How to Make a Mistake …and Still Win

Categories:Careers, Learning

When coaching I am often faced with people who want to start over – in their career, job, start up business. Starting over is not an option usually and what I work on is Bob's tip for personal growth!

Personal growth often comes down to taking responsibility for our own learning and development and not taking the easy way out and blaming your boss, your luck, your education etc It is in taking responsibility for making sure that mistake won't happen again, that our personal growth becomes more attainable.

We all make mistakes – we are all human after all! – mistakes are just like footprints on the sand, at first they seem so obvious and then disappear once the tide turns….

So how do you make the career tide turn?

  • Be honest about what actually happened.
  • Understand how it happened.
  • Think about how you could have handled it differently.
  • Think about the skills or knowledge you need to handle it differently in the future.
  • Then turn the mistake into an opportunity, an opportunity to grow and develop. 

In all forms of life a great start helps….but it doesn't guarantee success…..remember the victor is the one who crosses the finish line, not first out of the blocks…and the occasional stumble just makes the ultimate career success..even more special.

Anna has spent over 20 years as a Board Director at several global brands. She now runs her own company The Engaging Brand which supports business leaders who want to transition to the new social business model. She is also a speaker, writer and radio show presenter on social business, indeed her podcast The Engaging Brand has been nominated 6 years running as Best Business Podcast at the Podcast Awards. She brings an unusual mix of experience to business - she has a 1st Class Law Degree, MBA in marketing and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. This unusual mix means not just explaining the why of being social but how to turn social into a measurable business tactic to grow your bottom line. Her blog is recognised as one of the leading UK marketing blogs.

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