Making Mistakes May Be the Only Way to Learn Important Lessons

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It has been said in management circles that you learn more from your failures than from success.  That is true for managing people and delegating effectively. Failure cause a sting that can lead to constructive re-assessment. Success is a strong self-confidence reinforcer.

Over many years of entrepreneurship and senior management I have come to believe that some of our most important lessons arrive through failures (large & small). If we do not accept the learning and improvement we can take away from mistakes, we are destined to repeat those same mistakes again.There is a clear need to pause, step back and understand what we can learn when we falter.  ‘\

This really is the hallmark of a great leader.

“Our successes are important to us for deep psychological reasons. From the vantage point of the unconscious mind, they stand for more than mere outside achievements. They stand as evidence of our potency, competency, and capability. They serve as reassurances that we have The Right Stuff—the psychological resources to make it in this world. They tell us that we are safe, that we can survive.

The unconscious mind, they stand for more than mere outside achievements. They stand as evidence of our potency, competency, and capability. They serve as reassurances that we have The Right Stuff—the psychological resources to make it in this world. They tell us that we are safe, that we can survive.

Failing to make the right choice or get the interview, the date, the job, the good score, the book deal, or the lasting happy relationship. These experiences of failure shape us as much as any successes we ever have”….More at Got Success? Or Failure? | Psychology Today

Samuel Beckett wrote “Tray Again…Fail Again” Every set-back, every mistake, when used as a means to find a better way, to re-assess options, to develop better skills, is a catalyst for ultimate success.  Effective management, whether delegating, planning, executing or reviewing requires the element of calculated risk. Learn from failures and set backs and find a new and better path.

 

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Michael D. Moore is the publisher of Management By Delegation and is a veteran executive with 40+ years in the Banking and Insurance Industries. A devoted entrepreneur, using his business experience to provide resources for managers and leaders at all levels. For the last 5 years, he has built a growing web presence for helping people with personal and professional development. To learn more about these advanced concepts & join our group Click here 5 Must Have Management Skills

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