Trying to answer the question of “why an organization or an individual failed?” generally creates some great dialogue. It forces individuals to ask deeper questions and generally prompts individuals to start pointing blame.
Over the years in working with many organizations, individuals, political candidates, teams etc., I have found some pretty common and simple themes as to what contributes to failure.
5 Reasons Businesses, Organizations & People Fail
- 1. Lack Identity- They don’t know who they are or who they want to be. They are defined by the latest, greatest, newest trend and this is a cyclical process. A person or organization without an identity or clear values to shape their identity is destined to fail.
- 2. Copy Cat- This is similar to #1; however the heart behind this one is to be like “so and so.” It’s important to copy what’s burning deep inside you, not what’s burning inside of someone else. If your only desire is to mimic someone else and not bring anything new, fresh or different to the table, you are destined to fail.
- 3. Don’t Solicit Proper Feedback- It’s important for individuals and organizations to have the proper people speaking into their plan and their life. This helps to bring clarity to their identity and encourages individuals and organizations to be true to their unique calling. Additionally, wise counsel can provide critical input that may alleviate some of the failure contributors altogether. If you want to know if something is a good idea, ask those closest to you. Not only those closest to you, but rather those closest to you that will shoot you 100% straight. (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) Without Good, Godly and Golden counsel, you are destined to fail.
- 4. Me Syndrome- If it’s all about you or your organization, you can almost guarantee it’s gonna be all about you, in your own little failure corner of your own little failure world. Failure island is a lonely place to be for selfish people. If it’s all about me-me-me, you are destined to fail.
- 5. Premature Quitter- I am a firm believer that there is definitely a time to call it quits. The good wise counsel in #3 can be the group that help you ascertain, when it’s time to quit. I think it’s important to always keep trying to change and move the ball of success down the field. Quitting is one of those things that you will often times have to even take one step past your wise counsel. You must pull from deep inside to know your limits and how much harder you need to work. Often times #1 or rather an individual or organization’s identity is defined in the moments they were thinking about giving up. If you quit prematurely, you are always destined to fail. “Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one-yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touch down. ~Ross Perot