Today I participated in a Management Excellence forum at Microsoft which covered all sorts of discussion about Management (and its link to ‘Leadership’) which in itself prompted several thoughts for upcoming entries on that part of my blog. But one of the interesting parts were a number of perspectives on ‘Rising Each Time You Fall.’ The perspectives underscore a theme of this ‘Turning Adversity to Advantage’ blog that Microsoft is a company that very much ‘gets’ the concept of embracing failure as a potentially positive force in business.
The UK Board of Directors were asked in a roundtable Q&A, “What is the best piece of management advice you ever received?” Several of the responses were fine articulations of rising each time you fall:
“A man who never made a mistake, never made anything at all.” – Chris Parker, Head of Law and Corporate Affairs
“You’re going to screw up, so get used to it.” – Terry Smith, Head of Public Sector
“Attribute success to others and failure to yourself.” – Matt Bishop, Head of Developer and Platform Evangelism (who in turn attributed the advice to outgoing UK Managing Director Alistair Baker.)
“You need to be a participant in your own rescue.” – Gordon Frazer, UK Managing Director