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Learning from error

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"By ignorance we err, and by mistakes we learn." Roman proverb.

According to the dictionary, error is "unwise or wrong action." Sure ... the dictionary does not explain unwise or wrong about what ... or to whom. We may then redefine the error as "the action that produces an undesirable outcome for somebody." This "someone" I can be myself, or, in the organizational context, could be the manager, customer, etc..

What to do when someone makes a mistake? Many times we punish (or self-punish us if that "someone" is us). I wonder what the punishment is an effective way to treat an error? Which is what makes the punishment? Generally, fear, resentment, shame, stress, guilt, low self esteem ... Is it better that our ability to operate more effectively at another time? I really do not think so.

"Remember that in life there are no failures, only results. Think of one thing: "Success is the result of good decisions, good decisions are the result of experience and expertise is often the result of wrong decisions". What can you learn from past mistakes that will be useful to improve your life?" A. Robbins

In addition to solving a problem What other issues are important when we make a decision?

  • Display / Acknowledge the error: For further action as possible is essential to recognize the error as such, which we do not usually easy, mainly because this culture of punishment / fear in which we operate.

  • Search for Repair: What damage caused this mistake? Is there any way to repair the damage? If so, I can forgive, or forgive, or offer my apologies to the plaintiff?

  • Learn: Take the error as a learning space is what makes the difference between failure and success. Is what allows us, in the future, a better result.

"When you understand the human condition is the imperfection of the intellect, and not embarrassing mistakes, but errors persist." George Soros

Thanks to my mistakes of yesterday, I was able to grow. Thanks to my mistakes today, tomorrow will be a better person.

Pablo Buol 

Japanese Bamboo


No farmer should be aware that a good harvest requires good seed, fertilizer and constant watering good. It is also obvious that those who cultivate the land is not for impatient with the seed sown and shouts with all his might: "Grow, damn you!"

There is something very strange happens to the Japanese bamboo and transforms it unfit for impatient: Planting the seed, fertilizer and watering you deal with constantly.

During the first months appreciable nothing happens. In fact nothing happens to the seed during the first seven years, so much so that a novice grower would be convinced he bought seeds infertile.

However, during the seventh year in a period of only six weeks the bamboo plant grows over 30 meters! Does it take six weeks to grow?
No. The truth is that it took seven years and six weeks to develop.

During the first seven years of apparent inactivity, this bamboo was generating a complex root system that would allow it to sustain the growth that would have after seven years.

However, in everyday life many people try to find quick solutions, triumphs in a hurry, without understanding that success is simply the result of internal growth and that this takes time.

Perhaps for the same impatience, many of those who aspire to short-term results, they leave just as suddenly as they were about to achieve the goal.

It is difficult to convince the impatient successfully reach only those who struggle to persevere and know to wait for the right time.

Similarly, we need to understand that many times we face
to situations that will believe that nothing is happening. And this can be extremely frustrating.

In those moments (we all have), remember the ripening of Japanese bamboo, and accept that until the arms go down, or abandoned for not "see" the result expected if something is happening within us: we are growing, maturing.

Those who do not give up, they gradually and imperceptibly creating habits and temper that will allow them to sustain success when it finally materializes.

The triumph is a process that takes time and dedication. A process that requires learning new habits and forces us to discard others.

A process that requires change, action and formidable skills of patience.



It is impossible to imagine a basketball team learning without training, or a chamber music group learning without rehearsal. But that is precisely what we expect from our organizations. We hope that people learn when the costs of failure are high, when the staff is great threat when important decisions are irreversible and when there is no way to simplify complexity and shorten delays to better understand the consequences of each act. Should it surprise us that learning is a rarity in organizations?

Peter Senge



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