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Category/Topic: Mistakes


By Tom Davidson

I recently interviewed Scott Wallinger (left) for my podcast, an iconic manager and leader in the forestry profession (http://leadershipnature.com/podcasts/s1e13-scott-wallinger/), and Scott reflected on his lessons in leadership through the lenses of history and experience. Near the end of this episode, Scott talked about the tendency of foresters to analyze things until they have the answer […]

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By Tom Davidson

One small but important right of passage for every young Boy Scout is earning his Totin’ Chip award. To earn it, a Scout has to learn and demonstrate that he knows how to carry, sharpen and use a knife, axe and saw. It’s a safety program to prevent injury to themselves and others when camping, […]

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By Tom Davidson

According to Mark Twain, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything,” or as others put it, “You don’t have to keep track of your lies.” Telling the truth and admitting mistakes are the currency of leadership, and as we are witnessing this week, the currency of good news reporting as well. […]

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By Tom Davidson

If you’re trying hard, learning and doing your job, you’re going to make mistakes. If you’re taking any kind of initiative at all, you’re going to step on toes. If you’re changing how things work, you’re going to hurt feelings, and, if you’re making consequential decisions, you’re going to overlook unintended consequences.  Therefore, as a […]

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By Tom Davidson

Saying the right words when giving your admission and taking personal responsibility is necessary but not enough. For an apology to stick, you also need to show real remorse, sincere sorrow and unrehearsed regret. See what I mean in the final post of this series.  If you lead for long, you’ll eventually need to apologize for something. No one […]

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