Robert A. Swanwick recently reported on a storytelling framework that works well for gaining knowledge while evaluating projects. He learned of the framework from a presentation by Nancy Dixon, who in turn, learned of it from Lt Col Karuna Ramanathan.
With 2009 ending in a few days, it occurred to me that individuals could apply this technique to constructing stories about the past year with an eye toward learning from the year’s experiences.
- Who you are
- Summary of your year’s experience
- 5 fingers
- Little finger – what aspects of your life did not get enough attention?
- Ring finger – What relationships did you form? What did you learn about relationship building?
- Middle finger – what did you dislike? What/who frustrated you?
- Pointer finger – what would you do better next time around? What do you want to tell those who influenced your actions in the last year about what they could do better?
- Thumb (up) – what went well. What was good?
- 1 – the most important takeaway from the year