by Alex Cook
In a year that tested us in the most extreme ways, we still managed to endure, and if we look hard enough, there were so many lessons that we were able to take away from it.
As a business, we are strong believers in taking time to reflect, because as the wonderful Maya Angelou said, “If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going.”
The past is rich with lessons to take with you if you take the time to see them.
In Japan, self-reflection is so highly regarded that it is believed to be a deeply practised art called Hansei. Hansei is about being able to truly set your intentions and set yourself up for success by understanding where you have come from.
In delving deeper into this, an article on the topic had a beautiful statement that stood out. It said:
“Hansei is used not only when things fail but also when they succeed. Anything can be made better and more efficient. Hansei is meant to question our assumptions about the kind of control we have over our lives and grants us the power to be better.”
Self-reflection, however, is only one side of the coin. Truly being able to learn from the past must come from community reflection too. That’s where you come in – our GCI community.
As a team and as a business, we don’t know how we’re truly doing until we get clear feedback from our community, and that’s why we have created our feedback form. We want to hear from YOU! If you feel we are justly living by our five values, tell us, and if not, share how we are doing so that we can continuously improve and be better.