Nobody likes to make mistakes. Especially in situations where you feel like you should know better. Like the time you blurted out how an officemate wasn’t pulling his weight and your boss wasn’t exactly thrilled with the way you delivered your message. Or maybe you’ve made even bigger mistakes than that. Like that time right after you got invited to the C-Level that you…
… found yourself being more focused on impressing everyone in the room rather than listening for what there was to learn.
… left a meeting and were unable to count how many times you interrupted the CEO, CFO, or present.
… chose to cover up your faulty forecasting rather than disclose incorrect predictions.
Or maybe you dismissed a direct report without hearing out her ideas because you thought for sure you knew what she was going to say.
Or maybe you didn’t take a stand and insist that the organization go after a key positioning opportunity because you were afraid your colleagues and bosses would disagree or wouldn’t hear you.
Or maybe you found yourself totally unsatisfied in your career and kept at it because you thought it would get better or make you rich or give you power.
I know. I’ve been in that situation. I remember sitting on an airplane headed for a work-related event in New York. I felt totally unsatisfied and found myself wondering why I shouldn’t just get off the plane, quit my job, and pursue the dream I’d been avoiding for years.
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