Failing Safely

  • Our recent online clinic "Failure is an Option" (June 2016) was loaded with evaluation food for thought. We intended to celebrate failure as a tool during evaluation. For the most part, this is exactly what happened. There were, however, a few brief moments where we were cautioned. Our panellist, Tamara, found an article that stated, "Be aware of the fallacy of failure. It is celebrated only when you succeed. If you continue to fail, you’re going to be– A Failure.”
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    If you don't address what you've learned from failure then you've done nothing more than failed.

    She also warned participants to know when to promote failure and when not to. A comfort level in speaking about failure is not yet universal, so, as in all things, it's important to know your audience.

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