Every day, we see more and more individuals and organizations stepping forward and leading a productive failure conversation. Notice something missing from our list? Let us know!


Argyris, Chris (1991). Teaching Smart People How to Learn

Brown, Tim (2009). Change By Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation

Cannon, Mark D. and Edmondson, Amy C. (2005). Failing to Learn and Learning to Fail (Intelligently): How Great Organizations Put Failure to Work to Innovate and Improve. Long Range Planning, Vol.38(3), pp. 299-319

Danner, John and Coopersmith, Mark (2015). The Other "F" Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work

Darling, Marilyn, Charles Parry & Joseph Moore (2005). Learning in the Thick of It

Duhigg, Charles (2016). What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

Edmondson, Amy C. (2011). Strategies for Learning from Failure

Farson, Richard & Ralph Keyes (2002). Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins: The Paradox of Innovation

Freakonomics Radio (2014). Failure Is Your Friend

Gladwell, Malcolm (2013). The Gift of Doubt

Kotter, John (2012). Accelerate

Lewis, Sarah (2014). The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery

Li, Charlie (2011). The Art of Admitting Failure

Martin, Claire (2014). Wearing Your Failures on Your Sleeve

McGrath, Rita (2011). Failing by Design

McRaney, David (2013). Survivorship Bias

Senge, Peter (2006). The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization

Starbuck, William H. and Baumard, Philippe (2005). Learning from Failures: Why it May Not Happen. Long Range Planning, Vol. 38(3), pp. 281-298

Tavris, Carol & Elliot Aronson (2008). Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts

Westley, F., Zimmerman, B. & Patton, M.Q. (2006). Getting To Maybe