Monthly Archives: November 2018

Owning Equals Change

The ownership of a mistake is not completely found in words that say the right things without laying any blame. That’s a good start but true ownership is demonstrated in changed behavior as result of solid reflection on what caused a mistake. Saying sorry over and over for the same mistake is as annoying as blaming others

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Reflecting on Our Mistakes

We have not truly owned our mistake if we haven’t spent some time thinking about it. Reflection on negative experiences can be painful and that‘s why we often move on too quickly only to repeat whatever choices led to the mistake. Reflection allows us to learn and that makes any mistake worth it. An ounce of prevention

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Looking Good

Ownership of a mistake is counterintuitive to those that work hard to keep up appearances. Let’s be honest, it’s sometimes difficult to own a mistake because we don’t want the incident to harm our reputation. This innate sort of pride lingers from that childish fear of getting caught. Kids have to be taught to own up to

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Owning It

Great teammates own their mistakes. This means that when something goes wrong, they do not waste energy distancing themselves from the negative situation. Ordinary teammates step away from problems and point fingers to make sure they come out as clean as possible. Even in situations where there is a shared blame, a great teammate will focus on

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The Response

Mistakes happen. We try to avoid them but humans have limits and mistakes have an annoying way of highlighting those limits. Since our human experience is pretty much a guarantee that we will experience committing mistakes that carry various costs, it is important to consider how to respond to them. The response to a mistake is a

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The Ironic Mistake

We all would like to avoid mistakes, and we should. That desire can limit us from taking the necessary risks to succeed. When that happens, our conservative choices that were made to avoid a mistake become just that — mistakes. This happens when we miss opportunities that cost the team. Mistakes are often the cost of being

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Lean into the mess.

Great teammates own their mistakes. It’s as simple as that. Taking ownership means that I acknowledge my part in whatever went wrong without making an excuse that deflects blame away from me. Ordinary teammates spend a lot of energy to distance themselves from the mistake and therefore miss an opportunity to find a solution that may prevent

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Walking the Line Well

Teammates that never voice their dissent cannot be considered great because they are not contributing with their unique insight. While their idea may not be completely embraced it can be considered and lead to the idea that does end up being the chosen solution. Every idea is a brick on the path to the direction the team

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Generous Gratitude

Thanksgiving is too often thought of as an event that happens in the middle of autumn. It brings to mind memories and obligatory gatherings around specific food items. In this we are reminded that we are to “give thanks” for the things in our life. What if we said it differently? What if we use a thesaurus

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The Art and Science of Dissent

There is an art and science to operating on a team with healthy dissent. Not everyone is going to agree. The trick is knowing how to disagree and remain a great teammate. Speaking up only takes courage when we disagree. Be courageous. Expressing dissent without coming across as condescending or arrogant takes the tact of an adult

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