Leadership, Ethics, and Trust

Positive Change in Action

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Do you lead your team to learn primarily from successes or from failures? Many leaders argue that their teams are just too busy to spend time discussing why a successful project went well. They just wrap up quickly and then dive into the next project. So, the unspoken insights and unwritten lessons learned from that project rarely get shared or discussed. Often, they just get forgotten in the frenzy of working on project after project.

Would you hire an engineer to build you a bridge if all that engineer ever studied was how bridges collapse? Would you hire a recruiter to find you a job if all that recruiter ever studied was how people get fired? The best leaders help their teams learn regularly from their successes, not just occasionally from their failures. But learning from success happens automatically—doesn’t it?