The ‘virtually unsinkable’ that sank, the one tiny “O-ring” failure that led to tragedy, and the Olympic snowflake malfunction that embarrassed a host country.
Little thought or time is given to preparing for obstacles and failures. The builders of the Titanic did not plan to hit an iceberg causing her to buckle inward and open five compartments to the sea. The NASA engineers who designed the Challenger did not plan for one “O-ring” seal to fail at cold temperatures. And the organizers of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony did not prepare for an electrical Olympic ring malfunction.
“As long as you know where and how to look, failure can indeed be a great teacher,” noted Dr. Guy Winch in The 4 Keys to Learning From Failure. “These four guidelines are always the first place to start your search, as within them you are bound to find valuable lessons that will help you succeed in the future.”
- Reevaluate your planning
- Reevaluate your preparation
- Reevaluate your execution
- Focus on variables in your control
The important conclusion is to learn from past failures. It is crucial to prepare and test for any type of situation that could occur.