The reason I blog is to have a timeline of my thoughts which chart my progress through time. I have started numerous blogs over time and have failed to maintain these. I have learnt it the hard way, through trial and error. But at the end of the day, I am making progress. Before I call blogging success, I will have to wait until the renewal of the WordPress Hosting provider. This has been the point of failure in the past.
A diary helps people to reflect. What worked, what didn’t. Was there a blind spot? Could I have done it better? Without a record of some sort, it is hard to look back and review. I choose this written format which is open to the public. I feel you hold yourself more accountable by being public. You can have a private diary if you want. You can choose video diary if you so choose. But keep a record; update it regularly.
Even organisations need to have an internal knowledge base where they can share their failures and triumphs. I have not seen this in any of the companies that I was a part of. One of the companies did have an internal blog but rarely anyone used it. It is sad, to say the least.
If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.
– Sir Isaac Newton
The above quote is one of my mantras of life. Learn from others mistakes, at the same time do not be afraid to make them yourself. My bias towards action means I make more mistakes than others, but this also allows me to learn quickly, iterate and improve. When I say mistakes, they are not the same mistakes made repeatedly. I fail in different and new ways. You can say, I have a nack of failing in ways previously thought impossible.
For companies, a searchable database of the projects, decision making, skunkworks is critical. Any and every person should be allowed to add to this knowledge base. My recommendation would be to have a structure for how to write these episodes. The one that I have made my own and I prefer is BAR.
Background – provide the context. Set the scene.
Action – what happened? How did it happen? As you are aware of the context, the action piece provides the crux of how things happened.
Result – fail or pass? If you fail, that is OK as well. A result is a result. And you will not learn anything new if you do not make mistakes. Not allowing failure is one of the biggest crime that there is.