Learning lessons the hard (and sorta funny) way.

8 07 2016

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard

Those of us with teenage children know that no matter how hard we work to give them advice and warn them about probable outcomes and their consequences, sometimes the child is going to be stubborn (more generously: forgetful) and make the mistake anyway.  When they do, aren’t you tempted to dance around and say “I told you so!”?  But we can’t… we have to be solemn and caring, and talk to them about what they learned from it.  It’s like the conversation we had before the event didn’t happen.  Sure, we can (and maybe sometimes do) gloat, but mostly, we try to support our children, even when they do these bone-headed things.  🙂

Leaders, things like these daily comics, and the even better “Guest Writer Thursday” words of wisdom are a lot like the situation above.  Experienced leaders who learned the hard way the outcomes and consequences of a mistake are trying to make your leadership experience better by allowing you the opportunity to learn from our mistakes without suffering the painful consequences yourselves.  Sometimes you’ll learn from them.  Other times, you’ll make the mistake anyway,  We, despite wanting to dance around and say “Nah nah, I told you so!” must refrain from that urge, and support you as you learn the hard way what we tried to help you avoid.  So, if you’re the leader who wants to do the “told you so” dance, please try to refrain from doing so.  If you’re the leader who made the mistake, despite warnings, please forgive the other if they do have a bit of a smug look on their face.  They’re doing their best not to let that urge all the way out!

Have a great weekend, team!

Speaking of backwards…


Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com




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