How Failure Can Be an Asset in Your Ethical Development

John Gordon, Chief Digital Officer at General Electric

 

 

John Gordon discusses how missing a goal can release the gradual buildup of pressure to hit targets at any cost.

Teaching Notes

Use the following prompts to facilitate a guided discussion on this installment of Walking the Talk: Insights on Putting Ethics into Practice.

How does “momentum” factor into decision-making? How can you leverage this phenomenon to protect your integrity in your decisions?

John Gordon outlines how success can be dangerous, particularly to highly-talented people. How have you seen this in your career? In people you manage? In your managers?

Describe some of your experiences of failure. How did you grow from them? What did you gain from them?

How does “not failing enough” affect priorities at the individual level? At the organization level? How can you maintain your focus and avoid chasing success at the expense of your values?

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