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Do you ever admit your mistakes?

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.


Posted by Sally Clare on Monday, July 15th, 2019 in FeaturesNews
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