Tag "failure"

Celebrate it more often

In an earlier interview with The Smart Manager, author Hap Klopp explained why Silicon Valley companies are a class apart—they recognize the fact that excellence is only achieved via radical action, and that radical action has an incrementally higher probability of failure. They keep ‘failure’ in perspective and do not let it overwhelm them.
It is not something to be averse to—‘failure’ could be the winning mantra if seen as a strategic step along the growth path.

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Stepping stones

John Lunney, Sue Lueder, and Gary O’Connor of Google write in an article on re:Work, “We use postmortems to carefully document and disseminate learnings from any mistakes… A postmortem is the process our team undertakes to reflect on the learnings from our most significant undesirable events… For us, it’s not about pointing fingers at any given person or team, but about using what we’ve learned to build resilience and prepare for future issues that may arise along the way.”* It is this attitude that startups and entrepreneurs need to develop to face failures and bounce back.

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How to tame your ‘victim voice’

Our lives often take unexpected turns—landing us in difficult situations, fighting unforeseen odds. However, rarely do we comprehend that what has led to the crisis could be our own flawed approach and we wallow in self-pity. It takes a lot of courage and self-belief to accept and acknowledge that the fault lines lie within.

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A case for a second chance

A 2016 Harvard Business Review article refers to Pixar’s president Ed Catmull’s view on mistakes. “They aren’t evil at all. They are an inevitable consequence of doing something new….and should be seen as valuable.”*
‘Failure’ is a relative term, but there is one aspect that is almost universal: flight from failure. One needs to overcome this temptation—to succeed.

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