Quotable: CEO John Chambers on Credibility & Learning from Mistakes
John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco, often asks prospective employees about results.
I never get hard work confused with success. So I walk you through your successes, and what you did right. I also ask you to tell me about your failures. And that’s when people make a tremendous mistake. All of us have had mistakes and failures, yet it’s surprising how many people say, ‘Well, I can’t think of one.’ That person immediately loses credibility with me. It’s an important ability to be very candid on what mistakes they’ve made, and then the question is, what would you do differently this time?