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Sunday, December 2, 2018


Failure is an expected outcome for those who pursue betterness.  It doesn't matter if we're talking personal improvement or organizational improvement.  

If we don't push ourselves, we don't get better.  If we don't experience some failure, we haven't pushed ourselves.

How should we respond when the pattern seems to be persistent fails, with few or no wins?   
The folks who seem most accomplished at keeping the fail-succeed scoreboard moving in a positive direction use the following techniques to bend failure trends toward success:

  • They analyze personal/team performance continually, carefully, objectively, honestly.
  • They discuss that performance openly. 
  • They take corrective measures early and often.
  • They habitize the thinking/actions that foster wins, and de-habitize the thinking/actions that affect consistent fails.
  • They do not mistake isolated failure as trending failure.
  • They do not abide excuse-making (by themselves or others).
Betterness is a process, not an event.

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