We need to destigmatize failure.

Everyone knows the saying of “trial and error” but somehow most overlook the “error” portion of the phrase. Too many times we try things and expect them to work, rather than going into the experiment with a mindset of learning – whether that be from success or failure. Most new things are learned from refining what doesn’t work. We need those lessons to be as valuable as the rest.

I have a paperweight on my desk that reads: “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” For many people, the answer would be to do more than they are doing now.

Don’t let the fear of “errors” keep you from the trial portion of the equation. It’s by doing that we learn and only by learning that we can do new.

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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