Archive for mistakes SmartBlogs

As a leader, what’s your first reaction when someone comes to you and tells you they made a mistake? While you may or may not verbalize your thoughts, you may be thinking to yourself:

  • Oh crap!
  • Seriously?!
  • What the hell were you thinking?!
  • How could you be so stupid?!
  • OMG, how are we going to clean up this mess?
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Your team is made up of some of the best — you have seen them in action and you know they’re great players. Every day, you see them minimize risk, manage issues and deliver quality work. They almost always execute flawlessly and you trust them to get the job done, praising and motivating them to perform well.[…] Continue Reading »

“To be persuasive, we must be believable; to be believable, we must be credible; to be credible, we must be truthful.” ~ Edward R. Murrow

One of the hardest talks that I had to give took place right before the beginning of my third year as head of school. It was at the back-to-school full faculty meeting and I needed to clear the air about an issue that was on many people’s minds.[…] Continue Reading »

This post is excerpted from “The Glass Closet” (HarperBusiness, June 2014) by John Browne. Visit The Glass Closet website and follow @glassclosetorg on Twitter.

It was time to leave the building.

At 5 p.m. on May 1, 2007, a few hours after resigning as chief executive of BP, I stepped into the elevator on the fifth floor of the London headquarters and began my descent.[…] Continue Reading »

The Young Entrepreneur Council is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Read previous SmartBlogs posts by YEC.

1. Eliminating toxic team members
I wish I could go back in time and eliminate toxic team members from the moment they became toxic.[…] Continue Reading »