While most people accept that mistakes are inevitable, no one likes to make them. The good news is that even large slipups don’t have to be career-enders if they are handled well. Next time you make a mistake, follow these steps to recover gracefully.
- Fess up: Trying to hide a mistake or downplay its importance can be fatal to your career. Be candid and transparent about the mistake, take responsibility for your part in it, and please don’t be defensive.
- Make necessary changes: Mistakes are a great learning opportunities. Explain to your boss and other interested parties what you will do differently going forward.
- Get back out there: Don’t let your errors keep you from taking risks again. Once the mistake is behind you, FOCUS ON THE FUTURE!!