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Admitting Failure

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“All my successes have been built on my failures.” – Benjamin Disraeli


The development community is failing… to learn from failure. Instead of recognizing these experiences as learning opportunities, we hide them away out of fear and embarrassment.

No more. This site is an open space for development professionals who recognize that the only “bad” failure is one that’s repeated. Those who are willing to share their missteps to ensure they don’t happen again. It is a community and a resource, all designed to establish new levels of transparency, collaboration, and innovation within the development sector.

Get involved – share failures, build knowledge and encourage others to do the same – so we all benefit, today.

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Reflections from NTC Plenary Panel on Innovation

Reflections from NTC Plenary Panel on Innovation | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it

Some thoughts on the Innovation and Nonprofits Plenary panel ... including a renewed sense to curate and write about failure

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Beth Kanter's comment, December 13, 2013 5:49 AM
I was thinking about you yesterday - I'm taking a workshop with Lisa Heft on facilitating emergent experiences.
june holley's comment, December 13, 2013 5:52 AM
I'm doing a research project on network leadership - have 30 minutes to talk - need your help!!! I'll email
Beth Kanter's comment, December 13, 2013 6:03 AM
into next week, would love to catch up and hear what you're doing.
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How to Ask Better Questions

How to Ask Better Questions | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it

Asking One of your direct reports walks into your office looking for help: the rollout of the new line of Web-based products she is managing is falling behind schedule. All the prototypes have been create...

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Asking good questions Framework.


The most effective and empowering questions create value in one or more of the following ways:


  1. They create clarity: “Can you explain more about this situation?”
  2. They construct better working relations: Instead of “Did you make your sales goal?” ask, “How have sales been going?”
  3. They help people think analytically and critically: “What are the consequences of going this route?”
  4. They inspire people to reflect and see things in fresh, unpredictable ways: “Why did this work?”
  5. They encourage breakthrough thinking: “Can that be done in any other way?”
  6. They challenge assumptions: “What do you think you will lose if you start sharing responsibility for the implementation process?”
  7. They create ownership of solutions: “Based on your experience, what do you suggest we do here?”


What not to ask 
Marquardt points out that, contrary to the business truism “There are no bad questions,” several types of questions can have a negative effect on subordinates.

Questions focused on why a person did not or cannot succeed force subordinates to take a defensive or reactive stance and strip them of their power. Such questions shut down opportunities for success and do not allow people to clarify misunderstandings or achieve goals. These questions include:

  • Why are you behind schedule?
  • What’s the problem with this project?
  • Who isn’t keeping up?
  • Don’t you know any better than that?
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Mindset | How can you change from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset?

Mindset | How can you change from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset? | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it

Via Gust MEES, Deanna Mascle, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, February 18, 9:56 AM

Carol Dwek's Mindset is based on a lot of research she has done over the years. It has applications throughout higher education. 

Parent Cortical Mass's curator insight, February 19, 5:19 AM

nice set of links about Carol Dweck's Mindset Theory.  Every parent needs to know what Carol Dweck discovered in her research.  

Jaimee's curator insight, March 5, 7:09 AM

So one who wants to make a change must have a positive outlook on new situations or task that they are not used to?

 

This article is about how one can gain or become a part of the group that is a growth mind set. You gain success or become a better person by following these changes. 

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Fail Your Way To Amazing Things

Fail Your Way To Amazing Things | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it
Our definition of failure, and our path in life, is shaped by three things: Passion, Purpose, and Attitude. We need to re-define what failure means to us.
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Doubts kill more dreams that failure ever will. 

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Anne-Laure Delpech's curator insight, November 5, 2013 1:10 AM

"les doutes tuent plus de rêves que l'échec"

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When Failure Isn't Failure | Darim Online, Lisa Colton

When Failure Isn't Failure | Darim Online, Lisa Colton | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it
Too often we get hung up on THE NEXT GREAT IDEA that will save or transform the Jewish community.  Following stark headlines birthed by the recent Pew study, I suspect the urgency around this may e...
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Great to see nonprofit folks take up the mantra to learn from failure after the plenary session at NTC last year.

