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Drawing the Line between Success and Failure

Drawing the Line between Success and Failure“Success and failure are not opposites.” This is the first tip from blogger Anya Faingersh, who encourages project managers to learn from their failures. Where do we draw the line between a successful project and a failed one? A certain amount of value from a project could be considered a win in certain situations and a complete loss in others. It’s important to remember that failure is objective; and just like success, it’s completely scalable.

She also reminds us that even professionals make mistakes. What makes someone a professional is not a lack of mistakes, but a willingness to learn from them and approach future projects from a new angle. Another mark of the successful professional is an ability to explain what went wrong, but not a reluctance to report the problems. Finally, remember to shake-up your pre-set strategy. Sometimes small changes to the plan aren’t enough, but drastic changes aren’t always necessary either. Overall, success requires a leader to step outside comfort zones. A leader who learns from mistakes is always a success.

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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