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Do you make mistakes at work and in business? Of course. We all do. But do we learn from them?

Listen and you'll hear executives, entrepreneurs, and other interesting people discuss their “favorite mistakes” and what they learned, including how to prevent making the same mistakes again. Or, how to turn apparent mistakes into positives.

We discuss how to create a culture where it's safe to talk about mistakes – this leads to continuous improvement, instead of blaming and shaming others or beating ourselves up.

Hosted by Mark Graban (author of "Lean Hospitals" and "Measures of Success"). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/favorite-mistake/support

My Favorite Mistake: Careers & Business, Growth & Lessons Learned Mark Graban

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    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

Do you make mistakes at work and in business? Of course. We all do. But do we learn from them?

Listen and you'll hear executives, entrepreneurs, and other interesting people discuss their “favorite mistakes” and what they learned, including how to prevent making the same mistakes again. Or, how to turn apparent mistakes into positives.

We discuss how to create a culture where it's safe to talk about mistakes – this leads to continuous improvement, instead of blaming and shaming others or beating ourselves up.

Hosted by Mark Graban (author of "Lean Hospitals" and "Measures of Success"). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/favorite-mistake/support

    Certified Financial Planner Manisha Thakor Saved Too Much for Retirement

    Certified Financial Planner Manisha Thakor Saved Too Much for Retirement

    Episode page: https://www.markgraban.com/mistake132

    My guest for Episode #132 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Manisha Thakor, a 25-year veteran of the financial services industry. She has seen firsthand the downfalls of being trapped in what she calls “the cult of money.” She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Financial Planner.

    From a failed marriage to nearly working herself to death – twice, Manisha has learned the hard way how expensive this pursuit of money really is. Using a unique approach she calls “MoneyZen”, Manisha found her way back to financial and personal wellbeing. Today, she uses this framework to help others do the same.

    Manisha is the author of books including On My Own Two Feet and Get Financially Naked: How to Talk Money With Your Honey.

    In today's episode, Manisha shares her “favorite mistake” story about realizing she had saved up far more than she needed for retirement — at the cost of her own well-being, health, and satisfaction. Why did she confuse wealth for “well-th”?

    We talk about that story and other topics including:


    Retired once she realized she had WAY too much saved
    From donations to direct participation in meaningful non-profits?
    Tell us what you mean by the phrase “a cult of money” and why people get caught up in that?
    Well-th isn’t as easily measured?
    Ten Percent Happier podcast
    What led to you “nearly working yourself to death”?
    The cult of “never enough”
    The most common money mistakes that couples make?
    What is “MoneyZen”?
    How do you work with individuals? With organizations (wellness centers, corporations)
    The quiz on her website that she mentioned

    Find Manisha on Social Media:


    Twitter
    Facebook
    LinkedIn
    Instagram
    YouTube

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    • 35 min
    Workplace Therapist Brandon Smith Stayed in a Comfortable Teaching Job Too Long

    Workplace Therapist Brandon Smith Stayed in a Comfortable Teaching Job Too Long

    Video and more: https://www.markgraban.com/mistake131

    My guest for Episode #131 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Brandon Smith, an executive coach, author, speaker, and podcaster. His podcast (and his label for himself) is “The Workplace Therapist” and he's had me as a guest there. As a “therapist,” he has an MS in Clinical Counseling.

    Some of his jobs and roles include:


    The Worksmiths, Founder and CEO
    The Leadership Foundry, Co-Founder
    Goizueta Business School, Emory University, Adjunct Faculty

    He’s the author of books including his latest, The Hot Sauce Principle: How to Live and Lead in a World Where Everything Is Urgent All of the Time.

    In today's episode, Brandon shares his “favorite mistake” story about staying in a “comfortable” executive education teaching job too long — why was that a “bad relationship” and what did he learn from the experience?

    We talk about that story and other topics including:


    What triggered this realization?
    Was it a pattern?
    Why did you come to call yourself “the workplace therapist”?
    What reasons do people come to you for workplace therapy?
    Choosing to come vs. being told they have to?
    Resisting expertise?
    Tell us about the book… what is the “hot sauce principle”??
    Why do we need “focused energy”?
    Using “hot sauce” or urgency appropriately

    Find Brandon on Social Media:


    LinkedIn
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Instagram
    YouTube


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    • 40 min
    Vicki Moore Gave Away Her Business and Found Moving to Europe Was Harder Than Expected

    Vicki Moore Gave Away Her Business and Found Moving to Europe Was Harder Than Expected

    Show notes, video, and more: https://markgraban.com/mistake130

    My guest for Episode #130 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Vicki Moore, joining us from Frankfurt, Germany.

    Vicki is an entrepreneur, author, and coach, whose passion is finding ways to help people achieve big goals. She spent most of her career in corporate training and development, working with Fortune 500 clients. She founded a successful training agency in Los Angeles, which she ran for more than 10 years, before pursuing her dream of moving to Europe in 2015. She now lives in Germany and helps both teams and individuals confidently create their own path to success.

