You have to fail if you want to succeed

How much energy does your organization put into avoiding (and punishing) failure?

Probably too much. Successful organizations — the ones that figure out new things and grow when others are shrinking — Celebrate Failure as described at the Leadership Freak blog:

Celebrating failure creates environments where people dare to try. If all you do is punish failure your organization will always choose the safe path. You’ll stagnate and die…. Celebrating failure includes rejecting finger pointing. When a project that you authorized fizzles, accept responsibility and honor those who worked hard but failed.

Most new ventures don’t work out. Even those that do usually don’t do so perfectly. If you’re trying to engineer failure out of your experience, you’re inevitably preventing success.

Let the failure happen. Learn from it.


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6 responses to “You have to fail if you want to succeed”

  1. Jeff,
    It’s a pleasure to have written something you found useful.
    Success to you,
    Leadership Freak,
    Dan Rockwell

  2. Jeff,
    It’s a pleasure to have written something you found useful.
    Success to you,
    Leadership Freak,
    Dan Rockwell

  3. Or as Tom Peters says, “Reward excellent failure. Punish mediocre success.”

  4. Or as Tom Peters says, “Reward excellent failure. Punish mediocre success.”

  5. Another way to put it:
    Make NEW mistakes.

  6. Another way to put it:
    Make NEW mistakes.

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