At The Bold Leadership Revolution, we use the acronym S.L.O.W. to remind our high performers that they can move much faster if they SLOW down.

Taking the time to debrief yields huge results- both for personal development, and for the growth of business – so taking the time to step back is critical.

It can often feel counter-intuitive to make space in a rammed calendar to think and reflect.

Yet, in truth, 30 minutes of smart reflection pays back richly in performance, durability, and profitability.


The CEO Debrief is the tool to help you SLOW down, reduce overwhelm, and ultimately speed up by focusing on the most relevant actions.

In fact, research shows an incredible 25% performance acceleration as a result of debrief implementation (Tannenbaum and Cerasoli, 2013)

The clarity you get from self-coaching naturally moves you from insight to implementation.

Here'e why it works

The CEO Debrief is rooted in science around developing mental and emotional skills required to perform at your highest level.

When, each week, we are actively looking at what works, our wins, and gratitude we are training ourselves to have an optimistic view on our reality. 

This comes not from a place of naive optimism, but from the presentation of fact and evidence.

Dr. Albert Bandura’s work on Self Efficacy is an important one for human performance and leadership, and demonstrates how this works.

“Among the mechanisms of human agency, none is more central or pervasive than people's beliefs in their efficacy to influence events that affect their lives. This core belief is the foundation of human inspiration, motivation, performance accomplishments, and emotional well-being. Unless people believe they can produce desired effects by their actions, they have little incentive to undertake activities or to persevere in the face of difficulties. Whatever other factors serve as guides and motivators, they are rooted in the core belief that one has the power to affect changes by one's actions. This core belief operates through its impact on cognitive, motivational, affective, and decisional processes.”

The CEO Debrief is a tool to build self-efficacy, and is instrumental in combining self efficacy with business growth- a Combination which, as leaders, we know is essential.

Key Takeaways:

  • The CEO Debrief allowed us to get clarity
  • The CEO Debrief improved our performance
  • The CEO Debrief took us from being in the business to on the business
  • The CEO Debrief helped us to identify what we could control, and what we could not
  • The CEO Debrief allowed us to take learnings and actions from a failed business to ensure later success.