founder of naked leader
To succeed…fail better
What I love about The Formula for Guaranteed Success (FGS) is how similar it is to Alice in Wonderland’s Rabbit Hole in the Lewis Carrol stories.Many organisations, such as Ford, Phoenix and Veolia, have made it their own, and every time I cover it in an event/workshop, there is a new or different angle, and this happened to me big time recently in Baltimore.
On the ‘Do It!’ part of the FGS, Manjit Dale, Founding Partner of TDR Capital, was sharing the story of his son, Arjun, learning to walk. I love this part – we all learn how much more children know about belief, persistence and #nevergiveup than we mere adults, and also the way a mum or dad (uncle or aunt etc.) always tells their story with such a mix of emotion, personal experience and drama!
Manjit was relating how Arjun crawled, pulled himself up on furniture, let go and fell over. Then he said the following:
“So, he lay there for a few seconds, then pulled himself up again, made adjustments and tried to walk again.”
In 13 years of hearing hundreds of parents relate this story, I don’t ever remember anyone using such a logical, factual, pure word to describe it. Arjun, 14 months old, never having read a leadership book, attended any conferences or watched the ‘How to Walk’ video on YouTube – “made adjustments.”
Of course he did!
He didn’t just do something different, he subconsciously knew, learned and remembered what he did, or at least thought he did, that caused him to fall over, and he made adjustments, or even an adjustment, to ensure the same mistake didn’t happen again, so he could move closer to his outcome.
And this is what we can each do in all of our lives, in our teams, on our projects and in our organisations.
Next time you ‘fall over’, pause for a few moments and consider, ponder and reflect – what caused you to ‘fall’ or ‘fail’? And then, as you have another go, make adjustments, so that you move closer to your outcome by ‘failing better’ each time.
With my thanks to Arjun and of course to daddy
And my love and best wishes to you all
Please share your ‘adjustments’ in the comments