Saturday, May 1, 2010

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new

~ quote by Albert Einstein

The learning from mistakes checklist:
  • Accepting responsibility makes learning possible.
  • Don’t equate making mistakes with being a mistake.
  • You can’t change mistakes, but you can choose how to respond to them.
  • Growth starts when you can see room for improvement.
  • Work to understand why it happened and what the factors were.
  • What information could have avoided the mistake?
  • What small mistakes, in sequence, contributed to the bigger mistake?
  • Are there alternatives you should have considered but did not?
  • What kinds of changes are required to avoid making this mistake again?What kinds of change are difficult for you?
  • How do you think your behavior should/would change in you were in a similar situation again?
  • Work to understand the mistake until you can make fun of it (or not want to kill others that make fun).
  • Don’t over-compensate: the next situation won’t be the same as the last.
Full article here: How to learn from your mistakes? by Scott Berkun

More turning your gaffes into gold:
You've Made A Mistake. Now What? - Best Practices - Harvard Business Review
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