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Welcome listeners to today's episode of Tuesdays with Coach Mo.
With what's happening in the world around us, it got me thinking about how you, the high achiever with Executive ambitions, with leadership strengths, with access to resources, specialized intelligence, handled multimillion-dollar deals, and are recognized as a star performer realized that you have made a mistake. How do you cope up? How exactly goes through your mind and what do you have to do to assess the situation and make sure that you will become a better version of yourself. Besides, we are all human and it's part of human life experience.
The thing about mistakes is:
1) they can happen to anyone at any time (nanosecond or cultivated over days, months, or years),
2) they can be external and due to some unforeseen event or they can be self-imposed and internal,
3) however, most importantly the key to recovering from a mistake is to have a plan so that you can unpack what happened, learned from you, and not repeat it again.
Now in the business world that I'm familiar with the use of the term debrief. And it is in the debrief that follows the launch of a product or big initiative, or proposal that all participants come together and debrief the successes and the shortcomings in an effort to improve upon either the process or the possible results.
And, so similar for you, consider the debrief process you will use to examine a mistake you have made.
When it comes to professionals making mistakes, it's very important that in order to appropriately recover, you must understand what happened and how you got to that place.
In today's podcast, I'm going to share what I believe are the components of a debrief for you to do on your own or with others.
Let’s establish some basic points about Mistakes.
Keep listening as I'm going to share with you stories of mistakes made by some of my coaching clients over the years that might be helpful to your current situations at work.
Components for debriefing a mistake:
When you discover that you have made a mistake, take accountability, engage in a process of debriefing such that you learn and grow.
You are still a high achiever, so continue to be a strong leader who delivers quality work. Whatever the mistake, it will become a thing of the past and you are equipped to excel and achieve the future you desire. No one is perfect and learning through your experience is preparing you on the road to fulfilling your executive ambitions.
Coach Mo Knows (A tip, a coaching question, a bit of inspiration)
For B-school graduates, this experience is like engaging in a root cause analysis.
What mistake have you made that created a beneficial learning opportunity?
It’s good to learn from your mistakes. It’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes. ~ Warren Buffett