Fail Forward

Successful people never fail because they turn failures into learning experiences.

I heard this quote today, and it was at an ideal time for me. We have all heard the endless stories about how many times Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Edison failed before they reached success. We know you have to fail to succeed. 

The timing of hearing this quote was serendipitous because today I received feedback regarding something I was doing. I tend to be a slightly dramatic person, so when something at work bothers me, I work it out by venting to a peer. For me, it’s therapeutic; it helps me cope and move on. However, that’s not what a leader does.

Leaders know when to support the company and when to challenge it. When good leaders disagree with something, they don’t go whine to their peers. Whining creates dissension and discourages teamwork. It undermines company initiatives. It creates confusion regarding direction. And while there is a time for it, once the initiative is underway, it’s time to accept it.

So what do you do when you know the company is headed the wrong way with an initiative? The best way to address the issue is to raise it to your supervisor to be your champion or to the leadership who owns the initiative. And if you need to vent, save it for your spouse or a friend, not a colleague.

Have you made any mistakes lately? What are you going to do with the feedback? My suggestion is to be a successful leader, and take action on the feedback!

Jana Axline is president and leadership coach at Axline Solutions and author of Becoming You. Through her leadership musings she inspires audiences to grow as leaders and ultimately achieve who they were created to be. For more information visit Axline Solutions.

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