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Is there such a thing as "successful failure?" The Wall Street Journa's Jonah Lehrer seems to think so, citing scientific data from a Michigan State University study as
his rationale. According to prominent psychologists, people with a "growth" mindset are more apt to learn from mistakes than people with a "fixed" view of intelligence and success. Essentially, those who believe they are too smart to fail are the ones who cannot improve upon their failures.
Lehrer notes that failure, while often difficult to swallow, is essential for improvement. "Failure is never fun," Lehrer writes, "but success requires that we learn to fight through our frustration and find the upside of error."
Looking through the lens of collaborative problem solving, failure itself is not noteworthy; rather, learning from mistakes provides the necessary wisdom for critical decision-making. So, why not learn from the mistakes of others to fine-tune an idea or approach?
For leaders who aren't afraid to fail, InCommons acts as a wellspring of connectivity by using technology, gatherings and storytelling to share experiences (including failures) with like-minded individuals.
Whether you're advancing a creative idea or trying to establish consensus amid diverging opinions, perhaps someone else in Minnesota has already blazed a similar trail. We encourage you to take a moment and explore our library of contributions as inspiration of virtuous failure and perseverance.
Together, we can all learn to "fail better."