Perspectives on Failure

Photo by Tomasz Stasiuk

Photo by Tomasz Stasiuk

Over the last few weeks, I have been striving to be more mindful in my coaching--to be really present in the moment.  It is easy for me to fall into a consulting or mentoring role, and I want to further practice the coaching skills that I have been learning.  I teeter between conscious incompetence and conscious competence.  Failure is a part of learning, and like most humans, I struggle with it.  Apparently I am not the only one thinking and writing about failure; below are some articles from others on the subject:

So where does that leave me?  I considered treating my work like a science lab, full of experimentation, but that perspective didn't feel right.  It makes me over-analytical and quite critical on myself (I do not need any more of that!).  I was wishing for some kind of renewal, like morning dew on the ground--the feeling wasn't strong enough for me to sustain it to stay in the moment.  Thankfully I did find a perspective that helps me practice mindfulness, and I've been feeling better in my work.

How do you handle failure when you're learning?

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.