Review to Learn

Review to Learn

Revisiting the annual plan: REVIEW TO LEARN
How can your team learn from its performance and apply the lessons to grow and improve?


Are you reviewing the annual plan with your team?

  • Do you find it difficult to maintain positive energy during a review?
  • Do you feel that the plan is already outdated after two reviews?
  • Does the list of outstanding action items gets longer with each review?
  • Is the team complaining when a scheduled review is cancelled?

Annual plan reviews are seen in many organizations as mandatory activity

The quarterly results are shared, the action list is reviewed, deadlines are adjusted and new action items agreed to in a mechanical way. Another missed opportunity.


A true annual plan review articulates the performance climate

How sharp and energized is the team when reviewing its own performance? In a true annual plan review everyone comes prepared and is eager to learn. Results are thoroughly examined by the entire team. Questions and comments are important; the way questions are asked and comments are made is equally important. The team shares responsibility to monitor the atmosphere of the meeting to ensure team members feel safe and free to adress sensitive issues.


The purpose of an annual plan review is learning

The results of the past period serve as input for a joint reflection. The team reviews the results without judging, looking for explanations for unexpected performance. It’s not about ‘who’ but ‘what’ and ‘why’. Is there a pattern to how things are not going well? And in the things that are going well? And all this with only one purpose: to learn as a team how to improve.


The annual plan review closes the performance improvement cycle

Ambition, plan and reviews are inextricably linked. As a leader, you lead the session where the team deepens insight into their performance and progress. We help you prepare and facilitate a review where the team learns effectively and maintains high energy throughout the session. At the end of the review the annual plan is updated. And the team is committed to take advantage of the lessons in the period ahead of them.


A true annual plan review helps the team to

  • forecast cost and lead times and other resources more accurately
  • anticipate performance issues earlier
  • initiate corrective measures in time
  • select effective improvement initiatives
  • maintain an ‘Evergreen’ annual plan

Performance climate

Arnoud is a trustworthy partner, a sensitive teamplayer and an effective coach. In a short period of time he is able to create a climate of high performance in a diverse team of professionals. His facilitation led the team to take responsibility and meet a number of very challenging goals. - Saskia van Es, Leader Social Enterprise KPN

Performing in the Matrix

Arnoud understands how work gets done in large functional organisations, ie. process ownership vs line accountability. His outstanding strength however is observing how differrent members of the team function in the matrix leading to effective individual coaching and performance improvement for the whole organisation. Roelf Venhuizen, Sitemanager Shell Chemicals Moerdijk

Fun & Success

Two words summarize my experience of working with Arnoud: fun and success. Arnoud is a skilled analyst and a brilliant facilitator with a strong focus on business results. Above all he is able to guide leaders and teams to unknown levels of performance in a both confrontational and pleasant manner. - Juan Pablo Ortiz, Senior Consultant YesP

Go the extra mile

Due to his genuine interest in people, his integrity and his listening capacities Arnoud is able to facilitate both C-level management and their teams to grow and go the extra mile. In a workshop facilitated by Arnoud every voice will be heard and respected and people will leave the room energized, focused and determined to succeed. - Cynthia Leest, Marketing Specialist Consafe Logistics

Creative professional

One of these rare, authentic professionals. Someone brave enough to give you what you need, which at fist sight might not appear what you've asked for. Someone who will stick with you as a creative professional but most of all as an integer and profound personality. - Enrika Hens, Regional LEAN coach EU&AF Shell Downstream Manufacturing

Ambition and Focus

A shared ambition clarifies to everyone what the team stands for and where it’s heading to. It’s the point on the horizon making people feel connected and feel responsible. Guided by a shared ambition the priorities are clear, the goals will focus and motivation is for granted.

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WEB facilitates

Facilitate literally means ‘make more easy’. WEB facilitates workshops that help teams to achieve desired results fast, cost effective and collaborative. Our vision of performance is based on some simple and powerful beliefs

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Plan to Improve

A true annual plan is an improvement plan. Which initiatives will bring us closer to our ambitions? Achieving the goals is the focus. Growing as a team and as individual professionals is the way to go. A true annual plan breathes the flavours of a healthy performance climate: what are we going to do to further improve?

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