You've Made A Mistake. Now What? - Deepstash
Mistakes at Work
  • Most people unconsciously overreact about their mistakes.
  • It is much better to accept mistakes, learn from them, and move on.

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Admit and acknowledge your mistake
  • It’s critical to be transparent, and candid own up to the mistake, and not blame others.
  • Even if it was a group mistake, acknowledge your role instead of hiding.
  • In cases where someone was hurt, issue an apology, but don’t apologize too much, or be defensive.
  • The key is to be action-oriented and focus on the future. 

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Make use of your support network

A healthy support network is beneficial if it has authentic trusting relationships, has a varied range of perspectives, and follows the 'give and take rule'.

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Get Back out there
Try to get back and rebuild your confidence, by focusing on the future, with a resilient attitude.
Perseverance is the key to getting back in the game.

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No two mistakes are alike
  • Mistakes are always unique and different, and some can be tough to recover from.
  • Mistakes that involve breaking someone’s trust are harder to recover from.
  • It is advisable to issue a sincere apology and be patient.

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When making mistakes

Do:

  • Admit and accept responsibility. 
  • Demonstrate that you have learned. 
  • Show that you can still be trusted in the future. 

Don't 

  • Be defensive or blame your colleagues. 
  • Make mistakes that break trust. 
  • Hold back, and stay persistent.

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