Celebrating failure ! … That’s a provocative title, when we usually celebrate success! In most management books, entrepreneurial successes are highlighted, as well as methods and tools to get it right the first time.
But what about failures? Can we turn them into something positive if we eliminate the need to hide them or dwell on them endlessly?
Based on their experience as trainers and managers, François H. Courvoisier and Sedat Adiyaman took up the challenge of writing a book on the beneficial consequences of professional failure. To do this, they drew on various sources such as academic literature and the professional press, but above all they collected the original testimonies of eight Swiss managers who had experienced failure and learned lessons from it that enabled them to bounce back.
Prefaced by Jean-Claude Biver, the book “Celebrating Failure” is mainly intended for entrepreneurs and professionals. In addition to eight original testimonials, it contains a five-step reflection tool to guide the reader in transforming failures into successes, without having to pay a high price for them. It also contains more than forty encouraging quotes from famous people on their perception of failure.
Fluid and practical, to be savored in several readings (one reading is not enough), this book allows the reader to better understand what mistakes and failures mean, to learn how to overcome them thanks to the experiences of other entrepreneurs, and then to analyze and act on one’s projects and career path, in order to reach one’s goals more easily.
is an honorary professor at the HES-SO/Haute école de gestion Arc in Neuchâtel. He practiced marketing in companies before teaching it and has published numerous books and scientific articles in the field of watch and cultural marketing.
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is director of the innovation consulting company think2make.ch and coworking-neuchatel.ch. He has studied industrial design and business processes. He is the author of numerous failures including the book “Faire: Comment innover de façon collaborative”.
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