“Failing forward” what does that mean?

Part 3: Failing Forward

There are many benefits to “Failing Forward.” You will be trusted. When you are trustworthy you build stronger relationships at home, in community and at work. You will develop a good reputation and your circle of influence will grow. You will learn from your experiences. When you own your own actions and outcomes, you have the opportunity to learn from them and change your future results. You will experience personal growth. When you take ownership for your choices and learn from your mistakes, you grow as a person and feel tremendous satisfaction as you become the person that you want to be. Then others will recognize your value and ask for your wisdom to add value to them. Some may give you the opportunity to share your life experience to multiply value to others or have you on their team or ask you to serve as a life-coach or mentor.

What are the characteristics of leaders who have learned to fail forward? They are big picture thinkers. They consider long-term effects and make decisions based on their understanding of the situation in its entirety. They are committed to finding solutions and go beyond what is required of them and look for ways to add value and improve any situation. They are trustworthy and keep their promises and fulfill their obligations. They do not make excuses or justify their actions. They do not try to place blame on other people or circumstances. They do what needs to be done to the best of their ability. They avoid unnecessary failure by striving for excellence. They enjoy being productive and feel a sense of accomplishment when their work is complete.

Remember: Failure and loss are a normal part of life and leadership. Admit when you’re wrong. Apologize as soon as possible. Adjust your behavior. Evaluate your experience to learn from it and become a better leader. Be conscientious. What you say and do makes a difference. Take every opportunity to be an example and a positive influence to others. Be dependable. Show up on time and keep your commitments. Commit to excellence. Do your best at everything you do. Find solutions. When there is a problem, take an active role and try to find a solution. Be disciplined, sensible and wise. Take care of your health, emotions, time, and money to avoid unnecessary failure or loss. If you do experience failure, don’t let it define you or destroy you, but fail forward, for your own good, the good of those around you and for an enduring legacy.

Written by John Weaver (Sources: Global Priority Principles & John C. Maxwell).

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