FAILURE IS GOOD IF YOU DO IT RIGHT, LEARNING TO SUCCEED
Kids who do chores and feel involved in the overall well-being of their families are better off than those who don’t. Failing at something is hard. It’s hard to be bad at stuff, publicly and privately. But we all do it, it happens to everyone, so it’s a great thing to bond over. It’s also productive to talk through a failure in order to learn how to be better next time. There are a lot of ways we can turn failures into successes (I hate myself for writing that, but it’s true). If you want to succeed, learning from failure is key.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO TALK ABOUT YOUR FAILURE, OR ANYONE ELSE’S
Talk about the failure in person – it doesn’t do a person any good to get some kind words over email. The best thing to do is not hide behind a screen and just come out and talk about the failure in person. That way subtle body language and other cues can go towards humanizing both people in the interaction. The listener will have more empathy and the person who failed will feel revived.
SUCCEEDING AFTER FAILURE BUILDS RESILIENCE, FOR PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES
Resiliency is necessary for long-term success – just like how resilient children grow up to be successful, so do resilient businesses. It’s important for businesses to be used to failing – and resolving problems – if they are going to grow and be successful in the long run. Failure should be thought of as positive learning experiences that make businesses and workers thrive.
WORK ENVIRONMENTS HAVE TO FEEL SAFE, THEN TALKING ABOUT FAILURE IS PRODUCTIVE
Make work a safe space – this is important for a whole host of reasons, but it is especially important when talking about failing. If the work area is not a safe space it will become a breeding ground for negative competition where people do not feel comfortable collaborating. Feeling safe talking about failing means you will also feel safe presenting a new idea that you want help on. This will make the company a better place to work on the whole.