Managing correctly our own errors is probably one the hardest thing to learn, but definitely valuable.
Usually, when an issue raises, I tend to first question my own responsibility. And I have no problem to say it explicitely when I made a mistake. But doing so, sometimes I really feel like an idiot, observing other people behaviour, which is rarely to concede publicly their errors.
Why should you concede your errors ?
- The first thing to consider, especially in business context, is your time. You’ve made an error ? Too bad. Concede it. Fix it. Focus on your objective and get results ! Don’t waste your time trying to reject the fault on someone else, or finding any credible reason, or entering politics…
- Additionnaly, easily conceding errors is often a sign of being demanding with ourself. It allows you to be demanding with your peers. Your work and results will improve naturally.
- You probably think that being the only one to concede your errors, you will be unfairly more sanctionned than others whose mistakes are not noticed. Let me tell you: if your boss can’t see others’ mistakes or deny them just because the responsible has not conceded them, you should quit your job and find a more suitable environment !
- Eventually, if you have a bit of self-consciousness, you’ll sleep better at night 🙂
As obvious as it sounds, it’s worth reminding it sometimes.
Thank you for this reminder! I indeed practice this, and through the months it makes my presence in my company valuable. And I don’t really care how the others react to their own mistakes or mine.