Many people bask in the glow of people who are successful and neglect the opportunity to learn from failures.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I coach people and organizations, helping them be more effective professionally. That may start with my helping them with a job search as a coach, helping with management and leading, hiring more effectively, a host of different things to help you perform better in the workplace environment.

This has a great title to it-- study failure. And why do I say that? It's really very simple.

Most people fixate on their successes. They look for the stars to shine bright, and allow others to teach them, allowing them to bask in the magnificence of the individual and the story that they tell about how they succeeded. I can assure you what's missing from most of the stories are the failures that they had along the way.

You know, Reid Hoffman from LinkedIn fame, always talks about the first social network he started, which failed and what he picked up from that, that allowed him to develop LinkedIn. He learned lessons from that first experience, as do most other successful people. But because of our desire to bask in the glow of the success, we don't learn those lessons. And we block them out from our own lives, from our own failures and don't really learn the lessons that are necessary to move ahead.

I used to have a client who would ask a question of job hunters. And the question was, "Tellme about a professional failures you had and what you learn from it." Now, I have a little trick to get around the question, talking about something that they learned when they were a beginner and that seemed to satisfy this client very well.

But what's more important to you is, "what have you learned from your failures?" What are the failures that you had? Let's do a post mortem and see what you learned from it that you can apply forward. It's not about punishment. It's about the learnings that occur as a manager, working with a team of people.

You don't want people to bury the mistakes that they make and hide them from you. You want them to constructively come to you and allow you to support them with creating that learning environment for themselves. What can you do to foster studying failure without there being recrimination for it?

I'm Jeff Altman, hope you found this helpful. My website is I also have NoBS and you can go to the site, go exploring. There are thousands of posts that you can watch, listen to or read that'll help you. I also want to mention if you're interested in one on one coaching, you can schedule time for a free discovery call. You can do that, I believe, only at I'll check the other site in a minute. But you can definitely do it on the homepage of Look for a button that says Schedule anywhere on the site. Get on my calendar for a free discovery call or to schedule time for coaching with me.

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No BS Management Advice | Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
No BS Management Advice | Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” and “No BS Job Search Advice.”

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