Failure to Success in 5 Different Ways
Failures may be a part for the course in any corporate enterprise but it is the job of the manager concerned to successfully steer the team at such times. Varuni Khosla finds out five ways through with a manager can keep the spirit of the team alive and bounce back form m failure.
Treat Employees as Associates
A team is not a one-man show. It is built by people and cannot succeed if all members do not take ownership of their work. A manager should lead by example and mentor employees so that they can become partners. “As we trust employees to be responsible for their job, they begin to win the projects and be responsible for the complete execution instead of only focusing on their jobs. Even if the execution fails, we have employees introspection and coming up with ways in which they could have improved their performance, instead of blaming each other,” says Staqu Technologies CEO Atul Rai
A manager must ensure that a recovery plan is in place and there are no loopholes. Dwelling on past mistakes or playing the blame game can only bring down the morale of the employees. “This might also affect productivity. Instead, lead the team by making them learn from their mistakes and see the difference,” says Keshor Daga, managing director of Big V Telecom.
Failure: An Opportunity to Learn
Innovations are only possible in an environment where managers take charge and formulate strategies for the team to learn from mistakes and deliver a service much more efficiently than before, converting a failure into an intelligent failure. “Such managers take failure as a test of their ability to find out more ways to resolve the problem by best learning from them unlink those managers who create a perfunctory environment where mistakes only multiply,” says Varun Sinha, principal consultant at Stellar Search.
Adjust Failure Perception
“There is no tried and tested model for success. Hence, when we experienced certain hiccups, in the beginning, we had to adjust our attitude, the way we perceived failure, ” says Rai. He said at times when attempting to do something beyond the ordinary, success appears to be like a seriess of failure, and that’s;s okay, until the time the mistakes eventually lead to a breakthrough.
Identify Own Imperfections with Courage
Good managers take failure as a categorical disaster and identify their own imperfections with courage. They understand the situation where they themselves faltered in raising the morale of the team and make them believe that failure is a necessary by-product of various actions towards a goal. “They emphasize the importance of various skills in their team and shift all the focus to solving problems well in advance Such managers take a failure as a chance to move beyond organizational failures and build cohesiveness in the team,” says Sinha.
Source: Economic Times of India