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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Learn from bad experiences: Management Tips

Learn from bad workplace experiences

It’s reality: Even our leaders can make mistakes. Working for some leaders can prove to be particularly challenging. It could be due to their questionable competence, sketchy ethics, or a generally bad attitude—but if these traits sound familiar, then you just may have the proverbial “bad boss.”

The good news is that you can learn a lot from a bad boss. If you aspire to run the department, or the organization, or even start your own company, then listen up! Great mentors will help you accelerate your growth, but bad examples around you can help even more. The negative emotions their behaviors stir up force us to pay attention. So take notes, be kind and cautious in response to their crazy behavior, and spend all the time you need to plot your escape. Soon enough, you’ll have your shot—and a long list of things you won’t do when you’re the new leader.

My second tip this week is something everyone can relate to, whether we work for a bad boss or not: how to deal with the mistakes we make at work and learn from bad experiences. Even the best performers sometimes mess up. Not to worry—it’s true that time does heal all wounds. In fact, you can speed up the healing time if you know how. When you learn to view your mistakes as catalysts for learning, the painful process of recovering from your biggest gaffes becomes a much more interesting process: one of self-improvement.

Bad bosses and the unavoidable, occasional mistake: both can be difficult, but both are manageable. Watch this week’s videos to learn how.

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