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Missed deadlines, unsent emails, missing supplies.

Mistakes happen at work, and it can be uncomfortable. But owning our mistakes is key to protecting our relationships and moving on.

So how can you take responsibility for a professional mistake?

Honesty Is The Best Policy

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The quicker you report a mistake, the quicker you can fix it.

Do: Admit mistakes

  • Talk to a supervisor as soon as possible

  • Explain the situation clearly and honestly

  • Focus on problem-solving

Don't: Cover up and hide mistakes

  • Being dishonest can break your coworker's trust

  • Covering up mistakes can put your job or other's jobs at risk

Being Proactive Can Help Rebuild Trust

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Making a plan to fix your mistake can help rebuild trust.

Do: Create an action plan

  • Create a plan with different options

  • Tell your supervisor a solution is in action

  • Show off your problem-solving skills and flexibility

Don't: Be too hard on yourself

  • Take a minute to forgive yourself

  • Give yourself credit

  • Don't waste time trying to come up with a perfect solution

Be Humble And Learn From Mistakes

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Working towards a solution starts with taking control.

Do: Take responsibility humbly

  • Own your mistake

  • Take responsibility, even if things are out of your control

  • Use this as an opportunity to learn

Don't: Blame others for your mistake

  • Shifting blame makes you seem inconsiderate of others

  • Shows you are unable to accept bad results

  • Shows you can't be depended on

Quiz

What do you do if you missed a deadline and none of your team members have resolved the issue?

Summary

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Mistakes happen, but if you own it and work toward a new solution, you'll be back on track.

Take it from Einstein...

"The only sure way to avoid making mistakes is to have no new ideas."

Think about the last mistake you made at work. Did you own it? If not, what could you do differently next time?

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Yvonne Rosas

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