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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 Weinzimmer’s and McConoughey’s book does not disappoint. Through their analysis of many pointed leadership examples in American Business, the authors distil corporate lessons into pearls of wisdom from which all of us can learn.
-- Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers 50 Award Winner (Sponsored by Harvard Business Review) for Most Influential Leadership Thinker in the World
The Wisdom of Failure is an open look into the other half of the story – how can we know success if we don’t understand failure? These fresh voices on the leadership stage show us by looking honestly at failure, we can better purposefully and successfully navigate around it. An essential read for any current or aspiring leader.
-- Jack Stack, CEO of SRC Holdings, Developer of Open Book Management, and Bestselling Author including The Great Game of Business
The importance of understanding failure’s lessons cannot be overstated in today’s fast-‐moving business environment, and The Wisdom of Failure offers a smart research-‐based guide to navigating these tough leadership lessons. You’ll be engaged from the very first page.
-- Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School, Author, Teaming: How organizations learn, innovate and compete in the knowledge economy (Jossey-‐Bass, 2012)
Never before has learning from failure been more important – to innovation, to learning, to strategy under uncertainty and to the development of the next generation of leaders. Ironically, however, in many organizations the attitude towards failure virtually guarantees not only that people won’t learn its valuable lessons but that they will also suffer the brunt of its downsides. This well-researched and accessible book is a timely summary of how failure can be useful, even essential, and serves as a welcome reminder of the importance of ‘failing forward.
-- Rita Gunter McGrath, Strategy and Innovation Advisor, Columbia Business School Professor, and Co-Author of Discovery-Driven Growth
Leaders become great only when they have overcome adversity. We learn how to grow from our setbacks. Weinzimmer and McConoughey have created a simple framework and practical methodology to develop an organizational culture that encourages productive innovation. The Wisdom of Failure provides us with the research, case studies and tools to transform our failures into our biggest successes.
-- Jeff DeGraff, Professor, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business Author of Innovation You, Leading Innovation and Creativity at Work
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 of Campbell Soup Company New York Times Best Selling Author of "Touchpoints"
The bottom line of leadership is that it requires real guts and risk to win. Today, leaders are required to win big, win fast, and win global. Anything less than success is rejected. All great leaders learn from their mistakes, but mistakes are a precious and costly resource. It’s doubly wasteful to lose time, money and reputation on mistakes we already know about and understand. This provocative and thoughtful book is all about allowing you to learn from other’s mistakes – so that you can literally learn without paying the price. If you want to win, buy copies for everyone on your team, and leverage these lessons on your journey to creating extraordinary results.
-- Saj-Nicole Joni, Confidential CEO advisor and bestselling author of "The Right Fight: How Great Leaders Use Healthy Conflict to Drive Performance, Innovation, and Value"
The Wisdom of Failure allows the reader to benefit from the inevitable growth that comes from failure without having to experience it first hand. An invaluable read for anyone striving to move themselves and their business forward.
-- Dan Schawbel, Founder of Millennial Branding, Author of Me 2.0
Having worked with hundreds of emerging companies, I have seen failure in all flavors! Finally we have,in one very well written book, the lessons learned from such experiences. The Wisdom of Failure is an instant business classic destined for the tablets and shelves of our innovation economy’s leaders.
-- Larry Weber, Chairman & CEO, W2 Group
The Wisdom of Failure is an epiphany. From 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 find true success and accomplishment. In their well-‐researched book, the authors give leaders the tough love they need to learn from their mistakes before their mistakes become costly. A must-‐read for aspiring, new, and seasoned leaders.
-- Jennifer Robin, Research Fellow for the Great Place to Work Institute and Author of The Great Workplace: How to Build It, How to Keep It, and Why it Matters
In this important new book from Larry Weinzimmer and Jim 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, leaders across the board should read this book.
-- Jim Kouzes, Co-author of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge and Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
At NPLI, we embrace failure – because we know that every truly great leader has experienced it and (more important) learned from it. We see how organizations that support “smart” failure are measurably more innovative, adaptable, resilient, and profitable. It’s all well-‐documented in the compelling new book, The Wisdom of Failure. The authors have distilled the key factors that are most likely to push every one of us off track. Then they outline the concrete practices that leaders, teams, and entire organizations can start using to navigate around and beyond those hazards. We work with leaders every day, and can attest to one thing: If you aren’t pushing yourself to the point where failure is a possibility, you are not coming close to your potential as a leader. But in today’s times, where acceleration is the new normal, you’ll need this book as your guide.
-- Eric McNulty, Harvard School of Public Health, National Leadership Preparedness Initiative Co-author of You're It! Lessons from Crisis Meta-leadership