How to Fail When You’re Used to Winning

A guide for managing morale while pushing for innovation

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Develop a written vision and mission statement — and refer to them often.


Make failure an opportunity for learning, rather than for blame.


When staff give internal demos on projects, ask them to include a substantial section on lessons learned.


Set a regular time when teams can raise a challenge they’re facing, and individuals can step up to offer relevant expertise or knowledge.


Use a spreadsheet, database or repo to track notes, code, and other assets from failed projects that can be reused in future projects.


Publicly celebrate incremental progress.


Encourage staff to occasionally take up small, quick projects that are likely to be wins.


Model the behaviors you want.

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Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.