Americans are taught that failure is not an option. Heck, we’re taught that “second place is first loser.” CEO and co-founder of Blue Mountain Media Gabriel Shaoolian, writing for Open Forum, disagrees. He says that failure made him the leader he is today. Here is some of his reasoning:
Process makes perfect
I had no processes, defined roles or protocols in place. Every project was like starting from scratch. As my company grew, this caused huge problems. But this taught me how important it was to have every process in place and every role defined before embarking on a project.
Think twice before you hire
I made some terrible hires. When I was starting out, I didn’t know the right questions to ask or the right backgrounds for the positions I was filling. I was very lucky to make some great hires, but I had to let a lot of people go. Now, I don’t rely on what candidates tell me about their skills. I put them to the test. This has helped to weed out a lot of people I might have hired in the past.
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