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Embracing failure


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Management Tips

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You want to know something funny? Before I was a well known talking head, I was the kid who was fired at age 16 from the frozen yogurt store for giving free yogurt to a friend. I'm also the guy who wrote two horrible novels, and began a speaking career, as a very mediocre speaker. I could mention many additional failures I've endured over the years. But let's think about these three, for just a moment. Because I was fired as a teenager, I began to think seriously, for the first time, about integrity. Because my books were not very good, I was pushed to consider other types of writing.
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  1. 31s
    1. Welcome
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  2. 4m 56s
    1. Being a leader, not a micromanager
      2m 21s
    2. Managing your manager
      2m 35s
  3. 5m 11s
    1. Managing millennials
      2m 18s
    2. Managing a multigenerational workforce
      2m 53s
  4. 4m 48s
    1. Avoiding burnout at work
      2m 30s
    2. Learning how to say no
      2m 18s
  5. 5m 38s
    1. Managing poor performance
      2m 45s
    2. Delivering employee feedback
      2m 53s
  6. 5m 26s
    1. Cultivating future leaders
      2m 46s
    2. Hiring to fill gaps in your team
      2m 40s
  7. 5m 12s
    1. Networking within your organization
      2m 43s
    2. Understanding organizational politics
      2m 29s
  8. 5m 8s
    1. Retaining top performers
      2m 31s
    2. Engaging your high potentials
      2m 37s
  9. 5m 29s
    1. Getting your team unstuck
      2m 48s
    2. Coaching your team
      2m 41s
  10. 4m 54s
    1. Offering a needed apology
      2m 25s
    2. Fixing mistakes
      2m 29s
  11. 5m 24s
    1. Creating a lasting first impression
      2m 33s
    2. Reading body language
      2m 51s
  12. 5m 45s
    1. Becoming a change agent
      3m 0s
    2. Finding targets for innovation
      2m 45s
  13. 4m 41s
    1. Earning your next promotion
      2m 33s
    2. Planning for your next raise
      2m 8s
  14. 5m 23s
    1. Making work fun
      2m 43s
    2. Finding purpose in your work
      2m 40s
  15. 5m 0s
    1. Becoming a better listener
      2m 44s
    2. Communicating with candor
      2m 16s
  16. 5m 48s
    1. Assessing your organization's change readiness
      2m 51s
    2. Initiating change conversations
      2m 57s
  17. 5m 6s
    1. Building trust
      2m 32s
    2. Avoiding blame
      2m 34s
  18. 5m 39s
    1. Embracing failure
      2m 33s
    2. Developing your creativity
      3m 6s
  19. 6m 25s
    1. Making better decisions at work
      3m 9s
    2. Creating solutions, not policies
      3m 16s
  20. 5m 42s
    1. Motivating team members
      2m 35s
    2. Empowering through BHAGs
      3m 7s
  21. 6m 6s
    1. Breaking through with brainstorming
      3m 16s
    2. Embracing the devil's advocate
      2m 50s
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    1. Storytelling at work
      2m 39s
    2. Building transparency into your work culture
      1m 53s
  23. 5m 22s
    1. Keeping a virtual team connected
      2m 27s
    2. Building a destination workplace
      2m 55s
  24. 5m 34s
    1. Surviving the loneliness of leadership
      2m 52s
    2. Developing work and life balance
      2m 42s
  25. 5m 22s
    1. Working with people you don't like
      2m 50s
    2. Knowing the difference between quitting and refocusing
      2m 32s
  26. 5m 7s
    1. Motivating by getting your hands dirty
      2m 17s
    2. Using persuasion at work
      2m 50s
  27. 5m 39s
    1. Planning your team-building retreat
      2m 50s
    2. Facilitating your team-building retreat
      2m 49s
  28. 4m 59s
    1. 5 Phrases to Avoid
      2m 39s
    2. The keys to great conversation
      2m 20s
  29. 5m 24s
    1. Giving a realistic job preview
      2m 30s
    2. Rethinking the job description
      2m 54s
  30. 5m 39s
    1. Surviving a bad boss
      3m 1s
    2. Making and recovering from mistakes
      2m 38s
  31. 5m 30s
    1. Discovering the problem with teams
      2m 39s
    2. Getting serious about autonomy
      2m 51s
  32. 5m 59s
    1. Managing creative talent
      3m 2s
    2. Managing technical talent
      2m 57s
  33. 5m 57s
    1. Three dangerous leadership assumptions
      3m 4s
    2. The danger of short-term thinking
      2m 53s
  34. 5m 47s
    1. Leading as an introvert
      3m 13s
    2. Are leaders born or bred?
      2m 34s
  35. 6m 3s
    1. Fighting bureaucracy
      3m 6s
    2. Not all best practices are best
      2m 57s
  36. 6m 40s
    1. Selling your ideas
      2m 30s
    2. Leading with ideas over numbers
      4m 10s
  37. 5m 56s
    1. Restarting a stalled project
      3m 15s
    2. Building a better meeting
      2m 41s
  38. 5m 5s
    1. Navigating common ethical dilemmas
      2m 31s
    2. Making tough decisions
      2m 34s
  39. 4m 22s
    1. Maximizing personal potential
      2m 16s
    2. Diversity’s real power
      2m 6s
  40. 6m 49s
    1. Thinking about hiring in a new way
      3m 18s
    2. Creative onboarding
      3m 31s
  41. 5m 33s
    1. Pushing your limits
      2m 57s
    2. Understanding strengths and weaknesses
      2m 36s
  42. 5m 58s
    1. Questioning competency models
      3m 17s
    2. Hiring a few originals
      2m 41s
  43. 5m 22s
    1. Developing executive presence
      2m 56s
    2. Earning respect
      2m 26s
  44. 6m 8s
    1. Building consensus
      3m 0s
    2. Speaking to be heard
      3m 8s
  45. 6m 19s
    1. Embracing personal evolution
      3m 25s
    2. The art of delayed gratification
      2m 54s
  46. 6m 4s
    1. Rethinking productivity
      2m 59s
    2. Understanding averages and exceptions
      3m 5s
  47. 6m 10s
    1. Using positive power and politics
      3m 8s
    2. Creating needed debate
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  48. 5m 14s
    1. So you want to be a leader?
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    2. Inspiration is a choice
      2m 35s
  49. 5m 5s
    1. Predicting challenges
      2m 23s
    2. Knowing when to engage positive conflict
      2m 42s
  50. 2m 56s
    1. Office etiquette
      2m 56s
  51. 2m 32s
    1. Understanding personality types at work
      2m 32s
  52. 2m 23s
    1. Using phone etiquette
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  53. 3m 3s
    1. Working with difficult bosses
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  54. 2m 32s
    1. Dealing with a public insult from your boss
      2m 32s
  55. 2m 14s
    1. The successful contrarian
      2m 14s
  56. 3m 3s
    1. How to quit your job successfully
      3m 3s
  57. 3m 13s
    1. Structuring an effective presentation
      3m 13s
  58. 2m 44s
    1. How to deliver an effective presentation
      2m 44s
  59. 2m 22s
    1. Dealing with a new boss off to a bad start
      2m 22s
  60. 2m 44s
    1. Myth of creative genius
      2m 44s
  61. 2m 41s
    1. Changing routines to build new thought
      2m 41s
  62. 2m 35s
    1. Managing emotions at work
      2m 35s
  63. 2m 47s
    1. Making risk feel like learning
      2m 47s
  64. 3m 10s
    1. The difference between creativity and innovation
      3m 10s
  65. 2m 47s
    1. People don't hate change
      2m 47s
  66. 3m 2s
    1. Developing a personal board of directors
      3m 2s
  67. 2m 52s
    1. Avoiding the Peter Principle
      2m 52s
  68. 2m 33s
    1. A simple approach to personal ethics
      2m 33s
  69. 2m 43s
    1. Dealing with inappropriate comments
      2m 43s
  70. 2m 41s
    1. Telling someone how they are viewed by others
      2m 41s
  71. 2m 59s
    1. How to improve communication immediately
      2m 59s