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Speaking

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Not many people would call themselves failure experts with a sense of pride and purpose. I do. If you are interested in having me speak to failure, learning, innovation or resilience at your event,...
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How Failure Is One Of The Most Important Factors In Success

How Failure Is One Of The Most Important Factors In Success | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it
Social entrepreneurs talk about the importance of getting back up when something goes wrong.
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"Failure is a weird word. I don't see it as failure. I see it as a natural evolution of a solution to a problem."

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2011-12-failures-report

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Falling short: seven writers reflect on failure

Falling short: seven writers reflect on failure | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it
Diana Athill, Margaret Atwood, Julian Barnes, Anne Enright, Howard Jacobson, Will Self and Lionel Shriver reflect on their own disappointments in life, love and work
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Malcolm Gladwell: Albert O. Hirschman and the Power of Failure

Malcolm Gladwell: Albert O. Hirschman and the Power of Failure | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it
Hirschman made his arguments without mathematical formulas or complex models. His subject was economics, but his spirit was literary.
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Albert O. HIrschman was a economist.  This essay by Malcolm Gladwell shares stories of his life and philosophy about doubt, creativity, and failure. 


Great storytelling, but some juicy bits about failure.



Creativity always comes as a surprise to us; therefore we can never count on it and we dare not believe in it until it has happened. In other words, we would not consciously engage upon tasks whose success clearly requires that creativity be forthcoming. Hence, the only way in which we can bring our creative resources fully into play is by misjudging the nature of the task, by presenting it to ourselves as more routine, simple, undemanding of genuine creativity than it will turn out to be.



While we are rather willing and even eager and relieved to agree with a historian’s finding that we stumbled into the more shameful events of history, such as war, we are correspondingly unwilling to concede—in fact we find it intolerable to imagine—that our more lofty achievements, such as economic, social or political progress, could have come about by stumbling rather than through careful planning. . . . Language itself conspires toward this sort of asymmetry: we fall into error, but do not usually speak of falling into truth.





 

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Creativity always comes as a surprise to us; therefore we can never count on it and we dare not believe in it until it has happened. In other words, we would not consciously engage upon tasks whose success clearly requires that creativity be forthcoming. Hence, the only way in which we can bring our creative resources fully into play is by misjudging the nature of the task, by presenting it to ourselves as more routine, simple, undemanding of genuine creativity than it will turn out to be.

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| How smart nonprofits are using failures to become more successful

| How smart nonprofits are using failures to become more successful | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it
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No more yes. It's either HELL YEAH! or no. | Derek Sivers

No more yes. It's either HELL YEAH! or no. | Derek Sivers | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it
Derek Sivers Home, Blog, About, Projects
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One way to avoid failure is really understanding what to say yes and what to say no to ...

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4 Decision-Making Errors That Cripple Nonprofit Boards - Nonprofit Hub

4 Decision-Making Errors That Cripple Nonprofit Boards - Nonprofit Hub | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it
Why are flaws in our own decision-making invisible to us? Learn four surprisingly simple ways to make better nonprofit decisions.
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How To Ask Good Questions: Skills You Need To Survive and Thrive in A Connected Age

How To Ask Good Questions: Skills You Need To Survive and Thrive in A Connected Age | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it



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This article includes 10 skills to learn to be successful.   I'm focusing on the asking good questions:



"Good questions are ships that sail us into discovering lands and that can open up the opportunity to uncover things we would have never imagined... unless we asked."

Source: Robin Good



Why


  • Asking questions is the highway to learning and understanding more about the world that surrounds you, about how it works and about how to get anywhere you want to go, physically or mentally.
  • Learning to ask good questions is also important because it trains you to evaluate the situation, to analyze its weak or unclear points and to see clearly where is the extra information that you do not have and need to know.



How:


Learn and practice the use of the 5 Ws. These are questions whose answers are considered basic in information-gathering. They are often mentioned in journalism (cf. news style), research, and police investigations. They constitute a formula for getting the complete story on a subject.

