Mistakes are going to happen in a career.
Sometimes those mistakes are broad in scope – like taking a job that you shouldn’t have or investing in a new business that didn’t work out.
More often, though, the mistakes are things that happen on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. I’m talking about things like mishandling a client concern, misinterpreting direction from your boss, or failing to recognize the accomplishments of someone on your team.
It’s important to remember that we are all guilty of making mistakes. But it’s even MORE important to know how to handle those mistakes.
How we react to a mistake doesn’t just have a direct relation to our job – our performance, reviews, etc. – it sends a message to everyone we work with about what kind of person we are. Think about it. You’ve worked with people who can’t admit they made a mistake. You’ve also probably worked with people who overly apologize for every little mistake they make, some of which you probably didn’t even notice!
So what’s the balance?