Don’t kick them when they’re down.

2 02 2016

“Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest your brains get kicked out.” ~ Francis Bacon

It’s a good lesson.  Don’t kick someone when they’re down.  Don’t be that “I told you so” person.  Win with grace, and when you’re wrong, don’t get too uptight about it.
Leaders, remember this when someone on your team doesn’t take your advice and tries a different approach – then fails.  Sure, you can bark on the heels of that error, but you’re probably better off congratulating them for thinking differently.  After the wound scabs over, talk with them about it, but give it some time.  They may have had the right idea by attacking it differently, and maybe they would have succeeded with a better result than your idea with a little support.

Speaking of barking…

Barkingog

Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com

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