• RJS

Mistakes and Responsibility

Updated: Aug 12, 2019


Once, a very smart person said "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry" (attributed to Robert Burns).


Things don't always go as planned.

And even if they do go as planned - the plans are not always perfect.


So you'll fail.

You will make mistakes.


And if you won't make a mistake, you'll see someone else making a mistake.


You're not expected not to fail.


You are expected to always learn from mistakes - no matter who made them (but especially if you made them).


And you are expected to be one of the driving forces for improvement and fixing - instead of "What can we do so that next time I better understand the schedule?" - which leaves someone else the responsibility to propose how you can fix your mistakes - try "I propose that next time I'll check upfront what is the schedule - would that help? Or would that be annoying?".


Instead of pointing out what brick is missing - place an alternate brick in the wall.

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