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.

Key Points:

  • 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.

Quote This:

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

See Also: Leadership, Workplace

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Do you agree that failure is inevitable in the workplace? Which amount of failure is acceptable? When does failure become catastrophic?
  3. Share about a time when you or your team failed and handled it poorly. In retrospect, how could you have handled it differently?
  4. Why do most teams fail to talk honestly and openly about failure? What is the unintended consequence in the culture?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.