Good to learn from others’ mistakes, sounds cleaver. But it involves many stages. First you commit your own mistakes. Then you identify your mistakes. Then you learn from your mistakes. After that, you identify others’ mistakes and then, you learn from others’ mistakes. If you are not able to identify and learn from your own mistakes, forget to learn from others’ mistakes.
Why Learn From Others’ Mistakes?
You should also be clear about the need to learn from others’ mistakes. In highly competitive environment in every working place, mere hard work will not get you ahead in the race. Because everyone is working hard. There are very few who do the smart work. And not committing mistakes is a part of smart work. Now this is a difficult situation. You have to do a lot of hard work with smart work without committing mistakes! Seems impossible?
You can make it possible if you can learn from others’ mistakes. Let others do the messy part of committing mistakes; you just focus to learn from their mistakes. This involves a lot of work. This is how it goes:-
- Keep An Eye On All Activities. You need to keep an update of all the activities at least in your department. Who is working on which assignment? What is the new projecting coming up? Who will be given next responsibility? Which colleague is working on that ambitious assignment? Who is assisting the boss in that important presentation? Unless you have all these information, you don’t have a clue what is going around.
- What Could Go Wrong. Once you regularly keep update of all activities, you must comprehend all those tricky situations where one could go wrong and commit the blunder. Don’t worry about checking with the person to mind this or that, he/she may not take it positively and blame you of interfering. You don’t just walk in and start helping people willingly unless asked for.
- Someone Messes Up, You Need To Know All About It. So when someone messed up, you need to know everything about it since beginning. What happened? When did it happen? How did it happen? Who did it? What are the consequences? You have to do this without being spotted.
- Analyze The Whole Situation. So if you have all the information about it, sit back and do your own analysis. Pay attention on every little piece of information. Try permutations combinations, analyze from all the role players’ point of view.
- Come Up With Your Conclusion. After all the analysis, you have to draw a conclusion about what did go wrong. And you have to be brutally honest with yourself about it. This is the most difficult part of it. You must ask questions to yourself. Could you do the same mistake? Did you ever avoid small important information while designing a project? Have you forgotten to double check all the details while finalizing that project report? If yes, you need to make a note somewhere that if you do the same mistake ever, that would be the big blunder of your career. As simple as that.