- Acknowledge that you did the best you could at the time.
- Recognize that you survived and can cope with the consequences.
- Record what you learned. Review it often. Ask others what they learned, and have them write it down for you. Then, list ways to do it better next time.
- Thank everyone for their feedback and insights. Remember that if someone is hostile in delivering feedback, it probably reflects his or her level of fear more than your competence.
- Clean up any messes and deliver any information or apologies due. Never try to cover up a failure.
- Take some time to go back and review your successes. You’ve done many more things right than wrong.
- Regroup. Collectively reaffirm your worth and contributions.
- Refocus on your vision. Absorb the lessons, recommit to your old plan or create a new one. Stay in the game and keep everybody moving forward.
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