We have often quoted the Red Arrow Story about the way they conduct debriefing after every flight. It is not the Squadron leader that delivers the review but rather a different member of the team each time. Each pilot has to learn to analyse and deliver constructive criticism – yes even tell the leader that he did something wrong.
With so much sport taking place currently, we were interested to hear a number of discussions about: “Can coaches admit their mistakes?” Not often it appears.
It’s not about “saying sorry” – although that is not said often enough.
To learn from our mistakes we must first admit them. Far from being a sign of inferior mentality, not to admit them is a moral flaw. Wrongness is a vital part of how we learn and change – assuming we acknowledge it.
There’s a whole book on the subject – ‘Being Wrong’ written by Katherine Schulz, a Pullitzer Prize-winning author.
Do you ever say: “I made a mistake”? People like and trust you more when you do.