Okay, I know we’ve seen similar sketches where words are turned into acronyms. This is just another perspective on the word to help us rethink how we feel about failure.
Not so long ago, the mantra was ‘fail fast, learn fast’. Then it shifted to ‘fail faster, learn faster’ so the race was on to fail faster than your competitors.
But what about people who are yet to feel more comfortable with failure? Our work on our five shifts to build an agile mindset suggests that for many, it’s a tough shift from ‘failure avoidance’ to ‘failure seeking’.
Many of us have grown up hearing phrases that go like this:
- Failure is not an option
- Did you pass OR fail?
- Fail to plan and you plan to fail
- Get it right the FIRST time
It’s not easy to ‘undo’ years of conditioning about failure.
To help the shift:
🌟 Frame your work as an experiment.
Then **run** your work as an experiment with a focus and intent to:
> capture lessons
> and experiment again
You don’t even have to use the “F” word in your conversations and reflections 😊
Failure is the pathway to innovation. The key is to focus on the lesson/s learned. New ways of working mean new ways of thinking!
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