We all make mistakes. Usually, we self-identify an error and hopefully learn from it. One of my first columns for InsideCounsel discussed a mistake I made by using email to communicate on a sensitive topic that was more appropriate for a phone call ("Say it, don't email it," July 2007).
We also make mistakes that we don't self-identify. When we fail to recognize errant behavior, the mistake is often indicative of a larger issue that may be hurting our career. Let me share a recent personal example.