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Successful Failure

A successful failure is one that is not fatal or catastrophic, from which comes a material or equivalent learning experience. Successful failures are errors or outcomes that can be built upon, as in when you…

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In Praise of Incremental Failure

Many of us are afraid of failure. Yet there are certain kinds of “failure” that can be beneficial. I’m defining incremental failure as progress that…

Best Reason Ever to Embrace Failure

Embrace Failure? Hug it? Love on it? What? Well, given that failure has occurred (and I assure you, it will occur again… and again… and…

Embracing Temporary Failure

Acquiring new skills often requires a learning curve, a time when it is very normal to make “mistakes” as the new behavior is internalized and…

Programming Yourself for Failure

I hear people programming themselves for failure: consistent use of negative language, persistent choice of words that speak of defeat and failure before the battle…

2018 Checklist: Characteristics of Success v. Failure

Failure Checklist Sense of Entitlement Watch TV Every Day Live in Denial/Deliberate Ignorance Think education ends with graduation Drift, Dream, Doze Off Cultivate Resentments, Hold…

Expect Success, Plan for Failure

The more complex a system or situation, the more true this phrase is. I am a firm believer in having backups within backups for all…

Seeking Failure Points

Every process, system, or human effort has multiple potential failure points, some more probable than others and some more crucial. I once worked as an…

Expect Success, Plan for Failure

The more complex a system or situation, the more true this phrase is. I am a firm believer in having backups within backups for all…

Expect Success, Plan for Failure

The more complex a system or situation, the more true this phrase is. I am a firm believer in having backups within backups for all…

New Goal: Fail Often!

Fail often? Huh? What kind of goal is that? You’ll find the answer in the remaining parts of the goal. In addition to fail often;…

Failing Forward v. Backwards

The failure is a topic much discussed in management literature, generally from two perspectives: the “Power of Failure” in prompting (rapid?) learning and “The Fear…

The Effort Effect

The “Effort Effect” refers to what is also known as the “persistence phenomenon” or the “perseverance payoff”. In simplest terms, those who try harder, try…

“No Room for Failure, No Room for Laziness”

Julian is a 12 year old from Montana, Joy is a 15 year old from Texas. They share an unusual love, a rare desire: they…

Not My Job vs. 360-Degree Awareness

Every organization has its weaknesses, known failure paths where danger lurks and breakdowns tend to happen. If you have any knowledge of human frailties, if…

PopCap: Massive Failure of Morality and Regulation, Not Capitalism

(A Populist Capitalist Blog)  The current economic crisis is the result of a massive failure of morality and regulation, not a blanket indictment of capitalism…

A Driving Fear of Failure

“Early on in my career, I recognized that I was not always the smartest individual in the groups I worked in, but I had a…

Where Does the Baton Get Dropped?

In relay races, if the baton is dropped, it is almost always dropped at the handoff. If a relay race is a business or organizational…

Delineating Known Failure Paths vs. Constructive Guidance vs. Dousing Creative Enthusiasm

I hear innumerable ideas, which is wonderful. I really enjoy creative enthusiasm. At the same time, I know how far a journey it is from…

“Is the Road to Success Paved with an Obsession with Failure?”

To make any process better, does it pay to be obsessed with analyzing your failures? Does virtually any system, whether it be it turning apartments…

Why You Failed and They Succeeded

Some say they will believe it when they see it;  Truth is that you will never SEE it until you BELIEVE it i.e. you will…

Defining a “Learning Organization”

We are committed to being a learning organization. But what does “being a learning organization” really mean? – It means we embrace the necessity of…

How to Fail

A guaranteed way to increase your odds of failing, to reduce your productivity, to rein in your creativity, to curb your innovation, is to try…

Tell Me I’m Not Good Enough. Tell Me I Can’t. Tell Me You Don’t Think I’ve Got What It Takes. Please.

What motivates you? What puts fire in your belly? Fuels you? Stirs your blood? Failure defeats the mediocre but inspires winners to greater effort. The…

Do You Suffer From Atelophobia?

Atelophobia is the fear of imperfection, the fear of never being good enough and is kin to perfectionism, the obsessive compulsive striving to achieve impossible…

Five Ways Ordinary People Create Extraordinary Success

Learn to Combine Skills: It is difficult to develop a world-class skill in one particular area but it’s relatively easy to learn how to decently…