Believe in making U-turns. In the context of our discussion, be willing to accept your mistakes, incorrect decisions and failures and to go back to where you had started and start all over again. I call it making a U-turn because it could mean retracing your steps and, on the way back, seeing all the wrong turns (mistakes) you made and taking care not to repeat them. There are many environments in a company that can cause employees to take incorrect decisions: gut feelings, lack of resources and of experience, insufficient knowledge and so on. The issue is not so much about taking incorrect decisions, but about hesitating and being scared to make a U-turn and go back to the starting point. Trial and error are endemic in any company’s working environment . Things can go in your favor only if, after every error, you are prepared to start from scratch. This needs to become an attitude for anything as small as a PowerPoint presentation or something as big as the core strategies for your team or projects. If something is not working out, you have to shut it and start again. And start it with the same passion and stamina.
As Edison said, ‘I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.’
Written by Rudrajeet Desai