MISTAKES…

Jesus, CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership by Laurie Beth Jones

Tom Peters says corporations should actually reward people for failure, because failure means risk; and without risk there can be no success.  If your employees are afraid to make mistakes, they will be afraid to make much of anything.”

“A forgiving attitude creates forward motion.  I encountered this recently when my business partner made a decision for the company without my knowing about it.   I was upset because it directly affected seven other people.  My first reaction was anger.  I challenged her action.  She immediately responded defensively.  Since we were at a client conference, we especially need to remain a team, so we both backed off a little and approached the problem from one another's shoes. “What were you thinking when you made that decision?” I asked her, knowing that she had only everyone's best interest at heart.  She explained and then asked me why I was so angry.  I explained my rationale.  We both repeated word for word one another's reasoning.  Then we decided on a formula for action that would meet both our needs in the future.  Within a few minutes we were able to emerge from our discussion as a team again.  (As it turned out, her instincts were right.)

Forgiveness doesn't mean being a doormat or not using discretion in whom you deal with and how. Forgiveness means allowing others to make mistakes while you and they keep moving forward.

ACTION STEP FOR TODAY:

What situations have you had to forgive lately? Or should have forgiven?

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Quotes from: Laurie Beth Jones, Jesus, CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership (New York: Hyperion, 1995), pages 203-205 .

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