|While most people accept that mistakes are inevitable, no one likes to make them. The good news is that even large errors don’t have to be career-enders if they are handled well. Next time you make a blunder, follow these three steps to recover gracefully:|
- Fess up. Trying to hide a mistake or downplay its importance can be fatal to your career. Be candid and transparent about the mistake, take responsibility for your part in it, and don’t be defensive.
- Make necessary changes. Mistakes are important learning opportunities. Explain to your boss and other interested parties what you will do differently going forward.
- Get back out there. Don’t let your errors keep you from ever taking risks again. Once the mistake is behind you, focus on the future.
3 Steps to Recover from a Mistake – Management Tip of the Day – August 23, 2010 – Harvard Business Review.