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What if admitting weakness makes you seem stronger?

It always seems to be the most confident, proficient members of teams that are quickest to point to their mistakes and apologize for them.

And it seems to be the less-confident, less-proficient members that rarely apologize, or spot (or admit) their weaknesses–instead, apologies are replaced with versatile excuses.

  • Sorry has nothing to hide: This person flags their mistakes publically to the team. They have a clear enough grasp of their work that no mistake gets shipped. Even if the mistake is their own.
  • Sorry ‘owns the gap’: The space between error and resolution never goes unnoticed or unresolved for this person. Issues get caught, flagged and fixed, without requiring others to stumble upon their mistakes.

On your team, how often do you admit weaknesses? Your answer may point to your next growth opportunity.

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