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No More Fear of Failure
Failure can be a more potent source of learning than success. Understanding failure can be crucial for effective organizational development. One of my favorite saying to my teams is, “Be brave enough to make new mistakes.” Another is, “I don’t mind mistakes, but be creative enough to make a different mistake tomorrow.”
Embracing Failure as a Learning Tool
Using failures that occur in new territories—informed by knowledge, minimal in scale, and capable of providing valuable insights—is a powerful learning opportunity. As leaders, we need to shift the narrative from avoiding failure at all costs to embracing failure as an essential step towards innovation and growth. Understanding and identifying opportunities for failure can foster environments where risk-taking and learning are integral to the organizational culture.
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Cultural Adaptability and Success
Rigid adherence to a strong culture without room for adaptation can lead to failure. For leaders, this translates to a need for organizational flexibility, continual learning, and the ability to evolve with changing circumstances. Success isn't just about having a robust set of practices or beliefs but how adaptable and responsive these practices are to new challenges and information.
One of my favorite methods to encourage risk taking, embrace failure as a critical learning tool, and to empower my teams is to leverage Jeff Bezos’ Type 1 and Type 2 decision model.