Archive for May, 2011

Exploring “failure”

A friend suggested that I write a blog post about “making mistakes” and “failure.” Lo and behold, what should be the subject of the April issue of the Harvard Business Review, but “Failure”, or the “F Word” as Adi Ignatius, Editor in Chief of HBR, calls it in his issue introduction. (p. 12)

The articles in this issue have helped me realize just how ill equipped we are, as a culture, to cope with being wrong, making an error, or failing in a bigger way. And they point out how that inability to cope makes it impossible for us to learn from our mistakes. Making mistakes and learning from them is, in my view, a fundamental part of the human condition. In addition, some of the failures described in this HBR issue make me think that we need new language for some of what we call failures in everyday life.

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