Posted tagged ‘mistake’


February 3, 2011

Sometimes you just have to accept blame

I messed up.

A few weeks before I joined my new team I produced a report.  It was on the budget and how it affected local people, and was drafted by one of my old team.  I then edited it, made a few additions and sent it on to the service head responsible for that area, who added it as an appendix to a cabinet report.

The trouble is, the report didn’t pull punches.  Many local people had told me directly that there was one service in particular which they saw as not delivered well and which was ripe for some cuts; the service I have just joined.  Some people did think it was good and wanted to see it kept, but even those wanted to see it reduced and refined.

So yesterday I come back from lunch to find my new boss fretting about it and trying to work out if anyone might actually read it and if so what to do about it.  Not perhaps the first impressions I was hoping to make.