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Your answer to this question has a tremendous impact on the decisions you make, how you lead and ultimately the results you get in business and in life.
I have asked several audiences this question over the past few months, and the responses have been everything from failure defines me to frightens me to teaches me and aids me.
Watch this fantastic Nike video on failure with Michael Jordon.
I love his last line. “I have failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.”
As we coach leaders, we see that there is a great deal of opportunity for them to improve how they lead by improving how they see and deal with failure.
Fear cannot hold us back but instead must be seen as a very normal (and necessary) part of our journey.
Here are four tips to help you deal with failure and get greater results as a leader.
- Sweaty Palms: Do one thing every day to stretch yourself, to get uncomfortable and make your palms sweat. Do not allow yourself to fall into the routine of comfort and complacency. Think of who you should call, meet with, confront, terminate, invest in. Success can be dangerous when we stop taking risks and start trying to maintain and protect.
- Solutions Mindset: Failures are an opportunity to come up with new and better solutions. Too many leaders allow failure to define and paralyze them. Lose your ego and embrace the learning that can come as a result of failure as you move forward and create solutions.
- Expect and Plan for Them: What is your worst case scenario? If the project fails, if the client says no, then what? What’s your next move? Don’t be surprised by failures, but instead be prepared for them. Too many quit because they cannot move beyond the initial failure.
- Bounce Back Mentality: The best in business are very much the same as the best in sports. When they fail, they reflect, self examine, look at the data, and get right back on the field, court or range. Or in your case, the conference room.
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