18. Feb, 2020

Mistakes are not failures ...

Picture by https://pixabay.com/illustrations/mistakes-failures-opportunity-2460733/ 

"Mistakes are okay" or "Fail fast, fail often, fail early" is the new mantra, slogan, spirit, culture and mindset in an Agile and Startup environment. A lot of Corporates, old economy, long-established or late follower companies are going into the same direction in the meantime. So it is a common topic in our daily work environment. Do you agree?

So far so good, but what happens when you really make a mistake or fail? 😉 Somebody has to be responsible and preferably a single person, as this is easier to handle and to address 🙃. In a larger group one waits for the other to finally take the responsibility and to initiate a change that the mistake is not happening again. Can work, but does not have to ...

And what about an apology? In a face-to-face meeting or public? As mistakes are no failures it should not be an issue to apologize, if you really mean it. Some people might react surprised or are not able to handle it, but who cares. I once made a job interview with a guy who did play Rugby for more than 20 years. When I asked him, what did you learn in sports and are applying in your private and business life now, he answered to things:

  1. Never question a Referee decision
  2. When you made a mistake, you have to apologize in front of the whole team, as everybody was impacted

Sounds like some good learning and is definitely not restricted to Rugby only 👍. So don't be shy, it will help you and your team.

My wife did just ask how far I am with my post, as I told her about the topic. Her comment "a mistake is fine as long as the boss is not impacted in any way by it". Makes sense ...

“Having fun won’t put food on the table. But a life without fun has no flavour. Work, study, racing. It’s all the same. It’s only curiousity that moves us.” -- Honda quote taken from  http://japanoscope.com/japanese-quotes/, good insights into the Japanese culture.

"People don't fear change. People fear sudden change. People fear revolutions. People don't fear evolutions." -- Simon Sinek, https://simonsinek.com/