Tolerated failure

Johnnie Moore

I’m Johnnie Moore, and I help people work better together

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David Gurteen highlighted one of Dave Snowden‘s precepts today:

Tolerated failure imprints learning better than success.

I’ve written before that most people get this in theory in organisations but applying it in practice is harder. (See here, for example). But it struck me that when I’m doing improv performance, I get a lot of practice at tolerating failure – and in the tolerance having the chance to learn or to try something new.

I do some training and coaching with fellow facilitators, and I’d say that learning to tolerate failure, or what we label failure, is one of the most important qualities to practice. And I know I get lots of chances to practice.

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