    She’s the author of the Book: Life Beyond Should: Overcome Expectations & Create the Life You Want. Enter to win a signed copy by using the entry form further down on this page. 

    Enter to win a signed copy (click here).

    In today's episode, Vicki tells her “favorite mistake” story about getting divorced and giving away the business she had spent ten years building. How did this mistake lead to a better situation that she “couldn't have done otherwise”? Why was moving to Europe more difficult than Vicki expected and what did she learn from that?

    We talk about that story and other topics including:


    Moving to Europe, hadn’t factored in culture, biz culture, network, language… — a mistake to assume that
    Tell us about the coaching work that you do… who do you work with? And where?
    Do you help coach people through mistakes?
    Overcoming expectations of what others think our life should look like
    Best thing / worst thing about moving there?
    Expectations – can be good or unfair expectations?

    Find Vicki on Social Media:


    Instagram
    LinkedIn


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    • 35 min
    Retired USAF Officer Mark Noon Thought Career Transitions Would Be Easy

    Retired USAF Officer Mark Noon Thought Career Transitions Would Be Easy

    Show notes, video, transcript, and more: https://www.markgraban.com/mistake129

    My guest for Episode #129 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Mark Noon. He is a professional speaker, executive coach, and developer of leaders at his company, LEADERSHIPTEN.

    Mark is a retired USAF clinical laboratory manager and was in that role for more than ten years out of a total 20+ years of service. He is the author of the book Set Up: Timeless Leadership Skills for Your Success.

    In today's episode, Mark tells his “favorite mistake” story about thinking that career transitions would be easy. Why did Mark go into “panic mode” after six months, and how did he adjust his approach?

    We talk about that story and other topics including:


    Positional authority vs being authoritative
    Command and Control leadership?
    New transition – forming his own company
    Looked back for previous lessons learned from past transition?
    Blog post: 10 Reasons Why We Decided on the name LEADERSHIPTEN
    Is it a mistake for healthcare organizations to ask too much for “10 ratings from patients?
    Building upon struggles to be a better
    Coaching to avoid mistakes or focus on learning from them??
    Telling what to do versus helping them see it

    Find Leadership10 on Social Media:


    Facebook
    Instagram
    LinkedIn


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    • 33 min
    Author Katie Anderson's Audiobook Mistakes and What She Learned in the Process

    Author Katie Anderson's Audiobook Mistakes and What She Learned in the Process

    Show page: https://www.markgraban.com/mistake128

    My guest for Episode #128 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Katie Anderson, a leadership coach, and the author of the book Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn: Lessons from Toyota Leader Isao Yoshino on a Lifetime of Continuous Learning — along with the companion workbook that she published.

    Katie was previously a guest with Mr. Yoshino in Episode 30 back in January 2021.

    In today's episode, Katie tells her most recent “favorite mistake” story about recording and producing the audiobook version of her book. What went wrong? How did she discover the problems?

    We talk about that story and other topics including:


    Doing your best? Give it your best – Japanese word: ganbarimasu
    Root cause of the sound variation in the audiobook recording?
    Lean Blog Interviews podcast episodes with Katie
    Anxiety about talking about mistakes?
    Reflections on creating a culture where it’s safe to talk freely about mistakes?
    How can people learn with you, work with you?
    “Leading to Learn Accelerator”




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    • 39 min
    Consultant Evans Kerrigan's Early Client Was Happy But It Could Have Been So Much More

    Consultant Evans Kerrigan's Early Client Was Happy But It Could Have Been So Much More

    Show notes, video, and more: https://www.markgraban.com/mistake127

    My guest for Episode #127 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Evans Kerrigan, Co-Founder & CEO of the firm Integris Performance Advisors.

    Evans is the co-author, with Brett Cooper, of the book Solving the People Problem: Essential Skills You Need to Lead and Succeed in Today’s Workplace.

    In today's episode, Evans tells his “favorite mistake” story from some client work that took place more than 20 years ago. The client was happy with the work, but he thought they “left a lot on the table” because ideas from staff were being overridden or changed by leadership. When did it click that there was a problem? What adjustments did he make?

    We talk about that story and other topics including:


    Happy with the results, but what’s sustainable? What builds a culture? Not blaming the people.
    Common leadership mistakes that you see?
    Tell us about the book
    It’s not a people problem… but we have friction in communication, etc.
    How to address setting the groundwork for listening?
    The book's website
    EQ survey — what’s my DISC EQ? - Use access code "favorite" to get it for free
    Lean podcast episode link


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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Andrea Jones (AJC) ,

Great way to share mistakes as a learning opportunity

Since we’re all human, we all make mistakes. Mark’s podcast sheds light on how different people in different situations turn lemons into lemonade based on their mistakes, and inspires others to do the same.

Merit K ,

Best way to learn

Listening to other people’s mistakes is the fastest way to shortcut my own success. I love listening to these stories!

THE Fred Moore ,

Learning from others mistakes; what a concept!

We usually only hear about the "successes" that people have and not their failures...which are usually a LOT! This show is a breath of fresh-air compared to all the "perfection" we see on social media.

I especially love the lessons learned from their "mistakes".

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