Turning Mistakes into Life Lessons

If you don't make mistakes, you aren't really tryingWe heard this loud and clear during Generation W:  Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.  

A new book, Mistakes I Made at Work (out April 29th) by Jessica Bacal, reveals how some of today’s most influential women are more thoughtful, purposeful and assertive as leaders because of the lessons they learned from some of their biggest workplace mistakes.  Women interviewed for this book include bestselling author Cheryl Strayed, editor of Jezebel.com Anna Holmes, founding member of the band Sonic Youth Kim Gordon and vice chairman, managing director of Morgan Stanley Carla Harris, who was one of our Generation W speakers.

Carla’s story was recently highlighted in a New York Post piece, “5 Ways to Fix Your Workplace Mistakes”.  Her “fix”?

Don’t go it alone.
“Often we don’t want to ask for help because we don’t want to be exposed as unknowledgeable,” says Harris.  “That day I learned that if you don’t know, you need to ask.”

 

Click here to read the entire New York Post article.

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