One of my many passions is baking. In fact, it amuses many people how upset I get when something I bake doesn’t turn out quite right. Even if it comes from a box!
On one such occasion, I was making a peanut butter cookie loaf, or roll, or something like that. Anyway, when I checked the oven it seemed the dessert needed to be turned or flipped – I don’t remember the rational. Long story short, I ended up ruining the dessert.
As I sulked, my wife came up with the ingenious plan to flatten out the peanut butter disaster and let it finish baking. When it was done, we covered it with melted Nutella. They were the best peanut butter bars I’d ever eaten.
She saved what was otherwise the worst day ever. It’s not that I take baking that seriously, it’s that I refuse to defend my mistakes when I bake. When I’m in the kitchen I don’t let my ego get in the way.
Move Over Ego
The thing is, in business it seems like there’s always too much ego at stake. You’ll see companies, employees, fellow agents, make one mistake after the other, all in the name of defending the first misstep.
We had a show for you today with bad audio and a post that started off with a defense. Then, it blended right into our normal post about the show’s topic. But, you deserved better than that.
We see it happen everyday. We’re only nine days into the New Year, how many times have you defended a mistake already this year?
Next time, wouldn’t it be a better idea to just correct them and move on to the next problem?
Your ego will survive, and so will your business.