Stop the denial!

Everyone makes mistakes. It’s how you handle them that makes all the difference. Allowing your ego and impatience to get the best of you can and will cost you your job. First apologize to all involved, sincerely. Clichés or platitudes won’t change anything. People will naturally be forgiving if you are not continually making the same mistakes over and over. If you missed an important milestone, committed fraud or lied, gossiped about your boss or upset an important customer, it will take more than the apology to set the right tone for the future, if you are given the opportunity. When you are, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance—become very coachable and do whatever is requested to get back on track ( If you have burned your bridges, learn from your mistakes and negotiate a good severance package. Be responsible about lamenting your situation to others, because no one wants to hire someone else’s problem!

(c)Jeannette L. Seibly, 2013

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