Watch the video above and talk about it with a group or mentor. Learn more.
Failure can seem like a scary beast that everyone wants to avoid. But learn to talk about it and you can leverage failure for the greater good.
- Failure is inevitable in every workplace. Great cultures do it well.
- Next Level cultures are fueled by failure, not defeated by it.
- Next Level cultures create ground rules for honest feedback about wins and losses.
Research confirms that it’s “otherpower” that helps us to experience failure as a means for improvement, as an opportunity for better. – Dr. Henry Cloud
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Talk About It
- What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
- Do you agree that failure is inevitable in the workplace? Which amount of failure is acceptable? When does failure become catastrophic?
- Share about a time when you or your team failed and handled it poorly. In retrospect, how could you have handled it differently?
- Why do most teams fail to talk honestly and openly about failure? What is the unintended consequence in the culture?
- What are some ground rules you would like to see established in your company’s culture when it comes to talking about failure? Make a list.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
This is part of the Leadership 101 series.
Adapted from The Power of the Other by Dr. Henry Cloud.