Oh no. God no. NO!!!!

Computer disaster

You’ve probably experienced that sinking feeling after sending an email to the wrong person; clicking on “reply all”, or in the heat of the moment bashing a message out that you wish you could take back?


(Courtesy of Google’s Gmail)

Finally, a window of opportunity to take everything back.


You’ll have to be quick though, you’ve only got a 30 second window…

Here’s the deal:

  • Click the gear in the top right .
  • Select Settings.
  • Scroll down to “Undo Send” and click Enable.
  • Set the cancellation period (the amount of time you have to decide if you want to
  • unsend an email).
  • Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page and…

…catastrophe averted.

As good, as helpful, as ‘disaster-recovery-plan-in-place-awesome’ this is, I can’t help but consider it from this angle.

Is there value in making mortifying mistakes?

Does denying ourselves the opportunity to dwell upon bad decisions deny ourselves growth?

Mistakes in business are sometimes minor, sometimes costly and always almost inevitable at some point. However, with the right mindset, you can turn these errors ­ both your own and employees into opportunities.

Opportunities to learn and improve future performances.


1) Admit to your mistakes rather than deny

2) Ask Questions designed to pinpoint why the mistake happened

3) Take an outsider’s perspective ­ an honest analysis will open you up to using different

strategies in the future

4) Learn from others

5) Apply what you learn

& lastly…

Move on.

Time is too precious to dwell on the past, learn from your mistakes and embrace the future with open eyes.

Alternatively, take the easy route and just click ‘unsend’.