Experience- Learning from mistakes

Published by MBA Skool Team, Published on March 14, 2012

Individuals work to the best of their abilities to achieve the goals they set for themselves, both personal and professional. Growth in their respective careers with stability and gaining respect of their peers is something that every professional wants. People work to the best of their abilities, improve their skills, learn new tactics, prioritise their work etc to attain their objectives. However, despite their honest efforts professionals sometimes fail in a certain task, which might causes issues. But such a bad experience should be taken as a learning and should teach the individual to avoid such mistakes in the future.

Professionals are bound to make errors and mistakes as "No one is perfect". Even experienced people make an error which they normally wouldn't do. The mistakes if minor might not affect the organisation in a huge way but some mistakes can cause huge stress and complications, which might be at times be hard to resolve. Thus, it is bound to happen that people would make errors and mistakes would happen despite all measures taken. Sometimes, human mistakes occur due to loopholes in processes. And since professionals these days are #bound by processes, problems occur.

However, it is important to solve these problems rather than running away from your responsibilities. Blaming people for lack of #teamwork, pointing fingers at each other, avoiding taking responsibility of failures etc would only increase the confusion. The #priority at this stage is to resolve the issues as early as possible. Accepting mistakes and working on solutions without delay to rectify the mistakes should become the most critical priority.

Individuals should learn from these mistakes and take up finding a solution as a challenge. Preparations to avoid such mistakes in the future should be given priority and repeative annoying problems should be avoided. This way the processes are updated and people have an added responsibility to acquire this as a part of their skill set.

To ensure that events don't occur again, there should be prioritisation of activies which should be regularly monitored. Along with this, there should also be a contingency plan ready, so that in case of emergencies backup plans can be executed to avoid futher damage which is caused by the human errors. If such plans are followed, it minimised the risk and also gives stability to the process execution.

However, giving this priority to solve the problem shouldn't lead to neglecting other parallel tasks and activities. The other independent processes should not be halted when individuals are finding solutions to the problems. Infact, the challenge lies in solving the issues without disrupting the functioning of other processes.

"A Good day means everything is fine..

Bad day means you've gained some new experience and have to fight the challenge"

Mistakes are bound to happen no matter how well learned or professional or vigilant an individual is. Such incidents are bound to give problems but this experience should be taken as an opportunity to find a solution and ensure such things don't happen in the future.

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