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When I was a manager in software development, my team members were often surprised at my genuine happiness when they told me they’d discovered a bug in the operational software. Although we did try to learn from our mistakes, I wasn’t so much concerned with casting blame as I was in supporting the correction.
This attitude meant that co-workers didn’t hesitate to approach me in times of crisis, and it served our project well. I’m convinced that my attitude about this was primarily due to what the Bible had taught me about confessing and forsaking, repentance and reform. James wrote, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (5:16).