Leadership

Friday Buzz: Recovering from a Major Mistake

By / Apr 21, 2017 (iStock/Thinkstock)

Moving past a big work blunder isn’t easy, but there are a few key ways you can avoid making the same mistake. Also: Why you no longer have to feel awkward when you use the word “millennial.”

After a major mistake at work, finding a way forward can be painful. And many bosses become frantic in their search for the root of the problem.

Fortune writer Nat Greene contends that leaders move too quickly in their haste to find out what went wrong, which may prevent them from repeating this mistake in the future.

Take the postmortem meeting, for example. By now, you’ve likely participated in these debriefing meetings after membership goals weren’t hit or major campaigns failed to meet targets. Greene says to nix those sessions altogether.

“… Such an exercise is often a collection of guesses about what the root cause might have been,” writes Greene. “When people bring their own biases and assumptions into the group’s understanding of the setback, the approach can lead you astray.”

Instead, start analyzing the setback by determining which parts of the problem are under your control and which parts are not. It’s natural to place the blame on external problems, but you’ll keep repeating failures if you don’t examine what you can control.

Millennials Reclaim “Millennial”

At some point, we’ve all cringed when using the word “millennial” as a stand-in for all 20-somethings and 30-somethings.

But if any publication could make us feel a little better about using this word, it’s BuzzFeed. The popular website has officially given the OK to use the word in a piece jointly published in the Columbia Journalism Review.

BuzzFeed once banned the use of the word in its editorial guidelines (except for in very specific circumstances). But the ubiquitous use of the word, from the very generation itself, has caused BuzzFeed to acknowledge that “millennial” has gone from a “cheesy marketing buzzword” to “just another everyday descriptive word in our vernacular.”

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Raegan Johnson

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