Arghhhh Im worried about work tomorrow! Tell me it'll be better!

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    Apr 29, 2008 11:47 PM GMT
    I've made a blunder at work, and don't know how to resolve it. Basically i've cocked up with something I have been working on. I am gutted because it took me a long while to get it underway, but things just haven't worked.

    I am going to look like an idiot.

    People will look down on me.

    My manager will be a complete *****

    What do I do? Tell me it will all be fine please! icon_razz.gif

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  • olden

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    Apr 30, 2008 12:48 AM GMT
    First thing to keep in mind is that not every project is successful. In my indursty, Medical Devices, about 10% of the ideas acturally turn into products.

    Here are some things I would recommend.

    1. Take responsibility for all decisions you made, but know why you made those decisions. (I never faulted one of my engineers for making a bad decision if they had evaluated the situation well, but I ran roughshod over them if they wouldn't make a decision.)

    2. Don't blame others for the failure, even if they did contribute to it.

    3. Have a Plan B ready to dig yourself out of the hole or to salvage what you can.

    Any Manager who does not stand behind his people is a total s**t, who knows neither the technical aspects of his product nor how to be a good Manager. He needs to belly up to the bar and share any blame that is assigned, because, sure as shooting, he would be there for the kudos
  • Squarejaw

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    Apr 30, 2008 1:12 AM GMT
    Be ready with ideas of how to solve the problem -- or, if it can't be solved, what to do next.
  • Timbales

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    Apr 30, 2008 1:14 AM GMT
    I always go straight to my boss and tell him when I f*cked up and what I am going to do to fix it.
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    Apr 30, 2008 1:22 AM GMT
    stand corrected. Grab it by the horns, and deal with it. It may work out in the end.

    If ever I fuck up. I myself go str8 to the boss, and say............ Remember, people will think whatever of you, no matter what.

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    Apr 30, 2008 2:05 AM GMT
    Lie.

    Blame a sugar-induced trauma.

    Remember an "appointment" across town.

    Blackmail your boss.

    Take off all your clothes.

    Pretend amnesia.

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    Apr 30, 2008 3:30 AM GMT
    To error is human, just don't lie. A lie in the midst of error will grow to enormous proportions. Keep it simple, apologize and forgive yourself. It's gonna be fine.
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    Apr 30, 2008 5:07 AM GMT
    michaelback saidI've made a blunder at work, and don't know how to resolve it. Basically i've cocked up with something I have been working on. I am gutted because it took me a long while to get it underway, but things just haven't worked.

    I am going to look like an idiot.

    People will look down on me.

    My manager will be a complete *****

    What do I do? Tell me it will all be fine please! icon_razz.gif

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    It's gonna be ok dude! I'm extending an e-hug to ya even though I don't know ya! Now, take a deep breath and try to get some sleep. Remember, your boss pisses and bleeds the same color as you. Stop worrying if you are going to be chastised as if you are a child. Anything that is said is just words. Take it and brush it off. The world isn't going to crack open and swallow you up. It fucking sucks but don't make it any more of a drama than it has to be.

    The best advice I can give you right now is to throw out a plan B. Come up with something that sounds like a legit shot at finding a resolve to the current problem. This makes you look passionate about the whole thing. It shows you are trying to get back up on that horse and haven't given up. Definitely admit your mistake but don't walk in sounding as if the situation has defeated you. Make it clear you exhausted yourself trying to accomplish this task. Consider it more as a stumbling block but let your boss know you're still up to the challenge and here is your next idea.. Most of all don't forget to tell yourself something you might have forgotten. Your boss isn't perfect. He or she has made plenty of mistakes as well :-) You will be ok.
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    Apr 30, 2008 6:16 AM GMT
    A good rule I've followed in management is never apologize for command decisions. Sometimes the outcomes are unfortunate or regrettable, but when you made that decision you thought is was the best at that time and have no reason to be sorry. I agree with the others, take ownership, and create resolutions to the blunder.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 30, 2008 12:31 PM GMT
    I agree with the others. We all don't want to deal with something like this at various points in time, but everything we do can't be absolutely productive...

    Or can it?

    Whatever you do... don't berate yourself. Worst case scenario, you learned something that will help you with your efforts in the future. Your attitude toward this experience will be what makes it truly a mess or something positive. I'm confident you will take the positive road!

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    Apr 30, 2008 6:53 PM GMT
    You guys are great! I appreciate all the e-hugs (icon_razz.gif), and sound advice - it really has made me feel much better about everything. I'm going to try and think about some solutions for what we could do better next time.

    Massive thanks again! Now I just have to deal with it - easy icon_cool.gif...icon_neutral.gif...icon_twisted.gif
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    May 01, 2008 3:49 PM GMT
    Please do update us. We got your back... minus the pun. Rah Rah Rah! Cheers! x