Some failures are useful, but not all.
Failure is useless when caused by…
- Lack of effort.
- Intentional deviation.
Success teaches you what to repeat; failure what to change.
5 benefits of failure:
- Vulnerability. Healthy failure strengthens connections by opening hearts.
- Honesty. “I screwed up,” is a moment of profound honesty, as long as it isn’t followed with, “but…”
- Responsibility. How will you own your failure? Learning begins when you take responsibility, not until.
- Flexibility. What will you do differently next time?
- Reflection. Perhaps the greatest opportunity of failure is reflection. Rather than closing down, open up.
3 positive uses of failure:
- Inspiration. Inspire others by flaunting the failures you have overcome. You’re uninspiring if your life has been easy.
- Insight. You see strategies and practices that don’t work.
- Development. Failure identifies skill gaps and wrong beliefs.
3 ways to fail successfully:
- Ask “what” not “who.” “What” is about learning. “Who” is about blaming.
- Dig into failure – reject generalities. Look for specific practices that cause failure, for example.
- Explore what didn’t happen.
How might leaders fail successfully?