We all make mistakes don't we. Some are minor and have no real consequences and some more major with potential impact. When you make a mistake, what you do about it afterwards is really important says this interesting article in Forbes.
They say; "THE COSTS OF MISTAKES COMPOUND OVER TIME"
I can't put it better myself and so in their words "No matter how bad the initial consequences of an error are, the costs continue to mount until steps are taken to fix the problem—and those steps won’t start until you let people know what happened. That is why you need to let people know as soon as you realize that there is a problem."
It could be tempting to ignore the mistake, and hope that it will go away. But these things can have a habit of catching-up with you, if not now later on. So be open and tell someone.
- You're not weak
- You won't get everything right all the time
Is your ego getting in the way?
It is a lot easier to inform others about a mistake if you have built a culture where it is safe to be open and honest about mistakes. If people fear that they will be 'punished' there will be a culture of covering up which could a long term impact on the organisation success.
What encourages people to tell you about their mistake?
- you create trust
- you create and open and honest approach
- you accelerate individual learning and individuals move to self mastery or independence quicker
- you minimise future mistakes
- you create accountability for mistakes
- you create a problem solving culture where individuals make effective decisions when you are not there
- you share stories where people have made mistakes and what happened next t build trust and confidence
Are you doing what you need to do to encourage an open and honest dialogue about mistakes .........
"If your job involves anything complex or difficult, at some point, something will go wrong. It might be that an action has unforeseen consequences. It might be that you were aware your plan had a low probability of success. You might even make a mistake in the way you execute something. It’s human nature."