What Is a Mistake?
Perhaps, one person’s rain is another person’s blue sky. According to Merriam-Webster (n.d.), to make a mistake is to blunder in a choice, make a wrong judgment, and/or to make a wrong assessment about a given event, tangible things, intangible ideas or thoughts, a situation, a circumstance, and/or a specific condition. In short, a synonym of “mistake” is commonly identified as a gaffe, inaccuracy, miscalculation, misconception, oversight, misstep, snafu, aberration, omission, or a blooper. The thing about socially/culturally accepted definitions, relative to mistakes made, is that any mistake made can be corrected over time and through diligent effort by the alleged mistake perpetrator. Certainly, mistakes come in many forms, shapes, and sizes. Some mistakes cause a tiny blip, while other mistakes can cause men, women, children, and businesses to fall and make it all but impossible to recover.
The Mistake Avoidance Approach
In this post, we examine mistake avoidance. In other words, we will take a proactive preventative approach. The underlying objective of this piece is to help you and I think, act, and react in ways that will result in attainment of greater success and as opposed to flying blind into an oncoming catastrophe; potentially annihilating our reputation, brand, business, and/or our invaluable family and friend relationships.
The Biggest Mistake a Leader Can Make
This exclusive video short, featuring Bill George, Evan Wittenberg, Dr. Ellen Langer, Andrew Pettigrew, Gianpiero Petriglieri, Carl Sloane, Jonathan Doochin, Scott Snook, and Daisy Wademan Dowling, and produced by the Harvard Business Review (2010), guides us through practical methods, ideals, and practices so that we may ultimately become and sustain all that we can be.
Derived Conclusions (The Takeaway)
- Which mistakes have you been guilty of?
- How many of these suggestions do you believe will help you evolve into a more mistake-averse leader?
- Which entrepreneur was able to most relatedly connect with your unique leadership style?
Be smart and be encouraged,
Harvard Business Review (2010, August 31). The biggest mistake a leader can make. Retrieved October 31, 2013 from http://www.hbr.org
Merriam-Webster (n.d.). Definition: Mistake. Retrieved October 31, 2013 from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mistake