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"Mistakes" Blog Posts

March 15, 2022

Lessons Identified Vs. Lessons Learned – #MTtalk Roundup

Yolande Conradie looks back on how an ill-fated car ride convinced her that she needed to learn her lesson

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July 4, 2019

How to Show Self-Compassion – Your Top Tips!

How do you react when you make a mistake or fall short of your goals? If you're anything like me, you'll criticize yourself relentlessly. And you'll dwell on the moments before the blunder, picking apart every decision that led you there. But what if the tables were turned and it was your colleague that slipped […]

January 8, 2019

Learning From Experience – #MTtalk Roundup

“People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.” ― Paulo Coelho, Brazilian novelist Facing a new year, I've always wondered what the next 12 months may hold. Perhaps if I knew what was going to happen I'd be able to plan better. However, even with planned events I don't always feel […]

March 1, 2018

Best Practice or Just Bad Habits?

Best practices. Those two words carry a lot of weight. These are the activities that can help you and your company to raise your game, right? They can get you up onto a level with your leading competitor. They can even help you overtake that competitor, if they can be spread effectively throughout your organization. […]

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August 24, 2017

I Made a Mistake! Should I Keep Quiet?

Everyone makes mistakes. And I'd bet that anyone who says they haven't made a mistake hasn't accomplished much in life. An anonymous genius once said, "When it comes to our own mistakes we are very good lawyers. When it comes to others' mistakes we are very good judges." When we make a big mistake, some of […]

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April 6, 2017

How My Small Mistake Led to Big Problems

Learning from our own mistakes is how we progress. We can only hope that the consequences of them are not too burdensome. Here's an opportunity to learn without paying any price. Because, in this case, the mistake was all mine... Setting the Scene A generation ago, I eagerly accepted a new job leading Human Resources at an […]

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December 27, 2016

#MTtalk: Highlights and Lessons from 2016

I've been thinking about the lessons I learned from 2016 for a few weeks now. Every year it's part of my ritual when I start setting goals for the new year. It's also part of my closing rituals for the old year. As I re-played various scenarios in my mind, the lesson that I kept […]

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September 9, 2016

The Job That Turned Into a Mistake

You've put in the hours on your résumé, attended the first interview, done the role assessments, attended the second interview, and finally, finally, you get the phone call that you were waiting for… “We were really impressed. You've got the job. When can you start?” A Rush of Feelings So many different feelings wash over you… […]

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February 5, 2016

It Pays to Look After Customer-Facing Staff

I turn my back on the gray, drizzly high street and stand at the threshold of the store, blinking in the light of a thousand LED bulbs. The light bounces off the glossy white walls, and sparkles on the cases of a hundred smooth and futuristic-looking mobile phones. It also glints off the solid black […]

November 6, 2015

My Awkward Team Meeting

  Have you ever been in a team meeting at work and wanted the ground to swallow you up? What's your most cringe-worthy memory of a team meeting that didn't go very well for you? I have been witness to many an awkward moment in meetings, happily not always involving me directly. My awkward moment […]

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