Today’s post is shorter than usual — mostly because it’s to-the-point.
In your education, at whatever level, it is easy to assume that each of you failed in some way in some subject. For me it was Spanish poetry and French. For others it’s Chemistry, English, Writing 101. For those of us who got back that first test or paper with a grade that was a failure to us, we probably looked around for help.
Many of you took advantage of the resources offered by the university. Professorial office hours, TAs, tutors, coffee…
In college, we each had a few tools in the toolbox that we could turn to. My question for you today is what tools do you have as a leader to turn to when a poor grade comes back to you? When you fail as a leader, where do you go? If your team fails, do they have somewhere to turn?
We’ve already discussed the importance of having a circle of safety. A team that catches you when you fail. It’s important that you and your team have a toolbox to turn to when mistakes are made. When we failed at anything in school, our desire to improve and succeed drove us to look for ways to not fail the next time. Your team needs those same resources as do you. That resource for your team will often be you. They need to know you’re on their side. Likewise, you need to have someone you can turn to when you make mistakes. This is vital. Often, when we make mistakes, we turn away from improvement because we’re embarrassed. A team is inefficient if members feel embarrassed by improvement.
Your challenge for this week: Establish who you can turn to for help when you make a mistake and need improvement and establish where your team can turn to for help when they make a mistake.