3. Not understanding something
Maybe you've sat through a company meeting before, and as the speaker starts rambling off in buzzwords and abstract concepts, you nod your head in understanding, but secretly you're thinking "What the hell is he talking about?"
Well, just because everyone else is nodding their heads doesn't mean they necessarily understand, either.
Which leads me to the best advice you'll get all day — just ask. "Mythbusters" doesn't need to tell you that there's no such thing as a stupid question. The speaker's probably thrilled to clear up confusion, meaning you'll be able to institute the changes quicker, while also looking smarter, while also ensuring the entire team's on the same page. Win-win-win-win.
4. Accidentally offending someone
Sometimes, we say dumb things that can affect our reputation, and other times we say dumb things that actually offend people. If you're afraid of hurting someone, that means you're a good person — and shouldn't be insecure about it.
But, for good measure, there are always fixes. Before you crack a joke in your next presentation in front of a group, you can ask one person to give you their honest opinion on it. If you sent out a memo that ended up upsetting your co-worker, you can apologize. And in general, you can avoid the situation altogether by staying away from sharing any comments that you're unsure about.
5. Not getting everything done on time
When you're stressed or overwhelmed, it's easy to assume that you're the only person who can't seem to get a grip on your workload.
The reality is that you're just having an off-day, and tomorrow or next week will get better.
And if it doesn't seem to be improving, the smart thing to do is be honest with your team on what you can accomplish, and what you need help on (Psst: templates here for having that tough conversation).