On this episode of the Radical Candor podcast, Kim and Amy welcome Amy C. Edmondson, the Novartis professor of leadership and management at the Harvard Business School and author of several books, including The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth and Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well — available now! From managers seeking to inspire their reports to parents wanting to model a healthy failure mindset for their kids, this book will revolutionize how we think about failure.
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Radical Candor Podcast Episode At a Glance: Amy Edmondson On the Science of Failing Well
The world is growing ever more complex in ways both global and personal. From climate change to the economy, from parenting to choosing a career, life is fraught with complicated challenges. For these issues and many others, navigating failure with aplomb is essential.
But when it comes to a problem-solving mindset, we’re often torn between two failure cultures, says Dr. Amy Edmondson of Harvard Business School. One says “Failure is not an option” and must be avoided at all costs. Another advises “Fail fast, break things” as the path to achievement. They’re each memorable slogans, but neither leads to long-term success.
Both of these mindsets lack crucial distinctions to help us separate good failure from bad failure. As a result, we miss the opportunity to fail well.
“It’s not easy or obvious to know how to fail well,” says Edmondson. “But with so many critical and complex issues facing us personally, in business, and in the world at large, we must learn to frame failure differently: as a source of information, as a part of our personal development, and as an experience shared by everyone.”
Radical Candor Podcast Resources: Amy Edmondson On the Science of Failing Well
- Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well: Edmondson, Amy C.: 9781982195069: Amazon.com
- Right Kind of Wrong | Book by Amy C. Edmondson | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster
- Follow these 4 steps to create psychological safety in your teams
- Amy Edmondson
- LinkedIn Learning Course
- Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well
- Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well | Library Journal
- Amy Edmondson – The Science of Intelligent Failure – Nordic Business Forum
- Strategies for Learning from Failure
- Why Learning to Fail Well Can Help Us To Thrive – Thinkers50
- Why you may learn less from failure than success | University of Chicago News
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