Tip #790: Make It Acceptable to Fail

On September 16, 2019, Posted by , In management and leadership, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #790: Make It Acceptable to Fail

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

Some failure can be fatal. The 2003 explosion of the Columbia space shuttle killed seven astronauts. The tragedy could have been avoided if the NASA managers had listened to the engineers.  The engineers knew how serious it was to have a piece of foam break off the left side of the shuttle at launch. The NASA managers just didn’t want to acknowledge there was anything wrong.

When employees feel they can’t speak up about mistakes and failures for fear of being blamed, and when managers keep their heads in the sand rather than acknowledge something is wrong, bad things can happen.

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Tip #701: Why Failing Isn’t a Big Deal

On December 12, 2017, Posted by , In learning, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #701: Why Failing Isn’t a Big Deal

“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.” Elbert Hubbard

We all want to succeed at what we choose to do. But when we experience failure after failure, it’s hard to believe that success may be just around the corner.

There have been lots of articles about famous people who failed on their way to success. Some of them failed thousands of times, and yet they still persevered.

Their secret? They believed in themselves and in their dreams. And, as David Bayer has said, “Beliefs are decisions.” Once a positive dream-affirming decision is made, possibilities and opportunities begin to appear that, when grasped, will ultimately build a path to success.… Read the rest

Tip #617: If At First You Don’t Succeed, There’s Probably a Good Reason

On April 18, 2016, Posted by , In trainers, By ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #617: If At First You Don’t Succeed, There’s Probably a Good Reason

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” Confucius

The first time I tried to make yeast bread (using a written version of an oral recipe from my grandmother), I waited three days for the yeast to bubble. It had actually bubbled within the first few minutes, but I missed it. Feeling frustrated and foolish, I never tried to make her yeast bread again.

What brought this to mind was a meeting to discuss the effectiveness of a newly created participant-centered curriculum. The subject matter experts (SMEs) responsible for delivering the curriculum had essentially ignored it and presented their lecture-based curriculum instead.

Why? There were a number of reasons:

  1. They did not
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Tip #560: We Avoid What We Are Unsuccessful Doing

On March 16, 2015, Posted by , In learning, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #560: We Avoid What We Are Unsuccessful Doing

“True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.” Paul Sweeney

When my two little granddaughters visited, I had to work with the second grader on her homework. She really didn’t want to do it.

It was math homework, which was not my best subject at any age, including this one! It was immediately clear that her negative attitude, and resulting desire to get the homework over with as soon as possible, kept her from reading the complete problem or thinking through the solution. Based on the first few words in the directions, she would pull an answer out of thin air and write it down.

Okay, so that was one problem- and that was her responsibility. She had … Read the rest