Celebrating Failure

The Power of Taking Risks, Making Mistakes, and Thinking Big

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“Fear of failure is perhaps the worst affliction a manager can have because it leads to creative paralysis and inhibited growth. And the fear is understandable. Despite all the clichés coming from higher management such as, ‘We reward mistakes,’ and ‘If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not trying hard enough,’ most managers know that mistakes are more often punished than rewarded. Into this cultural reality now comes Ralph Heath’s reassuring words about failure not only as teacher but as a power that leads to greater success. I highly recommend this helpful book.”  —James A. Autry, author of The Servant Leader
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Book Details

Pages

192 Pages

Size

5.25 x 8.25

Format

Trade Paperback

Pub. Date

07/15/2009

ISBN

978-1-60163-064-3

Publisher

Red Wheel Weiser

Authors

Celebrating Failure is the definitive how-to manual for leaders seeking to embrace the power of failure as a learning tool to improve their organizations and achieve ever-greater goals. The business world (and, lately, the political arena) is convinced that the number one topic is change. Heath posits that it might well be failure, because if you do it right, failure can become a launching pad for change.

Heath contends that “positive failures” are not only necessary steps on the path to success, but encourage greater freedom to take risks in pursuit of one's life goals. This counter-intuitive but powerful title includes:

  • Engaging stories of real-life business and personal failure experiences.
  • Practical steps to apply each chapter's “lessons” and change your approach to risk-taking and failure.
  • Positive, effective ways to eliminate the “fear of failure” that can hold you back in today's competitive, fast-changing world.

Heath's insightful stories lay out his own failures and reveal his human side as a son, father, athlete, and business leader.

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“Fear of failure is perhaps the worst affliction a manager can have because it leads to creative paralysis and inhibited growth. And the fear is understandable. Despite all the clichés coming from higher management such as, ‘We reward mistakes,’ and ‘If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not trying hard enough,’ most managers know that mistakes are more often punished than rewarded. Into this cultural reality now comes Ralph Heath’s reassuring words about failure not only as teacher but as a power that leads to greater success. I highly recommend this helpful book.”  —James A. Autry, author of The Servant Leader
James A. Autry
“People from every walk of life can learn something from Ralph Heath’s Celebrating Failure. Heath’s book tells us how even the toughest failures can, in the end, fuel tremendous success. Encouraging originality, responding to changes, and thinking big are just some of the approaches Heath advocates to help people to learn from failure and achieve their dreams.”  —U.S. Senator Russ Feingold
U.S. Senator Russ Feingold
“There is no better way to learn than by experience. Celebrating Failure shows how we can learn from our ‘so-called failures’ to build a path to success. Ralph has found a fresh approach that will reduce the fear of failure and increase your confidence. I highly recommend this book for any sales professional.”  —Jeff Thull, author of Mastering the Complex Sale and Exceptional Selling
Jeff Thull
“Ralph Heath shows how and why you can’t go far with a small idea. He and the firm he built personify the power of taking risks and thinking big, built on the philosophy that the more mistakes you’re willing to make, the faster you learn, the better you get.” —Tim Williams, Founder of Ignition Consulting Group and author of Take a Stand for Your Brand
Tim Williams
“Forget the fear, the embarrassment, and the guilt typically associated with failure and see how it can be your greatest tool in achieving success.”  —Terry Gillette, founder and former president of The Company Store
 
Terry Gillette
“Given the pace of change in today’s business environment, developing a culture of intelligent risk taking is no longer an option. It is merely the ‘ante’ to keep pace with changes in your industry, your competition and your customers. The practical approaches outlined in Celebrating Failure can help you develop a healthy environment of risk taking that is essential today and into the future.”  —Gregg Billmeyer, Senior Director, Staff Operations, Office of the President and CEO, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
 
Gregg Billmeyer
“Most of us focus on avoiding failure, so we take as few chances as possible. But for Ralph, failure is always a genuine option. Which is probably why he created such an interesting and successful company. Ralph’s book will help every professional who most probably spends his or her life focused on avoiding failure finally embrace it and become more successful by doing so.”  —Robb High, Business Development Consultant to the Agency Industry, Former COO of Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners
Robb High