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Uncommon Words for the Workplace

Uncommon Words for the Workplace

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Published by: Andre Yee on Dec 09, 2011
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"I was wrong...

" It doesn't matter what comes after the start of that sentence, admitting you're wrong is still one of the hardest things to do in life. Not sur prisingly, it also figures to be some of the most uncommon words in the workplac e. Recently, friends of mine faced significant criticism from co-workers for mistak es made on a critical project - mistakes that set the project back. Furthermore, not only had they made these errors, to their own disappointment, they also tre ated others disrespectfully along the way. They were, to some degree, reaping bi tter fruit from seeds they had sown. Never mind that they were working hard and doing their very best. Never mind tha t they did far more good than harm. Never mind that others had made mistakes as well. All that was in view at that moment in time were their mistakes and the re sulting criticism. How did my friends respond? They stood up in front of their co-workers and admit ted their critical errors. They also apologized for the way they conducted thems elves and I respect them all the more for it. If it's unquestionably difficult to acknowledge a mistake in judgment, it would seem altogether unbearable to confess to character flaws like arrogance in a pub lic setting. I've come to learn that "sorry" truly is the hardest word in busine ss - "sorry for my decisions", "sorry for my impatience", "sorry that I let you down". Few say it even though many mistakes are made every day - by executives, middle managers and individual contributors. Particularly because most criticism is a blend of truth and error, it's so much easier to justify ourselves rather than working hard to extract the essence of truth in the complaint. So what would compel you to stand up and let your mistakes be counted? Would pra gmatism or fear motivate you? "If I don't concede my mistakes... my coworkers wi ll make life miserable...or I might lose my job..." Both may appear to be plausi ble reasons but from my experience, neither fear nor pragmatism serve as compell ing forces for true humility. Neither will cause us to do the unthinkable - to embrace the God-given opportuni ty to admit faults and confess weaknesses. Yet, there may be a better way noted in Philippians 2: "Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likene ss of men." Welcoming opportunities to confess our weaknesses comes through a renewed, humbl e mindset. A mindset similar to that of Christ. Instead of claiming his rights a s equal to God, Jesus Christ "made himself nothing". He humbly sacrificed his li fe for the eternal good of others. This mindset is the right and responsibility of everyone who calls upon his name, who receives forgiveness of sins through Ch rist. Knowing his forgiveness means that we have faced our greatest criticism our moral failure before God - and lived to tell the tale. It gives us hope and makes us courageous enough to say "I'm sorry" to those we fail presently. When was the last time you apologized for your words or actions?

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