it’s okay to be human

Southwest Airlines blogged a list of things to do to prepare yourself for becoming a flight attendant.

The post is not laugh-out-loud funny, at least not to me, but it speaks to me that a large company like Southwest is willing to poke fun at itself.

You will be hearing soon about how we made a big mistake with a client’s email list, and then turned it into the most profitable event in their history. People make mistakes. That is okay. As long as you fix it and don’t do it again.

3 steps to being human:

1. This week, admit a mistake to a client, a coworker, your boss, whoever. Not something big and fancy. Just a “yeah, I could have done that better.” It helps keep the ego at bay.

2. Discuss your limitations with someone. Talk about how you can team up with people to achieve what you can’t do alone because you are limited. Don’t wait for others to ask for help. Admitting that you need help can make it easier for others to ask for help.

3. Tell someone you appreciate them. Not with any motive in mind, just to say thanks.

1 Response to “it’s okay to be human”

  1. 1 Kimberly November 29, 2006 at 8:38 am

    Yes, not only is it OK to be human but we really don’t have a choice but to be. Sometimes all you can do is ‘roll with the punches’…. learn from mistakes…. try not to get caught up in the ‘would’ve, should’ve, could’ve’ trap…. take ownership…. learn from each situation…. adjust and move forward!

    This quote seems fitting…. Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment. (Rita Mae Brown)

    Remember we are human and not superhuman…. I will bend over backwards for my boss, my clients and my vendors…. yes, a bit of a people pleaser… but just as important is setting limitations and boundaries…. is it not better to say ‘I just can’t do that but I can do this’ than to try to deliver something which isn’t possible in the given timeframe or circumstance or worse achieve it but be burnt out, bitter, recentful in the long run?

    PS: I appreciate YOU!!!

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