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Jeff Diana: How do you handle mistakes?

You’re going to make a mistake or six, but what do you do after? For SuccessFactors chief people officer Jeff Diana, the key is to sprinkle in some self-deprecation, take it off the table, and move on. Watch to find out how. 

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FAST COMPANY: How do you handle mistakes?

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JEFF DIANA: The best way to handle mistakes is with humor. You gotta have some self-deprecation in there. I think you want to own them very quickly and visibly, something I learned early in my career. If you made a mistake, own it. Don’t dwell on it, don’t give people an opportunity to dwell on it as well. Simply own it, and take it off the table. That’s the first thing you do. I think you then have to try and learn from it. What’s the one or two things that you can take away from that mistake so you don’t fall in that trap again. And then I think you want to focus on the fix–what are you going to do better next time, and have some fun with it. You’re going to make mistakes, get comfortable making mistakes, and keep moving.

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