Most of the world thinks of failure as a dead-end, something to be avoided at all costs. In school, a failing grade usually gets a student a lot of unwanted attention. In the business world, a failure is usually regarded as a flop that costs the company money and results in discipline for the person responsible.
Failure is a Step Forward
At White Stag, we see failure differently. We don't see failure as an end result, but as positive feedback of where we went wrong. Thomas Edison, who is known to have failed at many inventions, said "I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work." Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper for lacking ideas. He also went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland.
Stefan H. Thomke, a professor at Harvard Business School and author of Experimentation Matters, says that when he talks to business groups, "I try to be provocative and say: 'Failure is not a bad thing.' I always have lots of people staring at me, [thinking] 'Have you lost your mind?' That's O.K. It gets their attention. [Failure] is so important to the experimental process."
We Stress Growth, Accountability and Service
We constantly encourage individuals to give their absolute best, to work very hard, to focus on the positive, and to consistently strive to improve. We provide an environment where it's safe to fail and try again.
We support individuals in taking accountability for their lives and the consequences of their actions. We believe individuals are given gifts, and it is their duty to identify their gift and then give it to others. In this way they become true servant leaders.