Spectrum of perceptions of failure within a team Create-Learning Team Building and Leadership

Learning Teams are aware of challenges & failures. This is part of the work in innovative & complex team environments. I’ve seen various ways that people on teams view others, their own & the team’s failure.

The other person’s intention caused the failure creates a team that finds the effort Blameworthy to Praiseworthy.

Perceptions of Failure Within a Team

Blameworthy to praiseworthy.
  • Deviance
  • Inattention
  • Lack of Ability
  • Process Inadequacy
  • Task Challenge
  • Process Complexity
  • Uncertainty
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Exploratory Testing

What do you think?

Looking at the Perception of Failure on Teams Continuum above, can you think of examples of each phase? What about your perception of the other’s intent changes whether you praise or blame?