It’s a new day, a new way and I am feeling good!

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It’s a new day, a new way and I am feeling good!

These last couple of days I’ve been beating myself up, ever since I discovered that the way I had been approaching a private project was wrong. I had made it too complex and far too expensive. All along there had been a much simpler way forward, right under my nose. What’s more, the simpler approach would have been much more profitable. At the age of 58, I have still got a lot to learn it seems!

My first reaction on the discovery was that I wanted to tell the world about it. I wanted some sympathy and understanding. I wanted to hear things like “yes but how were you to know?” and “Harley, you couldn’t have done any better, you’ve worked so hard, at least you’ll know for next time.” “Consider it a valuable lesson”. But to be honest, until now I have resisted the temptation to spread the word of my folly.

The question is what do you do in this situation? Tell the world, or just your colleagues, or bite your tongue, learn and say nothing at all? The risk of keeping quiet is that sooner or later someone will work it out for themselves and then what do you say? “Ah, yes I realized that earlier on but it was too late to do or say anything about it.”

The real danger I see in not admitting to our mistakes is that by not sharing them our colleagues do not benefit from our learnings. In addition, only in a ‘lessons learned’ debate can we be sure if it actually was a mistake because there is always the possibility that perhaps the other way wouldn’t have worked)!

This morning I awoke with the same melancholy as yesterday but as I sit and write this blog – I see that indeed, that I am over it and, in the words of the lovely Nina Simone song: It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn and I am feeling good!”

Have a good week,


2016-11-17T08:23:47+00:000 Comments

About the Author:

Harley is a dynamic 'we can do this' kind of person with a successful track record of working for a wide variety of companies in all kinds of sectors. From very small family run businesses right through to giant multi-nationals. Over the last thirty five years Harley has built a reputation for inspiring those around him to rout out and tackle the core problems facing their organizations. Armed with a wide range of pragmatic tools that he has developed over the years, Harley is able to help his clients bring about long-term, sustainable solutions, while having fun at the same time. Harley is a motivational 'people person' who is nonetheless tough on efficiency and delivery. Apart from being well known for his highly entertaining and motivational speeches, Harley is also a blogger and author of four books; 'The Change Manager's Handbook', 'Transition', 'Inspirational Leadership’ and ‘Making a Difference’.

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