Who am I? NAME/TITLE/WHAT I DO; WHAT Care2 is. (5 Min.) Why failure is an issue How embracing failure can allow for success Examples – skiing; working at Care2; Care2 strategy This is why I’m so passionate about failure.
Ground rules – share in confidence here, respect others sharing and keep it among us, these are all hard earned examples. We want to create a culture in the room of being able to learn from failure. We're trying to model how an organzation that learns from failure operates.
Brainstorm – Why do we fear failure? (Breakout) 10 min. a. Fear for job, bad manager, fear of ridicule, org. Culture…? b. Bad incentives – reward for KPI, not innovation
Intro. Topic 5 min. Why do we fear failure? Flip chart c. How can we benefit from embracing failure? These are hard earned lessons, we should preserve and share them. d. Imagine an instance when you were afraid to try something? If you failed, how bad was it? Did you ultimately benefit? e. Central hypothesis - Charities and campaigners will be more successful if they set aside the fear of failure and embrace a culture of innovation, experimentation, testing, and learning. Currently too many charities do not test or try new things. If they do, too often the tests aren’t well structured for learning and iteration. And, too often, failures are hidden or obscured rather than surfaced and learned from. Network for Good Do you have examples of a test that didn’t work? Or of something that was rejected without even trying it? If we stop or don’t try, no cars no planes, no decent vacuum cleaners.
How can we as individuals and organizations do better at embracing failure? Supporting risk taking? 10 min. a. Examples of how orgs are supporting failure – i. GP – Dog Bollocks Award ii. Confession box iii. Church of fail iv. NTSB/Blackbox (open loop) Test – smart, so you learn. Be a scientist. James Dyson – Enjoy failure and learn from it. You can never learn from success.
ECF Europe 2016: Embracing Failure
Break out one - Break into groups of two or three
a) Answer the question ’why do we fear failure?’
b) Think about individual, organization, and sector
Breakout – examples of failures you’ve learned from? 10 min.
a. What happened?
b. What did you learn?
c. How have you applied this learning since then?
a. Does your organization welcome testing? Or punish failure?
b. How will you work to get your organization/department/team to
embrace a culture that supports innovation and experimentation.
c. Make a plan to report back, share contact info.
Failure is a great teacher. If you’re open to it, every
mistake has a lesson to offer. – Oprah Winfrey
Please share contact information with your group so you can report
Please email me if you’d like a list of resources on reframing or learning
from failure: firstname.lastname@example.org