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    October 27th, 2011

    ♫  Learn from my mistakes
    Learn from this mistake
    Learn from our mistake
    Learn from their mistakes
    Learn from my mistake…♫

    Lyrics and Music by: Phil AnselmoPepper Keenan and Rex Brown, recorded by Down.


    Taking a Risk

    Taking a Risk

    This is another “Leadership Moments” guest post by Beth Flynn of the Ohio Leadership Center.

    Celebrate the lesson: When faced with a failure by someone in your company, as a leader you must stand up and praise the individual’s intention, risk-taking approach, or whatever. Find something positive to acknowledge and celebrate.

    Fuel the fire in your people. The truth is, the people who fail are the very same people who succeed. Be compassionate and give them the enthusiasm, energy, and fire to keep going.

    Go public. Next time you experience a failure or make a mistake of consequence, call a meeting and announce it to your team. When you announce your mistake, also say what you learned and what you did to correct your failure (to the extent possible) or how to prevent it from happening again (Heath, p. 21-22).

    From: Heath, R. (2009). Celebrating failure: the power of taking risks, making mistakes and thinking big. Franklin Lakes, NJ: Career Press.

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    Thanks Beth for another great leadership post on how we can change our response to failure and motivate the risk takers to keep swinging!

    This entry was posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 2:50 pm and is filed under Business Development, Change Management, Issues facing Law Firms, Law Firm Strategy, Leadership and Strategic Planning, Tips. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

    2 Responses to “Change Your Response to Failure”
    1. Kevin Hunter Says:

      Thank God someone else recognizes Down.

    2. Change Management Says:

      Mistakes are good for you. They tell you what to do and not do as you continue the pursuit of your goal. Mistakes are the best teachers you’re ever going to have in life, so don’t be afraid of failure.

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