Leaders need to remember success or failure is not forever. Ken Blanchard said, “Success is not forever and failure isn’t fatal.” Since this is the case it would be wise for leaders to get past success or failure quickly so they can keep moving forward. What can happen though is when a success or failure does happen to a leader, they allow it to hold them back from moving forward.
Don Shula had a twenty-four hour rule when he coached the Miami Dolphins. “He allowed himself, his coaches, and his players a maximum of twenty-four hours after a football game to celebrate a victory or bemoan a defeat. During that time, they were encouraged to experience the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat as deeply as possible. Once the twenty-four hour deadline had passed, they put it behind them and focused their energies on preparing for the next opponent.”
The key to moving forward after a success or failure is to evaluate, learn, make adjustments, and then move forward. Let’s look into each of these areas:
Evaluate- A leader should take time to reflect and evaluate the reason for the success or failure. Looking at what went well and what could have gone better. A leader should do a self-evaluation and then evaluate the other people involved
Learn- What can happen during a success or failure is that people are either overly celebrating or trying to pass the blame, but the goal should be to learn from what has happened. If a leader can learn from what has happened then both the leader and organization will be able to better be prepared for the future.
Make adjustments- After a leader has evaluated and learned from what has happened they should make the necessary adjustments.
Move forward- After the above three things have been done the leader should then lead the people forward.
Question: How do you move forward after a success or failure?