Redefining Failure: 4 Steps to Failing Forward

Fear of failure is often the toughest hurdle to jump in leadership. In this episode, John Maxwell, Mark Cole, and Richard Chancy flip the idea of failure on its head.

Rather than allowing failure to slow down progress or even prevent us from starting in the first place, leaders can use the power of failure to “fail forward.” In this episode, you’ll learn four steps to fail forward.

Failure, as Richard points out, is the first step in starting a business. It’s the first step is starting most things. The people you lead are counting on your ability to turn failure into resilience, and it’s a requirement for your growth as a leader.

Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Redefining Failure Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by clicking “Download the Bonus Resource” below.

6 thoughts on “Redefining Failure: 4 Steps to Failing Forward”

  1. This was a homerun.
    I think the secret to waking up the leader within you is found here in the closing comments.
    Its like how do you step out of the closet where you’ve been hiding from the boogie man.
    I can’t count the times that I’ve given The finish away during a difficult moment and later trying to figure out why I’m in a tussle with that person to yet be the lead car of the train.
    Not realizing that I gave the finishing away I gave my leadership away and all that comes with it.

  2. I read Failing Forward when it first came out and I have reread it so many times that the corners of the book are beginning to wear. After reading it the first time it felt like a big weight was lifted from my shoulders because I know understand failure. When I was in teacher’s college one of our assignments was developing a personal philosophy of education. One of the things I put in my philosophy was understanding failure and leadership. My professor was so impressed that he surprised me and asked me to read it aloud to my class. By the time I was done, I had many of my classmates coming up to me congratulating me and asking for a copy and I also mentioned Failing Forward to them as well. The book was life changing.

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