Productive failures are gateways for productive successes.
Productive failures are those where we know that we are doing right, but need to take to lessons in application for achieving productive successes.
In this competitive world, every individual and every organization intends a lot to achieve success. In search of this, the person or organization, needs to learn lot of new things. This learning will be effective when it involves innovation, experimentation, analysis, observation, willingness etc. The occurrence of failures is inevitable in this context. These failures give empirical evidence of what they can do next time. There are many examples of such productive failures that made individuals or organizations smarter.
The organizations can adopt agile practices in their functioning with the help of productive failures. So, even a failure can be productive, when we take it as a ground work for productive success.
“Even failures can be productive” mean that though a failure occurs, if we make use of it, we can gain, something from it. Productive failures can lead to productive successes. Now we need to know the differences between a productive success and an unproductive success.
An unproductive success is one when something goes well, but nobody knows how or why. Where as a productive success is that for which people know answers for how or why.
Many organizations like Proctor and gamble, Xerox, Citicorp etc were got leadership. These organizations which stand as examples for making the failures as productive, now teaching lessons to many organizations. Organizations learning have become more critical as companies face environment of global competition and increasing rate of change. In such environment, there is a greater uncertainty and instability. In this scenario, even the best companies do not get everything right for the first time. Hence failures are very natural for any company. The efficiency of the company lies in how best the company is grabbing an opportunity to find something even from a failure that had occurred.
The smart organizations can benefit in long run by productive failures in extracting ways to reach out to customers, suppliers, leaders of other industries, government policy makers and others who can provide information and insights about changing the world.
Many organizations or individual persons are generally feel scarce of a failure. Also, the managements of many organizations cannot easily digest the organizational failures. This is the reason why, they do not want to accept for the fear of failure. But success starts with making changes that may be the matter of an organization or an individual.
We are living in an environment where not only the success happen quickly, but also the failure can happen even much quicker.
Organizations must get motivation to take the failures as challenges and must prove themselves to convert these failures as productive, which lead to successes in the future.
Some great said their opinions about making the failures as productive. Some of these are as follows: * You cannot measure a man by his failures. You must know what use he makes of them. What did they mean to him. What did he get out of them? -Orison Swett Marden (1850 – 1924)
* To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all. -Peter McWilliams
* Don’t be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid. -John Keats (1795 – 1821)
* Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t as all. You can be discouraged by failure – or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember, that’s where you will find success. -Thomas J. Watson
* Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
-James Joyce (1882 – 1941)
People dislike the use of words like “fail” or “failure”. It is better to call it as “poor result”. A failure can always acknowledge that there is a problem that need to be solved Tips to make the failures as productive
1. Fail FAST!
2. Learn from it.
3. Don’t do it the same way again.
A failure can be changed as success by making it as productive. This can be done if we think positively and motivate our self by identifying the problem, whenever a failure occurs. With this identification, half of the problem is solved, leading to success. References:
1. Newspapers: The Hindu
2. Internet : www.agileforall.com