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Score points by welcoming criticism

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Just because you make an embarrassing blunder, that doesn’t mean you’re in the doghouse. How you respond will help determine whether you’re viewed as executive material.

Meet privately with your boss and acknowledge your mistake. Explain what you learned and how you’ll avoid screwing up in the future.

Then ask, “Aside from this, are there other areas where you think I can improve?” As a follow-up, say, “I’d like to hear any criticisms you have about my performance.” Such prodding can help you extract valuable information. Better yet, you demonstrate your willingness to grow.

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