Let’s talk honestly about failure



“It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness; that is life.” (Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek).


Despite the current uncertain climate, there isn’t enough openness about mistakes and failure in legal. We all probably fail sometimes, so it’s important openly to acknowledge and become comfortable with it.

What does failure look like, what is an acceptable failure and how do you deal with failure?

General Counsel and their teams are likely working 200% more than usual and are expected to know everything about the business and the world it operates in, despite the uncertainty. Mistakes are bound to happen.

We learn more from our failures than from our successes. How do we get comfortable with openly acknowledging mistakes and failure? How do we create space for failure and encourage creativity?