Imagine you are at a conference, and you don’t see the typical, perfectly presented people standing on the stage, sharing successes, but instead, you are at the failure conference.
The people on the stage are talking about the biggest obstacles and challenges they’ve experienced and how they overcame them. You think to yourself, “They’re not that different from me.”
What if it were part of every conference. Of every team meeting. Or, what about every one-on-one conversation about things that matter?
What? No. Wouldn’t that be negative?
I’d like to argue, it’s quite the opposite. It’s real. It’s authentic. And it’s human. It’s actually the more “real” conversation you may have all day.
… people shared their biggest challenges and struggles that they were experiencing, the progress that they’re making, as opposed to the outcomes, and you sit there wondering, “I don’t think we’ll ever have the budget. I don’t think I’ll ever have the support to get so far down the line, and frankly, I don’t know where to start.”
When we attend a conference, we are excited about the things we’re going to learn. We are ready to be inspired. But in my experience, what I find is people leave those conferences feeling inspired, but also overwhelmed. “I’ve so much to do. There are so many great ideas.” What if, you see people in progress of their success, and not necessarily at the end?
I encourage you to have authentic conversations, whether it’s at your team meetings, planning content on your conference agenda or at your next leadership meeting including about what needs to be improved. Perhaps it’s the people you choose to share on a panel, not just their successes, but also dig into their failures, their struggles, their challenges, because this is how we authentically, meaningfully connect.
People are more likely to be in action when they can see the steps along the way than when they see the final destination. I embrace you to not necessarily paint a picture-perfect, idealistic world, but to dig into the struggles that we have in our lives and our careers, not because we’re negative, not because we’re defeatists, but because, in fact, this is how we truly serve people to be at their best.
I have a great new book out, Flip Side of Failing. It’s a resource to help you see how, if we look at failure as our success, it flips the very notion that we have on its head.
Many of you have conferences, leadership meetings, and team meetings where your failures are actually considered to be learning opportunities to dive into, to learn from, to make your business, your team and your relationships stronger. If you embrace and recognize failure, now you can embrace the flip side of failure, and that is your Greatness Magnified.