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No New Mistakes


Radial Development Group

March 1 · Issue #52 · View online

Our thoughts on running a company, tech insight, news, and nerd life.

There are no new mistakes.
A coworker made that declaration when I was a brand new copy editor. The copy desk is the last stop before publication. Copy editors correct mistakes, double check facts, write headlines and edit. 
No matter how watchful we are, sometimes mistakes slip by.
Now if somebody tells me their last name is Smith, I ask them how to spell it. Even common names can have uncommon spellings.
Mistakes can be grammatically tragic. For example: Let’s eat Grandma (eww) vs. Let’s eat, Grandma.  
Mistakes can also wreck your code. Or worse. 
Drop a production database. Underestimate a problem’s severity. Forget a semicolon. Misspell a variable name.
Mistakes are common in tech culture. Everyone makes them. 
Radial bakes in the certainty that mistakes happen. Our practices help keep them manageable. For example, no developer makes changes on production without a pair. We use platforms that make database backups just in case.
Rather than berating yourself or others, remember: There are no new mistakes.

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If it’s not being done it’s not obvious 
Years ago I was the board chair of a nonprofit organization during transformational growth. My vision: Shift to a model of collective leadership. For 50 years, a single charismatic leader carried the torch. Such an approach was no longer feasible.
When I shared my vision with a friend he responded, “Isn’t that kinda obvious? I mean, aren’t nonprofit boards supposed to be that way?”
I replied, “If it’s not being done, it’s not obvious!”
Bold visions are sexy. They are exciting and get people riled up. But without a solid foundation, they don’t have the power to withstand the challenges and demands required to turn ideas into innovations.
I have since graduated from serving as the board chair. Organizational culture shifted to a model of collective leadership, resulting in many notable achievements.
My experience taught me leaders (and professionals) need to keep the “obvious” stuff – teams effectively collaborating together – front and center. It is the foundation for innovation. It begs the question, do you have the “obvious” stuff accounted for in your organization?
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