Are You Celebrating Team Failures?

Does your organizational culture encourage or discourage risk-taking?

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Dave Workman, president of Partnership Advisors, discusses how creating a culture that celebrates failures leads to increased imagination and creativity among teams.

“There are several different barriers to the leader amping up the imagination side or the creativity side in the organization and in themselves,” says Dave. “One of them, for example, is creating a culture that's not afraid to take risks… There's something about an organization, that some people would call them learning organizations, where you only learn by having some really great failures.”

Watch the video to learn more from Dave about how to celebrate failures within your organization.

There are several different barriers to the leader amping up the imagination side or the creativity side in the organization and in themselves. One of them, for example, is creating a culture that's not afraid to take risks, and instead of punishing a project, or an idea, or whatever that didn't quite work, how could we create cultures that sometimes celebrate even the failures? Because there's something about an organization, that some people would call them learning organizations, where you only learn by having some really great failures, honestly.

I remember reading this thing about Thomas Edison, and, you know, he's well known for coming up with, I don't know, hundreds of different filaments trying to invent the light bulb, and that's always used as an example of, "Just keep trying," and so forth. But the story that I found more fascinating was after he worked on the phonograph and he heard the first audio recording of his voice and so forth, his fear was that they wouldn't try anything new, that that was so good that we'll just stop there. And it was a legitimate fear that he had, "We'll never top this."

Organizations have to take risks periodically. They just have to take them. They can be somewhat calculated, but you have to do things outside of your comfort zones.

We have to paint a picture periodically of why the status quo is no good, why we can't stay in the status quo, and that's so hard for us. I've discovered in my own life, as I've gotten older, I've become more risk averse. Man, I really have to watch that.
Dave workman

Dave Workman

Dave Workman is president of Partnership Advisors, a consortium of leaders devoted to helping churches and nonprofits become healthier and increase their impact. He is the author of The Outward-Focused Life: Becoming a Servant in a Se...

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