Internationally recognized leadership expert John Maxwell once said, “If you aren’t making any mistakes, it’s a sure sign you are playing it too safe.” Mistakes are part of life. We have all made mistakes and will likely continue making mistakes. That is one way we learn at improving our life here on earth.
In order to live a full life we must stretch ourselves, and during that process we will sometimes make mistakes. That’s how we learn, grow and gain experience.
When employees make a mistake while stretching to complete a project or achieve a goal, what do some company leader’s do? They discipline the employee. Yet, what the employee needs is a coaching session to help improve performance. This is a time to energize, not demoralize.
Put away those written warning forms that only serve to undermine moral rather than improve performance. Coach employees through a mistake rather than making the event a disciplinary issue.
Great company cultures benefit from new ideas and innovation because employees are not fearful of making mistakes.