2016 Rio Olympics

I was reading an interesting Olympics-related article the other day that has great cross-over into the ethics, values and leadership spheres.  The bottom line of the article was that a CBC reporter, Elliotte Friedman (a veteran NHL commentator), mad a mistake when calling a swimming race and accepted complete responsibility for that mistake.

Accepting Responsibility For Your Mistakes

Accepting responsibility for your mistakes is critical for two reasons:

  • External – maintaining your credibility. Why should others believe you in the future if they don’t trust that you will be honest with them?
  • Internal – developing yourself to your maximum potential. You can’t fix what you don’t acknowledge.

Critiquing Others

What surprised and saddened me were the number of people in social media who stated in various ways that Mr. Friedman’s calling of the race “ruined the Olympics for them, “he needs to be fired,” etc.  Mr. Friedman made a mistake – of that there is no question. What people may have missed is that he has publicly taken complete, personal ownership of that mistake. There are many possible excuses; he refutes them all. For those who are unapologetically and unreservedly critical of Mr. Friedman – I sincerely hope that they get the opportunity to reflect on theirown lives and consider whether they have acted as honourably when they have made mistakes.

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