Failing & Redeeming

 

Life as we know it is not always easy, and there are plenty of pitfalls.  More so if you have a business or you are leading a team.  Failure is not an option.  It happens all the time.  But we can embrace its benefits.

Michael Gerber, an author, believes that small businesses often fail because the leaders fail to work “on” the business. Let’s face it, people get into business for themselves because they enjoy doing something specific.

What an entrepreneur should do is to don’t stop, take stock, and decide what the business needs to avoid failure.

As a leader, you need to prepare your team for the hurdles ahead.  Walk them through a quick presentation of your expectations. Touch on responsibilities and ideas for better communication at work, among other things.  Take the time to rise above the daily shuffle to plan ahead and ensure that your work is congruent with the organizational goals.

You need to grow as an agent of organizational change.   You have to keep learning. How do we do that? Learning comes from understanding your successes, reflecting on the failures of others and internalizing ways on how not to repeat personal failures.

Success in a project or business indeed is not simply a case of delivering all of the features that were in scope, by the date that they were due and for the cost that was approved.  The discipline of management has evolved and now requires us to have a much more complete view of how our projects impact organizations.  Success is a lot more than on scope, time and budget.

Walt Disney, before achieving fame, fortune and worldwide success, experienced failures and bankruptcy throughout his career — — a testimony that failure is ultimately an enabler of success.

We should learn to understand that, and learning how to have the courage to fail without fear are important to succeed.

 

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