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Have you ever taken the fall for a situation, where it was really not your fault, in order to protect a coworker?
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Example #1
"I do not believe in 'taking the fall' for people based on protecting them. Transparency is always a good idea, and if something went wrong, then it needs to be addressed to prevent it from happening again. When it comes to clients, I will apologize on behalf of the company for errors. In that case, I will do what it takes to protect the company's reputation."
Example #2
"As an executive assistant, I often take the fall for the executive whom I support. If she is running late for a meeting, for instance, I will call the client and apologize for overbooking her schedule. Whether I did that or not is not the point. It is my job to ensure her reputation remains intact so that the business is successful."
Example #3
"As a supervisor, I have taken the fall many times. I did not "take the fall" though. As a leader, I am responsible for the successes and failures of my staff."
Example #4
"I take the fall all the time! As the marketing director, I am the face of all of our projects. I will always take the brunt of poor feedback or a client dispute. It's part of my job, and I have no qualms surrounding this fact."
Example #5
"I have taken the heat for a situation that was not my fault. Honestly, it wasn't anyone's fault, and I understand that sometimes the blame needs to land somewhere when corporate is looking for answers."
Example #6
"As a sales leader, I have taken responsibility for the results of my team because I hold myself to that standard. If in a situation where blame is falsely placed on me, I will utilize my communication skills to resolve the matter."
Example #7
"I once had a substitute teacher take over my class for the week. She sent home WAY too much homework, and it wasn't necessarily appropriate to the grade or age of the students. I received many upset emails from parents that week! I apologized to all of them for the miscommunication and assured them their child only need to complete what they were capable of doing without being stressed."
Example #8
"I do not believe in 'taking the fall' for people based on protecting them. Transparency is always a good idea and if something went wrong then it needs to be addressed in order to prevent it from happening again."
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