The Wisdom of Failure: How to Learn the Tough Leadership Lessons Without Paying the Price by Laurence G. Weinzimmer and Jim McConoughey is a thorough look at how leaders have often failed to learn from the mistakes they have made, as well as how leaders can begin to explore the fertile soil of their failures for the seeds of success. The book is well-organized and accessible, thought-provoking and instructive. It promotes a healthy regard for the value of making mistakes and learning from them. No one need be afraid to try.
Listen to this conversation that we recorded for KnowledgeBlocks, in which co-author Laurence Weinzimmer discusses the thesis of and motivation behind the book, why it’s a valid exercise to examine failure, what types of resistance they met in their research, the three most common types of business mistakes and examples of each, and how these lessons for leaders extend past the bounds of business management.
Play the interview below