When coaching executives, one point I try to drive home is don’t be a “Can’t of Coke”.
What does this mean?
- Just because the voice inside your head is saying you “can’t do it” with a long list of reasons why it won’t work, challenge yourself to identify at least one way you can get something accomplished.
- Mistakes happen, sometimes very public ones (e.g. this image from Reddit, Inc.). Focusing on the problem creates a stuck mindset. Instead, acknowledge what happened with compassion and without blame, and quickly address it.
Most high performing leaders hate mistakes. If it isn’t a life or death scenario, chances are things will ultimately be ok.
Leave it to The Coca-Cola Company to bottle “refreshing” lessons into a 12oz.