We’re just back from the 2019 Remodelers Excellence Week, Remodelers Summit, and Roundtables meetings, and our opening video was about thinking like a child, and allowing yourself to fail so that you can learn from what went wrong. It’s all a part of evolving as a business, as a person, and the art of growth.
Then we came across the latest video blog from our friend Wayne Rivers.
It dovetailed nicely with our main takeaways, while also turning the concept of learning from failure on its head. It’s devoted to learning from your successes, and then building on them.
So in this episode, we’re picking up the audio of his blog. If you’d like to watch the video, you can find it here.
Wayne is the co-founder and president of The Family Business Institute Inc. He has authored four books on the subject of family businesses, and is part of the peer group Victoria and Mark attend. Wayne has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, BusinessWeek: WEEKEND, and on the Retirement Living Network.
Wayne talks about how overlooked, yet powerful, success can be as a teaching tool. Instead of always concentrating on what didn’t go right, he tells you how to learn from the good, including:
- What you can learn from the Blue Angels
- Why to focus on the process more than the outcome
- Conducting a post-mortem on every project, good and bad
- Analyze for successes and failures
- Realizing that success is almost always a team effort
- Why to benchmark in every department and process
- Getting an outside perspective and objective opinion
- And more …
There are opportunities for learning and improving everywhere — you have to look for them and then build on them.