Posts Tagged As Risk Taking

Overcoming Our Fear of Failure by Writing Our Failure Resume

This week I published an article Why You Should Create Your Own ‘Failure Resume’ for the career blog Brazen Careerist.  In the article I suggest that we all need to move beyond our fear of failure, as individuals and organizations, and that by creating our own Failure Resume we can take the first step.  I have included an excerpt from the article [FULL ARTICLE LINK] that explains the what, why, and how of the failure resume:

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So you say that you are an innovator? Where is your failure resume?

We have all seen the endless number of quotes on how we should fail more, fail quickly, and fail often but what do we actually do with all of these failures?  If we are lucky we might actually take the time to learn from them but usually we quickly take stock in what happened and make a few mental notes to ensure that we don’t do it again.  Rarely do we share the details of your our failures even with friends or family and we certainly would never think of revealing our failures with colleagues or perspective employers.  Why do we have this inconsistency?  We know that failure is a necessary part of learning and growing for both the organization and the individual but we never want to admit to our failures?  If our resume is a collection of our successes… where is our failure resume?

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Practicing Failure: Lessons from Michael Jordan & Olympic Athletes on Failure & Success

In early 2007 I was planning to launch my first Failure Forum.  The forums were a series of presentations (modeled after TED talks) with an ensuing discussion that were meant to examine internal innovation projects that had been shut down.  We sought to understand what had been accomplished with the project, what had we learned from it, and what would we do differently next time.  The truth was that many of the innovation projects were modeled after previous work.

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