Ouch. That was hard. You made a big mistake at work and everyone knows (or so it feels). Some of the greatest men/women in history have made really big mistakes. Bill Gates is on record, at one point, saying that he would never do business over the internet. The best way to rebound from a big mistake is to fess up if you haven’t already. Admit that you made a big mistake. Humility and a course correction will get you through this. Often times, a big mistake is better for your career than mediocre success. Why? Because you work hard to change things after a big mistake. The pain of the error causes you to correct the path. You do things differently. You make a better path. Your results improve. Things become significantly better because of the error.
Closely look at the causes of the mistake. Evaluate how you could have done it better. Ask other leaders or others in your company what you could have done differently. Use it as a chance to learn from your error. It should be used as a great learning opportunity. This could end up being the best thing that has happened to you in awhile. Keep a positive humble attitude and you will come back strong. Keep a positive perspective. You will sail past this in no time.
by Bethany Williams