Management Tip of the Day: 3 steps to recover from a mistake

Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:29am EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"While most people accept that mistakes are inevitable, no one likes to make them. The good news is that even large errors don't have to be career-enders if they are handled well. Next time you make a blunder, follow these three steps to recover gracefully:

1. Fess up. Trying to hide a mistake or downplay its importance can be fatal to your career. Be candid and transparent about the mistake, take responsibility for your part in it, and don't be defensive.

2. Make necessary changes. Mistakes are important learning opportunities. Explain to your boss and other interested parties what you will do differently going forward.

3. Get back out there. Don't let your errors keep you from ever taking risks again. Once the mistake is behind you, focus on the future."

- Today's Management Tip was adapted from "You've Made A Mistake. Now What?" by Amy Gallo.