Any professional or amateur athlete will tell you that the most frustrating thing in the entire world is the dreaded “unforced error.” An unforced error is a mistake attributed to your own failure or mistake rather than the skill or effort of a competitor or opponent.
In tennis, you could hear, “She made 88 unforced errors, including a double fault on match point to lose the match.” In business you could hear, “How can he portray himself as an emerging leader when he makes that sort of unforced error like constantly criticizing people and never embracing the power of coaching people for success?”
In the business world, these types of mistakes can be all too common, and they can completely derail success and business results.
During the past year, I have had the unique opportunity of writing several large business simulations in the areas of Coaching and Feedback, Resolving Business Conflicts, Executing Strategy, and Creating an Environment of Psychological Safety. The goals of these simulations are to provide an opportunity for leaders to practice new skills and learn by doing so they make mistakes in the simulated environment and not in the real world.
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