We tried something for the first time recently. We made a couple of mistakes in the process.
Just as we began talking about these mistakes, we chose to refer to them as learning. It was our first time – we were bound to make a few mistakes.
It is amazing how such a simple reframing changed the narrative and the tone of the conversation. It went from useless speculation about how we made the mistakes to what we needed to do the next time. From blame to constructive discussion in an instant.
If the narrative isn’t working for us, it might just be time to change it.