First shared this image while in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Consulting & coaching on the 7 Steps to High Performance Teams’. Thanks to Vigor Enterprises.

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 a variety of ways that people on teams view others, their own & the team’s failure.

The intention the other person perceives 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 others intent changes whether you praise or blame?