I don’t like making mistakes, much less talking about them. You know that feeling you get when you put the wrong salary in an offer letter to a new employee, they accept, and now you have to figure out how to correct that? Like most people, I’d rather be able to sweep that away and move on. But that wouldn’t work so you have to own your error and deal with it.
Obviously, this is a simplistic example. The point is that we all screw up, but we learn and grow by how we deal with those faux pas. Talking to other women about those experiences helps them as well. Careercontessa.com makes the case for this in “Why Women are Afraid to Talk About Their Mistakes.” Check it out and consider how you can help someone advance her career.