When Wendy and I were carefully considering our next book club topic, we decided to focus on the concept of failure. We partner with many organizations that view failure as the bad “F” word. It evokes feelings of shame and an inability to recover, suggesting that success can never be achieved after failure.

So, this got us thinking, and we began to reflect on our experiences with “Failure” and found that when we experienced it, there was tremendous learning and growth afterward. How we lead through our own and others’ failures can build a healthy culture that takes calculated risks or a risk-averse organization that stagnates, doesn’t encourage individual and team development, and may struggle to fulfill its mission.

On March 28th, I am going to participate in a global phenomenon called F*ck Up Night, which celebrates failure and how it shapes future success. This opportunity is an incredibly vulnerable moment to speak about my mistakes to an unknown audience. I am presenting with other amazing individuals to start changing the narrative of how we think about failure. I am leaning into my own development which led me to Wendy and Nonprofit Sidekick. Click here if you’d like to learn more or attend!

This reflection will also help me shape the discussion for our book club, which starts on Friday, April 5th, at 9 AM.

Now, let’s talk about the book!

Amy Edmondson captures the complexity of the “F” word and how to diagnose it, coach it, and grow properly. She provides a framework for thinking, discussing, and practicing failure wisely. She shares the three archetypes of failure: basic, complex, and intelligent.

As leaders and coaches, we need to understand the three types, learn how our organizations must embrace human fallibility, precisely know when failure is our friend, and prevent most of it when it is not.

Please join us to celebrate your journey in leadership and how we can all help others and our organizations leverage failure for growth and innovation. Sign up for the book club in our online community! If you’re not a member, join our community today to enjoy our 14-day FREE trial period.