We all fail but sometimes it’s hard to recover from it. Consultant Ashley Good suggests looking inward after a failure and doing a “deep tissue post-mortem”.
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Typically, we want to get over a failure quickly, but Good suggests that it’s helpful to really spend some time thinking about what happened:
Our tendency in times of failure is to try to figure out what caused it, fix it as soon as possible and move on. That undermines the depth of learning that’s possible. Try to figure out why the failure happened. What assumptions were made? What experiences led to it? That really deepens what you can learn from the experience. Also, listen to other perspectives on what happened. I often bring together different stakeholders in the failure to talk about it. If you bring five people together, you’ll get five different stories about what went wrong.
Failure’s important, just make sure you actually learn something from it.
Fail Forward’s Ashley Good on how to screw up in the best possible way [Canadian Business via 99U]