November 8, 2012

News & Opinion: A Conversation with Laurence Weinzimmer, The Wisdom of Failure

By: Sally Haldorson @ 7:02 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Wisdom of Failure: How to Learn the Tough Leadership Lessons Without Paying the Price by Laurence G. Weinzimmer and Jim McConoughey is a thorough look at how leaders have often failed to learn from the mistakes they have made, as well as how leaders can begin to explore the fertile soil of their failures for the seeds of success. The book is well-organized and accessible, thought-provoking and instructive. It promotes a healthy regard for the value of making mistakes and learning from them. No one need be afraid to try.

Listen to this conversation that we recorded for KnowledgeBlocks, in which co-author Laurence Weinzimmer discusses the thesis of and motivation behind the book, why it's a valid exercise to examine failure, what types of resistance they met in their research, the three most common types of business mistakes and examples of each, and how these lessons for leaders extend past the bounds of business management. Play the interview below [audio:|titles=An Interview With LaurenceWeinzimmer]

About Sally Haldorson

Sally Haldorson's job as 800-CEO-READ’s General Manager is to make 800-CEO-READ a great place to work for our employees, and a consistently high-performing customer service organization for our clients, authors, and our partners in the publishing industry. In addition to her General Manager duties ensuring collaboration, integration, and quality, she reads, writes, reviews, curates, and edits for the company. Helping craft The 100 Best Business Books of All Time used parts of both skill sets. Outside of work, she is most likely to be found hitting a tennis ball around or hanging out with her boys (husband, child, dog) at home.