What does failure mean to you? What do you see failure reflecting about yourself or others? Let’s talk about failure. It’s making a revival in all of the self help posts, memes, books and guru talks, even though many of these quotes, which stress failure as indispensable, have come from long ago. Confucius said, “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” Sir Winston Churchill agreed, saying “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”. So then, how do leaders risk failure in the face of letting down everyone who depends on them? While they may initially not seem related to leadership, I’ve got a few tips.
I guess a reason why I'm so passionate about my work is that, by putting my old story to rest, I have found peace, freedom and a new lease on life which I never believed existed. I want to pass it on and pay it forward.
Image of Colonel Pat Stogran - ART OF WAR - courtesy artist Gertrude Kearns
There is a growing number of youth, parents and even ‘professional’ athletes who have not learned to accept loss.
Ironically, fear is the basis of primary decision making at home, on the battlefield, or at any level of business or government. It manipulates us into the practice of playing catch-up with competitors or enemies. In military terms this is known as losing the initiative, or dropping the ball: SNAFU – A descriptive military acronym used to describe loss of control. How do you transform yourself, your organization, or your business from this negative life of catch-up to a positive life of leadership?