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Chapter 2. Self-Confidence and the Abili... > Making Fun of Yourself Helps Others ...

Making Fun of Yourself Helps Others Learn From their Errors

Hidden problems become big problems. By being able to laugh at and share your errors, you invite others to admit and learn from theirs. It releases the damned up psychic power of secrecy. People respect managers who develop a “coping model” which allows them to bounce back from setbacks, over those who project a more distant, “masterful ideal.”

Strategies that Work

Consider giving a standing ovation for heroic efforts in the face of a bad day. When you find out who is struggling, have that person stand and give him or her a standing ovation. Watch the smiles melt away the tension. Don’t forget to ask for one yourself when needed.

One business owner put a large bill on the conference table and told his staff one of his recent errors and what he learned. He then gave his challenge, “Anyone who can top it gets the money.” He had the trust of his staff. Each shared a recent error, that evoked laughter. The “winning error” earned the money and a lot of laughter. Beyond that, everyone present learned from each error discussed.”



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