Sunday, September 29, 2019

Learn from Failures

The value is how you respond to failure; and how you respond is dependent upon what you learn from it.

No one likes failures, but failures knock our door sometimes. Either individually or at the organizational level, there are some failures perhaps you can control. But others seem completely out of control. The reality of failure is that it is also a way to learn. You can make a transition from failing bitter to failing better only if you learn from the failures, and then failing is something that prompts you to move ahead.

Keep positive attitude: You can only get better from one's mistakes if you take it with a positive attitude, learn from them, and leap forward. When you re-frame the word "failure" to be more positive, you open the door to learning. When you are ready and willing to ask questions as to what was the source of failure, what worked, what didn't, why, etc, you are on the path to gain value. Learning is the key to move forward, address any future potential challenges and issues with more confidence, and the knowledge that you "know" what to do to avoid failures. When someone fails, try to ask them what they’ve learned instead of focusing on what didn’t work or chastising them for overlooking something or making mistakes. It’s important to gain a balanced viewpoint about failures and risks. Be positive and cautious at the same time. Otherwise, you will go too far one way and become risk-averse, or go too far the other and fail to make use of the learning or grasp the learning opportunities to fail forward. 

Strengthen human resilience: Resilience is about a "system" being able to maintain its recognizable essential characteristics. It is about bounce. It’s about regaining one's footing which could be bouncing back, bouncing forward, or restructuring your life to integrate the change in some way that works or grows around obstacles. Modern leaders and professionals must have a resilient mindset for adapting to the continuous digital disruptions. Either individuals or organizations, to survive and thrive, they must present resilience to fail fast and fail forward, with the capability to manage risks intelligently. Part of the issue of resiliency is how significant the adverse situation is to the person or an organization. It could be a relatively minor event or it could be a “breaking moment.” Resilience helps individuals or organizations bounce back from all these difficult experiences. It's about being able to keep working and focusing, even during stress and disturbances, rather than reacting to stressful situations. To put simply, with resilience, you can fall down and stand up again.

Learning is a constant process: Failure comes to you, you need to overcome it, using it as a launch point for improvement. All failures should be a learning experience. when a failure is detected, ask wise questions and learn from it: 
(1) What's the problem, what's the root cause of the problem?
(2) Can you turn this into a success? 
(3) Could you have detected the problem sooner?

The amount you learn is closely related to the amount of risk we take, failure or otherwise. Being learning agile means to learn from different channels. Learning is a constant process, to be better and better. When you do any mistakes inadvertently, it is more than an ordinary, an ongoing learning opportunity, you have already paid for your mistake, so it is all the more important learning that you should never repeat the same mistakes in the future,

You can only improve learning from your own errors or others’ mistakes. Technically, failures should be avoided. However, in reality, failure sometimes is inevitable. Thus, one should not be paralyzed fearless if there is a possible failure and one should learn to embrace it. The value is how you respond to failure; and how you respond is dependent upon what you learn from it. Only then, can "failing fast and failing forward" be utilized as a professional competency and tactical advantage.

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