Lessons Learned Quotes

Lessons Learned Quotes


Here are of the best life lessons quotes I could find. The goal? To share my own life lessons, and many more from the best minds that ever lived. Enjoy

life lessons quotes taught love risky death even more maxime lagace wisdom

Life taught me love is risky. Death taught me to love even more. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

life lessons quotes learn from yesterday live today hope tomorrow albert einstein wisdom

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Albert Einstein Click to tweet

life lessons quotes too mysterious take serious mary engel breit wisdom

Life’s too mysterious to take too serious. Mary Engelbreit Click to tweet

life lessons quotes greatest can change second niki taylor wisdom

My greatest life lesson has been that life can change in a second. This is why it’s important to always live your best possible life and to do what you can for others. Niki Taylor Click to tweet

life lessons quotes succession lived understood helen keller wisdom

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. Helen Keller Click to tweet

Oxford Dictionary:

These are alternative forms of the past tense and past participle of the verb learn. Both are acceptable, but learned is often used in both British English and American English, while learnt is much more common in British English than in American English.

Learned (but not learnt) is also an adjective, pronounced as two syllables (ˈlərn|əd) rather than the one syllable verb (ləːnt or ləːnd). The adjective, when said of a person, means ‘having acquired much knowledge through study’. It can also be used of objects, meaning ‘showing, requiring, or characterized by learning; scholarly’.

We use the term “Lessons Learned” frequently, but what does it mean in reality? What is the “Lesson to be Learned”, was it “Learned” and how do we test the learning in an Emergency Management environment? Is it possible to test a “Lessons Learned” unless the exact same incident is repeated, observed, analysed against the previous incident and improvements measured? How can this be measured? What changed? What influenced the change/s? Were they positive or negative outcomes? Were people involved? Was this a process being evaluated?

Within an Emergency Management context, what we do experience are “actions observed” then analyse what applied during the event through a debrief or After Action Review commonly known as a AAR. Can we learn from the actions observed? Yes by analysing – what did we do well, what didn’t go quite as well as planned and how can we improve systems, processes and capability.

Exercises are one aspect in which some components can be tested. Unfortunately, these are generally set at convenient time, with adequate notice given so people can arrange their calendar accordingly. Do incidents happen at “convenient times”? Part of organisational systems testing and evaluation is to review the depth of organisational resilience in being able to observe organisational reactions to an exercise (incident) without warning.

Success in this strategy leads to a continuous improvement to respond within the organisation ultimately leading to reduced timelines to “business as usual”, which results in reduced financial and human capital impact.

There is a case for adopting a “actions observed & actions reviewed” organisational culture rather than being swamped by the tide.

2 June 2017 – I have received a couple of side emails on this topic over the past few days. In summary and adding to the “actions observed, actions reviewed” concept, is the process moving towards what I would identify as an adaptive solution model. My interpretation is that we will generally take several components or aspects from past experiences and adapt these as part of an integrated solution to fit any identified issues observed during events. Through adoption of this model, we prepare ourselves to observe and possibly implement early prevention/ mitigation and preparedness strategies then adapt from previous experience modified response strategies when operational outcomes do not go as planned.

Or as in many cases, due to time constrains, competing priorities and our organisational recovery back to a business as usual stance, we sit back and wait until the next event to think about and implement quick solutions as issues they emerge?

25 June 2017 – After watching a video from a fellow LinkedIn collaborator, I was exposed to a book, The Art of Learning, by Josh Waitzkin. One of those books which may have a couple for answers to the above questions, and one which should maybe added to our libraries.

As Emergency Managers, how do you learn from “actions observed” between events? What is your benchmark and measure of success?

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