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Bouncing Back: Learning from Failure

Ep. 159 – Inevitably at some point we will fail, but that is part of pursuing new opportunities. The important part is that we take the time to learn from our failures so that we can grow as leaders.

As a first-time manager back in 2011 and now as a coach, trainer, and podcast host, I have experienced my fair share of failures. But I try to look for and use the challenges to learn and improve. I never would have made it this far in my career if I didn’t embrace my failures and learn from them.
In this episode of The Manager Track podcast, I’m going to share four tips that will help you prepare for, process, and ultimately turn failure into something that is a catalyst for growth. As you get accustomed to using these four tips, you may even find yourself seeking out ways to fail faster so that you can go further in your career.


  • Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca – Letter 53: On the faults of the spirit
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00:00 Preview
01:10 Introduction
06:33 Four Steps To Learn From Failures
06:50 1) To Prepare
11:45 2) To Own It
13:46 3) To Reflect
17:49 4) To Act & Grow
21:27 Recap

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