We All Make Mistkaes, Especially Me


I use the word “mistake” a lot, so I end up typing the word a lot (including as part of the book project that I'm currently working on based on the “My Favorite Mistake” podcast.

It's amazing how often I type “mistkae” by mistake — including the first time I tried writing this post. And I'm a good touch typist.

So yeah, we all make mistakes.

I make mistakes all the time.

Sometimes, we have autocorrect there to bail us out.

Ironically, I originally had a word or two missing from that sentence and “autocorrect” doesn't fix everything! I don't think it read as well this way:

Sometimes, in life, we don't have that technology.

Please be kind to yourself when you make a mistake. Please be kind toward others who make mistakes in the workplace… only then can we do the important and difficult work of meaningfully improving systems and processes in ways that prevent future mistakes.

Without kindness and without a culture of psychological safety, you'll be doomed to repeat the same mistakes and your organization's performance will not reach its potential.

For me, I guess it's just a mental block and/or it's a result of me typing quicker than I can really do in a defect-free way.

Thankfully, the typing “mistkaes” don't make me too frustrated and it's certainly not doing any real harm. It's just a silly little thing…

You can also see and comment on a similar post that was originally on LinkedIn the other day.

As my friend Karyn Ross commented:

Totally agree Mark Graban! Everyone makes mistkaes! If you look at all my posts, you will find at least one mistkae! I leave them there deliberately to remind people that it's okay not to be perfect! Making mistkaes is human! Be kind to others when they make them…and be kind to yourself!

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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


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