Don’t Embrace Failure, Transcend It

“Fail fast, fail cheap, fail often,” has become a mantra for the digital age. Stodgy old dinosaurs may be afraid of failure, but it doesn’t bother the new breed of entrepreneurs. They can start-up, shut down and start-up again. Venture investors, for their part, are looking for just one or two big wins out of ten.

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Some Celebrate Failure. Some Even Romaniticize Failure. The Best Strategy Is to Avoid It!

The new M/I/S/C Bounce Back issue is out in newstand.This issue is packed with great articles about how companies should deal with adversity. It is one of the best issues ever.


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why do tech start ups fail?

Why do so many tech start-ups fail?  What advice do entrepreneurs need to heed?  These and other topics are covered in an interview I conducted with Ian Andes, President of 4iiii Innovations.

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The Cult of Done Manifesto

The Cult of Done Manifesto is perfect for any creative, but procrastination prone, mind. The meaning of the images is as follows:


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10 Big Reasons Why Most Innovative Products / Services Fail? How Many of Them Are Avoidable?

Why innovative new products fail? Because marketers believe they know the industry, the product market and the customers and their needs. And after going through cycles of input gathering, any original innovative ideas were ultimately turned into something a lot like their existing products with minor improvisation. Sounds familiar?

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Best Books of the Year 2011

It has been a spectacular year for books about mistakes and learning from them. Here’s the list of must-haves:

1. Brilliant Mistakes, Paul Schoemaker. Five years after publishing a terrific HBR article on the subject, Schoemaker celebrates mistakes as, in Joyce’s words, “portals of discovery,” a way of navigating through a largely unpredictable world.

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On Anxiety

This weekend I spent a bit of time with Andrew Zuckerman's work and (courtesy of Maria Popova) listened to this talk he gave at this year's 99% conference which contains a series of fantastic insights into his view on the creative process, wonderfully illustrated by soundbites from his work, most notably the Wisdom and Music projects.

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Inspired to Fail — Part 3 of 3

This is the last post in a mini-series about the F wordfailure, that is.

(Previous posts relayed insights about managing yourself through awareness and assessment and managing others with clear expectations and empathy.)

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Inspired to Fail - Part 2 of 3

It might seem ironic that the venerable Harvard Business Review, a publication from an institution that has produced many successful leaders, would devote an entire issue to failure as it did last month. But given how much research and work has been done on the subject, it turned out to be one of the best issues of the journal I’ve read in a long time.

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Inspired to Fail — Part 1 of 3

As an uber-competitive overachiever, I’ve always had trouble with failure. (Just ask my husband who refuses to play board games with me so he doesn’t have to deal with my inevitable sore loser attitude!)


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