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Learn Innovate Build Resilience


Let's Work Together
Fail Forward offers a suite of options to help you and your
organization learn, innovate, and build resilience. We are always available to chat and figure out what works for you.

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Learn Innovate Build Resilience


Let's Work Together
Fail Forward offers a suite of options to help you and your
organization learn, innovate, and build resilience. We are always available to chat and figure out what works for you.

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Training


Training
You'll be amazed at the difference two hours can make.

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Training


Training
You'll be amazed at the difference two hours can make.

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Sharing Failures for Learning Workshop
1-2 HOURS

Start the conversation. Participants engage in interactive activities to strengthen their ability to tell and listen to failure stories; create an environment that enables sharing; and explore how to apply these skills to reframe failures as opportunities.


Intelligent Failure Training
Half Day

Dive in and explore a deeper understanding of what Intelligent Failure means in your unique context. Through hands-on, interactive activities, participants engage with peers to foster ideas for dealing with failure productively in ways that align with organizational needs and resources. With tangible skills, insights, and actions, participants walk away ready to help organizations fail better.


Intelligent Failure Training
3 Half Days

Commit to a shift in organizational culture. To begin, we must start a conversation to expand perceptions of failure, and to arrive at a common language for discussing failure more productively within your unique context. Next, we build essential skills, focusing on the core competencies needed for Intelligent Failure. Finally, we truly build culture change: developing tools and processes that are embedded in existing organizational structures in order to formalize the practice of Intelligent Failure and make it tangible.


TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Interested in becoming an accredited Fail Forward facilitator? Our train-the-trainer program focuses on the foundations of failing intelligently, providing our trainers with the knowledge and skills they need to deliver Fail Forward content in a variety of contexts. Our customized program comes with robust facilitation guides, resource materials, and personalized support and feedback. Once accredited, trainers are invited to join the global community of Fail Forward facilitators to continue their learning. 


After the Fail Forward workshop things changed. There was a big failure that week and when it came up the discussion focused on what was learned instead of gripes and complaints.

—  Coonoor Behal, Deloitte GovLab

 
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Event Design


Event Design

Excited by the prospect of a fail fest?

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Event Design


Event Design

Excited by the prospect of a fail fest?

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Failure events are a great opportunity to acknowledge the complexity of today’s challenges, and that we cannot have all the answers. Fail Forward can offer support developing event content, bringing in additional experts, and facilitating skill building sessions - all building toward a culture of dealing with failure productively for the host organization or community you convene.


I have found the concept of failure being a learning tool, rather than an end point in a process, to be immensely helpful.

— Abby Slater, Social Venture Partners

 
 
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Coaching


Coaching
Let’s have an initial chat – no commitments necessary.

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Coaching


Coaching
Let’s have an initial chat – no commitments necessary.

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Speaker and Author Coaching

Sharing failure stories provides an opportunity for your organization to highlight the leaders who had the courage to try – and what they learned when they did.  Fail Forward ensures your speakers and authors excel at sharing their stories, and in doing so, become role models to spread the practice of sharing failures openly and honestly, maximizing learning and supporting the organization to grow stronger, wiser and more adaptable.


Leader Coaching

Culture change happens from within. For organizations seeking increased innovation, smart risk taking, improved learning and resilience, Fail Forward coaching helps leaders to take action, create the conditions for an innovative learning culture, and to navigate and overcome the barriers to making this shift.


postmortems

Maximize what can be learned from a recent or significant failure with skillful facilitation. Depending on your context, this might look like an after action review, a blameless postmortem, or even the publication of a failure report. Fail Forward will work with you to reframe the failure, offering how we see it: as courageous; rich in wisdom and experience.


Learning from failures is now part of our competency framework and more importantly, our HR director publicly shared a failure on our internal blog… We’ve made progress, at least it is no longer taboo to talk about failures, which in itself is a huge achievement.

— Roxanna Samii, UN International Fund for Agricultural Development 

 
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Failure Reports


Failure Reports
Document failures to promote risk-taking, creativity and
continuous learning required for innovation.
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Failure Reports


Failure Reports
Document failures to promote risk-taking, creativity and
continuous learning required for innovation.
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A smart risk with great reward

Failure is not just inevitable -- it's useful in the pursuit of agility and performance. In practice, however, we tend to avoid it. Failures that occur in the pursuit of innovation and improvement are acceptable, praiseworthy failures, which we need to distinguish from those caused by low skill or negligence. A Failure Report does this, genuinely turning the concept of performance on its head: you aren't under-performing if you fail; you're under-performing if you don't admit failure and share your learning.

Publishing a Failure Report shifts the way people see your organization - from both the inside and the outside.
Check out the Failure Reports of these innovative organizations:


My perception of failure has grown in dimension since the concept of the failure report. I think I always saw it as an opportunity, but had never articulated it as such before. Now I think of the diverse possibilities that each instance of failure offers.

— Alden Hadwen, Aimia

 
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Speaking


Speaking

Let's work together to inspire an audience to reconsider
their relationship to failure.

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Speaking


Speaking

Let's work together to inspire an audience to reconsider
their relationship to failure.

Book Now

 

The status quo is built on talking about successes. When we openly acknowledge our failures, we put ourselves at risk of being blamed and punished - and this intolerance to failure drives our learning underground. In order to make learning and adapting possible, we need to build a safe space to discuss failures openly and maximize the learning we gain from them. Fail Forward gets the conversation started by asking the audience to flip failure on its head and celebrate that we are challenging ourselves and learning.

 
 

 
 

Check out more of our speaking engagements on our YouTube channel.

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Clients


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Quote: Failure Is Shame


When I asked participants how they felt after Fail Forward's session, most said they never thought of failure after it happened before. They'd never revisited a failure; failure is shame. They didn't come back to why or how they might improve from it, thinking there was nothing to learn. Fail Forward helped them realize rethinking failure was very important.

— Hiroshi Amemiya, Japan Forum for Business and Society

Quote: Failure Is Shame


When I asked participants how they felt after Fail Forward's session, most said they never thought of failure after it happened before. They'd never revisited a failure; failure is shame. They didn't come back to why or how they might improve from it, thinking there was nothing to learn. Fail Forward helped them realize rethinking failure was very important.

— Hiroshi Amemiya, Japan Forum for Business and Society