I was a part of an interesting dialogue:
– Pawel, tell me about your last success.
– The last launch went flawlessly which means the way we chose to organize the project proved itself as pretty damn good.
– OK, and what about your last failure?
– I feel I can’t get through with ideas on improving the organization.
Now the good part isn’t really me answering these two simple questions, even though I think it is a great idea to ask your people from time to time about their successes and failures. The good part is something I caught myself at after a while.
It was our success and my failure.
And the better part – it is not just about words. It is about the way of thinking. I might have said I had chosen our methodology and probably no one would have noticed. But what you say isn’t as important as what you believe.
If you just switch words to the right ones you will achieve something important – recognition in front of execs is quite a token of motivation after all. But if you really believe in what you say you’ll achieve much more. You’ll always act as the success was an effect of collective effort, not only when you are in front of senior management. Besides, it was an effect of collective effort, wasn’t it?
So tell me, what your last success was. And how about your last failure?