  • Who is it about?


  • What happened?


  • Where did it take place?


  • When did it take place?


  • Why did it happen?



There are three main types of questions:

a) Factual

b) Interpretive

c) Evaluative


Source: Asking Questions - The Key to Engaging Students in Learning - LessonPaths




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A Mind-Set for Success

A Mind-Set for Success | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it
Judith E. Glaser, author of Creating WE: Change I-Thinking to We-Thinking and Build a Healthy Thriving Organization, introduces a passage illuminating the drivers of success from Leadership and the Art of Struggle: How Great Leaders Grow through...
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Summarizes the research on growth vs fixed mindsets from Carol Dweck and others.


 "The real secret of success resides in people’s mind-set. He shows how a “fixed” mind-set that ascribes success to innate qualities is less resilient and adaptable than a “growth” mind-set that connects achievement to continuous learning and persistence

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Summarizes the research on growth vs fixed mindsets from Carol Dweck and others.


 "The real secret of success resides in people’s mind-set. He shows how a “fixed” mind-set that ascribes success to innate qualities is less resilient and adaptable than a “growth” mind-set that connects achievement to continuous learning and persistence."

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The best product and brand failures of 2013

These failures, in no particular order, were found through research in the print media and on the web and from the contents of our brains.
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Fail Forward « Jewish Futures

Posts about Fail Forward written by jewishedproject
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Looks like Lisa is looking at failure! 

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Failure Reports

Failure Reports | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it
Failure Reports: A How-To Guide is intended to support organizations who are interested in documenting and learning from their failures, and using the process as a launch point for organizational c...
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FailCon 2013

FailCon 2013 | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it
     FailCon 2013 FailCon has traveled around the world, visiting over a dozen countries since its inception in 2009. Now we're back in our home city of San Francisco to teach new lessons, focus on the best stories of the...
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"Fail fast, fail often." Learn what these words mean at #FailCon next month. Save $50 off tkts w/code "50smc" http://bit.ly/15ZTl8A 

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News at Answers.com - How I Failed

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Khaled El Ahmad's curator insight, September 20, 2013 11:48 PM

A must read #Entrepreuner by @Kanter

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Home - Failure-Lab

Home - Failure-Lab | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it
Home - Failure-Lab
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The Most Effective Ways to Make It Right When You Screw Up

The Most Effective Ways to Make It Right When You Screw Up | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it
Focus on the recipient's perspective, not yours.
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This is a different spin on the failure topic - how to apologize.  You have to keep in mind who you are talking to, what they need, and above all empathy. 

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Three tips on learning from failure

Three tips on learning from failure | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it
Photo credit: Flickr user Hessa. Grantmakers across the country raised a glass to failure at the 2013 Grantmakers for Effective ...
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grist: notes on change, from digital managers Archives

grist: notes on change, from digital managers Archives | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it
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Don't let failure be the final step

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The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it
Why don't successful people and organizations automatically become very successful?
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If success is a catalyst for failure because it leads to the "undisciplined pursuit of more," then one simple antidote is the disciplined pursuit of less. Not just haphazardly saying no, but purposefully, deliberately, and strategically eliminating the nonessentials. Not just once a year as part of a planning meeting, but constantly reducing, focusing and simplifying. Not just getting rid of the obvious time wasters, but being willing to cut out really terrific opportunities as well. Few appear to have the courage to live this principle, which may be why it differentiates successful people and organizations from the very successful ones.

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Fantastic advice, Beth! Thank you for posting.
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The Power of "Noble Experiments" | Stanford Graduate School of Business

The Power of "Noble Experiments" | Stanford Graduate School of Business | Failure and Learning | Scoop.it
Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels, discusses leadership, his bad first job, and the best business book he's ever read.
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What do you consider your biggest failure?

I like to consider failures “noble experiments.” For me it was Costanoa, a luxury campground between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz in California. It was an inspired idea but the execution was challenging and the location was challenging. We sold it after three years for a fraction of what we spent to build it. We did learn unique ways to deliver service in a remote location.

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