Bad things happen to good leaders. Throughout the course of a career and life, matters unfold in unpredictable ways, often causing pain or upset. Such episodes create regret, remorse, or the strong desire for a “do-over.” Unfortunately, there are no do-overs, only resolve to not make the same mistake or react in the same way in the future. Worse yet, when something reminds a leader of the painful moment or event, they unwittingly relive the negative feelings they experienced.
Astonishingly timely post for me—I have been reliving a lot in recently and reflecting on what I learned and how I lead. Doing so does not necessarily reduce the pain, but it turns a negative into a positive.
Its like taking responsibility for events that happen to you. Even when its not your "fault". Once you take responsibility you gain the power to do something about the event.
A valid post. I like that you explain; the importance of commitment, and using experiences as opportunities for growth.
"Empirical experience will always trump theoretical (Jim Collins)."
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