A Moment of Poor Judgement - A Leadership Lesson

April 12, 2017


Realize it. Plan for it. Learn from it.
     That’s my advice when considering your judgment in both life matters and business matters. Business people these days are encouraged to make mistakes and learn from them. The reality of this lofty goal is something else, however. We may be encouraged to be risk-takers and make mistakes, but when your integrity is compromised, the result can be devastating. So be careful how you approach this lofty ideal. Always challenge yourself to think through the facts in a situation. It’s one thing to take risks. It’s another thing to ignore certain signposts. Listen to others. You don’t have to take their advice, but it’s always good to get a variety of perspectives. This will help you to draw up an informed decision.
     Now here’s the reality. There will be times when you make the wrong decision. Your judgment is clouded. Perhaps you moved ahead anyway even after someone cautioned you. You thought you had it right, but pretty soon after implementation, you realized something was incredibly wrong. Your integrity seemed to be shattered – if not publicly, you feel the personal humiliation yourself. You just weren’t with it when you made the decision that you did. What do you do personally to handle the situation?
1) Face up to the error. Acknowledge it in your own mind, retrace your steps, and learn from them.
2) What would you have done differently based on your experience now? Be specific and note down the key learnings.
3) Establish an advisory network of trusting colleagues and relatives that you can talk to openly and transparently. This should be a tight group, not a large group. Your spouse is your best confidante. Since you may be looking back on an episode of poor judgment, you should seek their advice on what you can learn from the experience.
     The Bible says that we need to realize that we are not perfect. We should forget what is past, and press forward to the mark of the prize for the high calling of Jesus Christ (Phil 3:13-14).
This is very sound advice. We cannot undo what is in the past. At times our judgment will be poor. We should repent of past errors, learn from what went wrong, and then forget and move forward. In so doing, we will be restored unto our salvation and will be sustained (Psalm 51:12).
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