Hey manager, these mistakes could make you successful
I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you: you’re human. That’s it, both good news and bad news. Yes, you will make mistakes. No, most of these things are not fatal, to you or your business.
Now, if you look around – especially if you look online – you will come to believe mistakes are something to avoid like Dengue fever. People who do one thing wrong are lampooned for days by other people who probably also made mistakes that day. More to the point, the people doing the most laughing are either: people who can relate and sympathize … or people who have never accomplished anything of note and just don’t understand what it takes to succeed.
But, no matter what the “world” says, mistakes happen, and they are rarely the end of the world. So don’t get caught up in the hype. Otherwise, you will find yourself so focused on Mistake Prevention you won’t get anything done, and you won’t be any good to anyone.
Consider: Brett Favre is a Hall of Fame NFL quarterback. Umpteen touchdowns, Super Bowl wins, and the love of legions of fans. You know what else Favre did a lot of? Tossed interceptions.
The Wright Brothers are credited with “inventing” assisted human flight. You know what else they did? They crashed. A lot. In fact, their “successful” Kitty Hawk flight only lasted a few seconds. Long enough for them to think “Wow! This is working … then down they went.
This is not to say you shouldn’t take mistakes seriously. You should. You need to be your best, and you need your team to be its best as well. But, again, if you see your chief goal as achieving a mistake-free workplace, that’s all anyone will ever be thinking about. You can’t innovate in that environment, so you can never get any better.
So, manager, what about it? What are some mistakes you’ve made and learned from? Share them in the comments. We’d sure love to commiserate.
Making it okay to take risks and – possibly – make mistakes will give your employees the freedom they need to be better than you expect. If the absolute top ceiling they can achieve is status quo, they will begin to struggle to reach that metric. Then you will find yourself and your team failing to meet those expectations. Encouraging “more” is also the first ingredient in the recipe for personal development, improvement, and innovation.