Category Archive: Mistakes

Dear Dan: I Have an Employee who Makes Repeated Mistakes

Dear Dan, I have an employee who rushes through her work. I’ve tried to get her to slow down, but she is always worried about getting in trouble for not getting work done.… Continue reading

Stop Punching Yourself in the Face: 13 Self-Defeating Behaviors to Avoid

It’s not good to knock-out yourself. Self-defeat is inevitable until you acknowledge you’re punching yourself in the face. 13 Self-Defeating Behaviors: #1. People pleasing that motivates to stress-out over opinions and approval. #2.… Continue reading

Responsible Mistake-Making: You Suck Before You Shine

Lying isn’t a responsible mistake but missing a deadline might be. Catastrophic mistakes spring from character flaws and irresponsibility. It’s a disaster when you lie or cheat. But skill-development REQUIRES responsible mistake-making. Responsible… Continue reading

When You Mean Well, But Put Your Foot in Your Mouth

Dunkin’ Donuts is a comfort to me when I travel. When I see a Dunkin’, I think everything is going to be OK. It’s not that I eat donuts. I eat a bagel… Continue reading

The 7 Seductions of Leadership

Position, status, and success don’t magically make you superior to others. Know-it-all leaders become less than they could be. The 7 seductions of leadership: Knowing ‘about’ is the same as knowing ‘how’. Position… Continue reading

A Premortem: Reverse Positive Thinking for Success

Do premortems. A postmortem is too late. Gary Klein introduced the idea of premortems. A premortem is reverse positive thinking. Instead of imagining success, imagine failure. What might go wrong: A year from now,… Continue reading