How Do I Admit We Were Wrong and Change Direction?
“Hey Karin, I’m so proud of my team. We had such an incredible pivot. We accomplished some incredible things. AND as it turns out we made some faulty assumptions, and we’re going to need to pivot again. How do I admit we were wrong without discouraging the team?”
Gain Big Credibility With Your Team, Even if You Have to Admit You Were Wrong
Here’s the truth, if you’ve made a mistake, it’s likely that your team already knows. When I think of leaders I’ve worked with who had real credibility with me, I could count on them to tell me the truth and admit their mistakes.
If you find yourself having to quickly change directions, start here.
- Start by thanking the team for all they’ve done.
- Explain what is different now.
- If you’ve made a mistake, admit it.
- Be very clear about what’s next and what you need from them.
What’s your best advice for helping your team move forward when you’ve learned something new. How can you help them “admit we were wrong” and move on gracefully?