The question, “What do I do if someone fails?” is totally delusional. Because everybody fails.

Failure is not “if,” but “when.”

Out of failure comes learning, growth and the next iteration.

What if, instead of pretending failure won’t happen, we learn to fail well by:

  • treating failure with the reverence it deserves,
  • acting with kindness when we fail and when others fail, and
  • celebrating who we become next after a fail.

Don’t deny failure, embrace it. Take the sting out of it by facing the reality that failure will and MUST happen.

Treat failure like the normal, wonderful, human ignition process it is.

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J. Kay Coughlin is the CEO of Facilitator on Fire, an Ohio-based consulting firm that helps businesses build great intergenerational teams who can break through the barriers holding them back. She also has a strong passion for coaching leaders who find themselves overwhelmed by the burden of being a caregiver.

Kay’s Great Teams on Purpose Mastermind helps leaders and managers overcome resistance and achieve results (more info here). The skill she teaches in her public speaking, “How to be Heard in a Noisy Business World,” is part of the formula she created to help teams become abundantly successful, together.


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