Careers: How To Deal with Setbacks at Work

Posted on February 13, 2007


Turning Work’s Lemons Into Lemonade
By Sam Grobart

It’s a fact of life – and of work: Bad things happen. Deals are blown, ambitions are squelched, things go to hell in a handbasket. But a bad situation doesn’t have to be all that bad – if you know how to make it work for you.

First thing you have to do? It’s like that song in West Side Story: Be cool. A level head is key; repeated bouts of guilt and self-recrimination won’t get you anywhere.

Focus instead on what you can do to turn the situation around, then act swiftly and decisively to capitalize on the opportunities the circumstances present.

Of course, some mistakes are impossible to recover from. But if you’re able to pull it off, you may wind up impressing people in ways you never could have if everything had gone according to plan. [more]

Please click here to read on three tactics you could use when bad things happen to you at work.