To err is human, to forgive is righteous

31 01 2014

“We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies – it is the first law of nature.” ~Voltaire

Regarding leadership, Colin Powell also said “Get mad… then get over it”.  We will all make mistakes as leaders.  Our job is to evaluate the data to the best of our ability, then make the call.  If you wait for 100% of the data to support a given hypothesis, either you missed the opportunity, or your competitor beat you to the punch.  When someone on your team makes a mistake, get mad, get over it, and talk about how to avoid a similar mistake.  When you make an innocent mistake, you should be able to count on your leader to do the same.  Of course, making the same mistake over and over again eventually won’t be forgiven – but that’s a different topic for a different comic. 

To err is to be human (i.e. “stuff happens”). Hindsight is 20/20.  Experience is the name we give our mistakes… There are so many sayings about mistakes because there are so many mistakes.    So, whether you made the mistake, or someone on your team made a mistake, get over it (either the anger or the guilt).  Fretting over spilled milk is unproductive.  Working to fix it, and celebrating the mistake so others can learn from it is the way to go. 

Speaking of pardon…



Rubes Cartoons used with permission.




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