I was watching a 20/20 news story on the power of failure recently. It was really quite inspiring, with key lessons to walk away with.
Currently, I am leading a significant enterprise transformation effort at a global financial services company. What I know for sure is that there will be many ‘failures’ along the way. To help people feel more comfortable with the changes and ‘failures’ brought about by change, I am going to introduce this concept that ‘failing is a good thing’ in my meetings. I’m going to start my meetings with “What did you fail at today?” I’ll be sure to mention my own failures, so that folks can see that we should expect to fail during this transformation. The key is to reflect upon and learn from these failures to help us continue to lead the organization through this multi-year transformation.
Stay tuned…I’ll let you all know how this new approach to failure is working in a few months. In the meantime, now go do some failing on your own! Let me know how it is going….