Wisdom of Failure: How to Learn the Tough Leadership Lessons Without Paying the Price
There is a paradox in leadership: we can only succeed by knowing failure. Every accomplished leader knows there are minefields of failures that need to be navigated in order to succeed. Wouldn't it be great to have the insights to help you prevent from making avoidable mistakes? Unfortunately, in business talking about mistakes can be taboo, and, at a certain level, learning from failure is not an option. Weinzimmer and McConoughey speak frankly about the things that are difficult to talk about - the unvarnished truths necessary to become a successful leader.Based on a groundbreaking 7-year study of what almost 1000 managers across 21 industries really think about lessons from failuresIncludes exclusive interview material from CEOs at a wide range of organizations, including major firms such as Caterpillar, Priceline.com, and Allstate; startups; and entrepreneurial small businessesDrills down into failure to uncover the strategies that aspiring leaders need in order to avoid the most damning leadership mistakes: unbalanced orchestration, drama management, and reckless vanity
Learning from the mistakes of others is a necessary part of the journey of effective leadership, and this book offers an indispensable guide to learning these powerful lessons--without paying the price of failure.
"After reading only one of the chapter headings of "The Wisdom of Failure"--'Does This Doorframe Make My Head Look Big?'--I knew I was in for a real treat. Luckily for me, the rest of the book does not disappoint. Through their analysis of many pointed leadership examples in American business, the authors distill corporate lessons into pearls of wisdom from which all of us can learn." --Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author, "MOJO" and "What Got You Here Won't Get You There ""A definitive piece of work that makes a most compelling connection between understanding failure and experiencing success. A must-read for serious-minded leaders who want to take their businesses to higher ground in an enduring way." --Douglas R. Conant, former president, CEO, and director, Campbell Soup Company; New York Times bestselling author, "Touchpoints ""In this important new book from Weinzimmer and McConoughey, we discover how true it is, that the best leaders are the best learners. "The Wisdom of Failure" is a rare, honest look at both sides of the leadership story. Solidly researched and filled with practical examples you can apply immediately, this book should be read by leaders across the board." --Jim Kouzes, Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University; bestselling coauthor, "The Leadership Challenge""All great leaders learn from their mistakes, but mistakes are a precious and costly resource. This provocative and thoughtful book allows you to learn from others' mistakes, so you can learn without paying the price. Buy copies for everyone on your team and leverage these lessons on your journey to creating extraordinary results." --Saj-nicole Joni, confidential CEO advisor; bestselling author, "The Right Fight"""The Wisdom of Failure "is an epiphany. From the very first chapter, Weinzimmer and McConoughey shift the reader's focus beyond short term accolades and trade-offs to a horizon where a leader can fin
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