Can you handle failure?

Managing Yourself – Can you handle failure?

Handling failure and blame is a key to managerial success. But, according to Datter and Hogan 2011, roughly 70 % of Americans have a personality type that tends to react inappropriately when things go wrong.

Fortunately there are ways to fix such flawed responses. The first step is to cultivate self awareness. Several personality questionnaires can help you assess your preferred type.

The next step is to deepen your personal impact awareness (or political awareness) in order to better understand what messages others are receiving.

Once you have identified your bad habits, you can move toward more adaptive responses such as:

  • Listening better
  • Communicating more effectively
  • Reflecting on the situation and people involved
  • Thinking before acting
  • Looking for the lessons learned when mistakes do happen