I Am Never Wrong

Yes, you read correctly, I am never wrong… said the world’s worst manager while watching another employee leaving in search of opportunities outside their company.

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Well, yes… unfortunately there are way too many managers who are absolutely sure they can never be wrong and that the whole company revolves around them. I am not talking about CEOs, who indeed make the world turn, because they usually know very well how important everyone in the team is. 

There is NO manager in the whole wide world that was never wrong throughout their career. It may have been about bad recruitment, with an interview that may have misled you and later you realized that the new hire was clearly a disaster; or it may have been about a business decision because of which the company lost a lot of money/customers or got to fire people. And you are to blame for all this. 

When you are wrong, you shouldn’t sweep it under the carpet and pretend nothing happened, neither pray to the corporate gods that no one learns of your mistake – you simply have to admit being wrong. Even if it sounds quite common and we tell this to our kids quite often, a mistake admitted is a mistake forgiven. We tell it to them and forget the same applies for us, so we fix what can still can be fixed. No bs, not blaming others (especially not your subordinates) or suggesting it’s not a big deal, you just have to take the responsibility. 

First thing is to assess the damage, to realize what have you done, then to explain (if you still have to whom) how you ended it up in that situation, preferably without turning it into a lame excuse. For your own sake I hope you followed certain rationale and didn’t do an intentional mistake, otherwise you may need to visit a specialist who can deep-dive into the abyss of your mind. 

No matter the reasons, don’t lie about it; no matter the consequences, in the long run it’s more important to keep your integrity. You cannot break a centuries old stained glass and just buy a new window as an excuse, but don’t self flagellate either. 

For everyone’s sake, let’s hope that you, as well as the organization, learned something from this experience and that you can move on. If you can fix it, do your best and work relentlessly until the issue is solved, after all, it’s your reputation at stake here. 

Good luck succeeding!

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