Lean Coach Brian Buck’s Favorite Mistake
My friend Brian Buck is the most recent guest on the “My Favorite Mistake” podcast series, Episode 112:
In today's episode, Brian shares his “favorite mistake” story about waiting too long to address being in a good workplace that turned toxic. Why was this his “darkest moment”? Why was this all a “never again moment” for Brian?
Have you stuck with a job in a toxic work environment too long?
I was interviewed yesterday on the Laura Coates Show (SiriusXM) about mistakes people make when quitting a job (and we talked about My Favorite Mistake). I've quit jobs before for different reasons — General Motors, Dell, Factory Logic (a software company), Honeywell, J&J, and the Lean Enterprise Institute. I haven't quit a job in over a decade.
But, there's the mistake of quitting and, sometimes, the mistake of NOT quitting.
When I joined General Motors in 1995, I was quite miserable. It was a bad environment. But, had I bailed and quit after a year, I wouldn't have had the turnaround experience of working under a NUMMI-trained plant manager.
Sometimes I wish I had stuck with the new regime for another year. Had I tried to defer my MIT education to start in 1998 instead of 1997, I would have had another year under great leadership, to see (and participate in) more of the Lean turnaround that was taking place. But, all things happen for a reason. I'm glad I didn't quit too soon… but maybe I did quit a year too soon. Oh well, I don't lose sleep over that.
Sometimes, an environment is so bad, you really do have to just leave.
You can listen to or watch Brian's episode below. You can also read a transcript and more on the episode's page.
Some other recent episodes, that while not Lean related, have that same spirit of reflection and learning from mistakes.
I hope you'll check them out. If you have a “favorite mistake” story you'd like to share, let me know.What do you think? Scroll down to comment or share your thoughts and the post on social media. Don't want to miss a post or podcast? Subscribe to get notified about posts via email daily or weekly.