Victim Or Failure – Which Is Best Within The Organisation?

Victim Or Failure – Which Is Best Within The Organisation?

The difference between being a Failure and being a Victim is a state of mind because it is all about who you think is in control.

Victims have a mind-set that bad things happen to them – events are all in the stars, are pre-determined and they have no way of influencing what will happen. It is all about just accepting your lot and getting on with it. Getting on with being a victim.

Managers and team members who Fail have a totally different mind-set. They recognise that there are golden learning opportunities to be gained from the experience, that there are things they missed and that they have the skill and knowledge to challenge and change future results.

In all cases problems never get solved until someone sees them and actually wants to take responsibility for sorting them out.

Solving problems involves a degree of choice: if you opt to do nothing about what you know to be a problem then you will always be a victim. Make the choice to not challenge problems that you know are around the corner because they are too difficult then you will always be a victim.

Alternatively, opt to lend your weight to others who are working on big organisational issues that will impact upon you and also accept the responsibility for your errors if they are down to you and if they are actually capable of being solved.

Identifying and solving problems will always be better than not solving them.

Solving problems in the workplace.

In every organisation.

Look around you and you will find that there are infinitely more victims that problem solvers!

To spin things in your favour there are two simple steps you can take to reduce victims and to promote quality decision making.

  1. Recognise the failure. Acknowledge the failed result and then move to all the positives including: people stepping up to try, the way they attacked the problem, what they learned that can be applied productively to other problems. This builds organisational resilience and boosts the confidence of all involved. Failure becomes less of a weight to bear.
  2. Invest in in the skills of your team to solve problems and deliver a process where staff have the support of others around them in solving problems. Dealing with problems should always be a team effort, not an individual one.

Whatever happens, make sure that when failure happens there is a way forward and that victims are eliminated.

Good Luck!

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