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In this weekly series, Todd Dewett, PhD, shares the tips respected and motivated managers use to improve rapport, navigate tricky situations, build better relationships, and drive the business forward. Each week, we'll release two tips ranging from avoiding the dreaded micromanagement to managing a multigenerational workforce, cultivating better listening skills, and developing an understanding of your organization's politics. Check back every Wednesday for more Management Tips.

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Embracing failure

You want to know something funny? Before I was a well known talking head, I was the kid who was fired at age 16 from the frozen yogurt store for giving free yogurt to a friend. I'm also the guy who wrote two horrible novels, and began a speaking career, as a very mediocre speaker. I could mention many additional failures I've endured over the years. But let's think about these three, for just a moment. Because I was fired as a teenager, I began to think seriously, for the first time, about integrity. Because my books were not very good, I was pushed to consider other types of writing.

Today, writings a big part of what I do. I'm also a professional speaker, but I didn't start as a great speaker. Audiences thought I was good, but not great. I chose to use that feedback and study the craft. Eventually I was successful because I was lucky enough to experience these failures early. And the key to my progress was choosing to learn from these mistakes. What about you? Learning how to take smarter risks and turn failure into learning is the hallmark of successful people, great teams, and every imminent creator through out history.

Think about it. Do you think that Einstein just woke up one day. No forethought whatsoever and instantly in one big eureka moment, poof! He thought of e equals mc squared. No, of course not. He went through trials and error. Thought experiment after thought experiment. Equation after equation. Trying over and over. He hit many roadblocks and failed many times along that path. Instead of lamenting failure, he chose to frame it in his mind as useful knowledge about what doesn't work.

And that motivated him to try again. It was the same with Thomas Edison. That man and his team created countless, useless contraptions. Before he perfected the light bulb he failed to find materials to make it viable. After many hundreds of failures he chose to stay positive by framing them as useful knowledge about what didn't work. So he tried again. I can promise you this. Whether we're talking about Einstein or Edison, or you and your career, nothing great is achieved without embracing the risks of learning that are absolutely required.

Instead of being afraid of failure, make it a badge of honor. If you want to understand self-improvement and have your team understand innovation, you've gotta learn how to fail faster, smarter, and cheaper over time. So ultimately, the choice is yours. Is failure a stigma to be endured or a catalyst that you can use to help accelerate your progress?

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