Just read an interesting article about letting kids fail. (Aside: In typical American style, its title almost explains the main point of the author. No effort needed there.) Why is this entire idea of the necessity of effort being lost among the young adults I deal with?
The entire focus these days is on results, on outcome. We too talk that language in the corporate world. But we must not talk that language when we bring up youngsters, be they kids or young software engineers straight out of college. As one can well guess, the focus on outcome discourages people because failure some of the time is inevitable, and a focus on outcome does not teach us to cope with these failures.
I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.Edison
Focusing on outcomes as a corporate strategy helps us all be result-oriented. The trick is to dissociate the process from the outcome. The outcome to be rewarded may well be the successes. The process to reach that success must almost inevitably include failures. Needless to say, this sounds pseudo-philosophical because it contains an apparent paradox. You can’t ask me to feel good about failures if you want me to reward or celebrate success. / continue reading