You’re going to make mistakes at work, it’s just a fact of life. It wouldn’t matter if your boss were a Good Boss or a Bad Boss, you’re still going to goof from time to time.
The difference, however, is that a Good Boss will help you figure out where you went wrong, and give you guidelines for doing better next time.
A Bad Boss will simply grind your nose in the mistake, kick you when you’re down (emotionally speaking) and let it be known to all and sundry what a loser you are.
It’s up to you to sort out what went wrong and how to fix it--which you’re totally capable of.
Here are some suggestions Kevin Eikenberry, Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group, gave in a recent “Remarkable Learning Leadership Tip:”
“Consider your choices and assumptions. Since we don’t typically go into a situation trying to make a mistake, it is helpful to consider the situation in retrospect, thinking about the assumptions we made that contributed to the mistake, and the choices we made based on our assumptions and the situations as we saw them at that time.
“Decide what to do differently next time. This is the answer to the critical learning question, “Based on what I know now, what will I do differently next time?” Answering this question with a clear understanding of both the why and your choices, will give you a more complete, confident and meaningful answer to this question.”