A 3 Step System to Come Out Smarter After Failure
The same failures repeat for blunt skulls.
It’s not enough to say, “I screwed up.”
A 3 step system to come out smarter after failure:
#1. Name it. Address the past.
Name the bad decisions and behaviors that led to failure.
- I didn’t explore constructive dissent.
- I allowed others to lower my standards.
- I didn’t discuss this with mentors, advisors, or a coach.
- I assumed things would go smoothly.
- I put confidence in untested team members.
The most important benefit of failure is humility.
#2. Claim it. Own the present.
Own the negative impact of failure on yourself, individuals, teams, customers, and your organization. Complete these sentences:
- Our team lost momentum because I …
- We lost revenue because I …
- Our customers were disappointed when I …
- I let myself down when I …
#3. Reframe it. Move toward the future.
- My personal aspirations are …. (Don’t say your aspirations are to stop failing.)
- Next time I’ll ….
- Invite input. What suggestions for future success do you have for me?
- I need to stop ______ , in order to be the manager I aspire to be.
- I need to _______, in order to be the leader I aspire to be.
- I’m learning that managing requires ….
- I’m learning that my team needs ….
- I see in myself a ….
- I’m thankful for ….
- Don’t sweep failure under the carpet. When you fail to benefit from failure, you double defeat.
- If your organization shoots its wounded, get the most from failure with someone you trust.
- Use the ‘three steps to come out smarter after failure’ with yourself, direct reports, and teams.
- Spend 30% of your time looking back and 70% of your time looking forward.
- Address failure from a positive orientation, even when facing negative consequences.
What might be added to the Name it – Claim it – Reframe it approach?
What questions or statements help leaders get smart after failure?