Imagine that you are in a classroom or a meeting. The teacher or the meeting leader says something incorrect. In your opinion, which of the following is the best thing to do? 1. Interrupt and correct the mistake right away; 2. Wait until the class or meeting is over and the people are gone, and then talk to the teacher or meeting leader; 3. Say nothing
Many consider the best way to correct mistakes that teachers and leaders make. Could it make them angry and ashamed? How do we clarify their incorrectness? In my opinion, we should immediately point out their errors during class and meetings to notify them and discuss their prevention. In the beginning, addressing the mistakes of professors and leaders as soon as possible allows us to learn correct information during class and meetings. Without it, those who did not notice them could receive incorrect one. For instance, I regret not instantly pointing out my Math teacher's error when I was a high school student. One day, she taught us how to use some mathematical theories, such as differential equations, to answer quizzes. Although I noticed that she mistakenly applied some theories to answer them, I hesitated to clarify them during the class because I was not confident. Then, I just waited until it was over to talk to her about them. She apologized to me for committing them, but unfortunately, she failed to announce them to other students in the next class. As a result, many students used erroneous theories to solve questions in the midterm exam. This episode shows that pointing out the mistakes during lessons could aid every student in receiving appropriate information. Moreover, calling out errors instantly could give opportunities to discuss how to avoid committing them again. Everyone makes mistakes unconsciously. Hence, developing prevention must be necessary for learning new things appropriately and succeeding in our business. For example, pointing out my boss's error immediately allowed our team to discuss how to prevent it in the future and finish our project successfully. He applied unsuitable data to analyze the medical market in the meeting. Then, one of my teammates called out it, helping us discuss why he used it to research customers' needs and how to avoid similar mistakes to read information appropriately. Otherwise, it could be possible that we would make them again and fail to complete our assignments. Thus, correcting bosses' mistakes could help prevent us from committing similar incorrectness in the future. In conclusion, immediately calling out errors made by teachers and bosses must be essential in receiving correct information and developing prevention not to make them again. If not, we are more likely to get the wrong one, and similar mistakes could make us commit job failures in the future.