There is no success like failure

I had this mind map for quite some time. Almost twenty year ago I interviewed an entrepreneur who used something that didn’t work out as a stepping stone to success.  In the article I used my favourite Bob Dylan lines: “There is no success like failure, and failure is no success at all”. The quote expresses very neatly that there is a thin line between success and failure. All of a sudden there is a overwhelming attention in the media paid to failure. The Harvard Business Review of april is a failure issue and Wired of May headlines on the cover: Failure is good! So I thought, why not undust my mind map and publish it. What I added is checklists to prevent failures (based on the excellent book The checklist manifesto) and the mindful organisation. Mindlessness is an important factor in the occurrence of failures. A mindful orientation redirects attention from the expected to the irrelevant, from the confirming to the disconfirming, from the pleasant to the unpleasant, from the more certain to the less certain, from the explicit to the implicit, from the factual to the probable, and from the consensual to the contested (from the book Managing the Unexpected).

About Hans Buskes

I am a professional mindmapper, I help companies map their business, I am author of two mindmap books. My clients are law firms, municipalities, banks, consultancies and high-tech companies.
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One Response to There is no success like failure

  1. Tim Fulford says:

    Oh how true, we all learn from our mistakes but its just some folk who just never admit that they have made a mistake!
    I train a lot of people in aspects of health and safety; most areas covered by H&S come from realising what to do when things go wrong or fail. By realising this we can prevent things from happening again, thus learning from mistakes.
    However in child development children learn more slowly from their mistakes or errors, as parents we constantly find ourselves correcting our children’s behaviour, performance, they way in which they speak etc.. All part of the rich learning process.

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