A lot of people in executive positions, (CEO, COO, or other second in command) still do not take the time to learn from their mistakes or failures. I am not saying that it is true about everyone, but in all my teachings, I still find that some of us find it hard to look inward and learn something after a mistake or failure. The truth is, that this happens to everyone – regardless of your title or job experience, it’s just part of business (and life). Truly great leaders learn from their mistakes and take the necessary actions to ensure that they do not happen again.
Before you blame someone else –
Before you blame the market.
Before you blame the economy.
Before you give all the reasons why someone or something else was at fault… my favorite trait of top leaders is their ability to blame themselves first.
Introspection is the examination of your contribution to the problem.
The next time you lose a customer, or a project doesn’t get done on time, or you’ve frustrated a team member, or you’ve missed a goal – before you blame anyone else or something else – see how you could have done better yourself. Dig in.
1. What could you have done differently?
2. What did you do to contribute to the problem?
3. What steps can YOU take to ensure this does not happen again?
4. What did you learn from this failure?
Imagine how much stronger you’d be in business if you regularly examined your successes and failures – and tried to learn from yourself first.
If you read my blogs, you’ll know that I love talking about business books, podcasts, and other great content. But perhaps you don’t need to read as many business books or listen to as many podcasts as you think! Most of us do not realize that we can learn more from ourselves than anyone else. It’s about owning failure and learning from it – no one is perfect, but we can all strive to be better next time.
Getting to know yourself as a COO is important, becuase although your job title may be the same – each job you do will offer new challenges and opportunities for failure. One of the best ways to learn about yourself is to have a network of peers – interacting with others and seeing how they handle themselves can help you shape who you are (as a COO) and help you make better decisions in the future. So – join your tribe – the COO Alliance! Click here to apply now!