During my days of training executives, I remember I used to ask the group ” Who would you call a fool?”. This usually was met with a stunned silence. Then people spoke out with their views. I used to say “The fool is one who doesn’t learn from his/her mistakes”. Building on this theme, I would next ask ” Then who is the wise guy?’ Almost always people would echo ” The guy who learns from his mistakes!”
Raghu had completed a year or so as an independent HR consultant. He helped companies put together policies relating to people management as also as a third party administer some of their administrative processes relating to comp. and ben.
He had consulted me before he started off on his own, and now he was meeting for a chat. In the course of our conversation he asked me, what I thought was a very important question: “What were the mistakes you made when you began your career ?” he asked.