"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." -Henry Ford
The Failure Sessions features managers and business leaders telling their stories of learning through failure. Each episode will be a new tale of what the leader learned through their individual process of failure and how they became better as a result of it.
The best companies and leaders have learned through struggles as nobody has hit the target every time. The podcast represents an opportunity to learn from those who have gone through the business challenges that you may eventually face.
Host, Scott Bond
Brooke Bains, Entrepeneur, Consultant, Mentor, Leader
When Brooke Bains set out to start her own business, she had no idea what was ahead. What has she learned through the process? Everything!
Brooke is a consultant, a business coach, and now the startup founder of Bombshell. She has a ton of wisdom to share in her career journey and the perspective can help anyone in their current stage.
This is a must listen for anyone seeking advice on how to develop in their career.
Failure Brief #4-Leading with Empathy
This week's failure brief is designed to get you thinking about how you are showing up with your peers, friends, and teams during this incredibly challenging period of time.
Early in my career as an individual contributor, I focused on results and production first. I always thought that people who were going through challenging periods of time were using it as a way to mask their inability to produce first. I was completely wrong in this way of thinking, and it took me some moments as a leader to really understand the importance of leading with empathy first.
Today, the people in your circle need you more than ever. Take time out of your day to check in with people and show you care. Everyone is going through challenging moments, separate yourself from the pack by showing your empathy. As a leader, you will get 10x the production out of building relationships centered on care and empathy first.
Failure Brief #3-Interview Failures
Interviewing can be an incredibly emotional process that drains you mentally, but it's not how you interview that I'm focused on today it's all about what happens if you fail to land the role.
While nobody has a perfect track record through the interview process, I believe that it's all about how we bounce back and use the learning's to progress forward. Failing to land a job gives us the feedback and perspective for how to move forward. This information helps us to improve and gives us the fuel to be successful on the next round.
My own personal failures in the interview process have led me to where I am today. I'm incredibly thankful to Comcast telling me no in 2010, and Amazon telling me no in 2012 and 2014. If you've been following along on previous Failure Brief's then you'll know I was told no several times right out of college! These closed doors taught me to think different about my preparation and my brand. I used that feedback to eventually land the role I have today. In fact, I'm still using that feedback today to develop as it made a lasting impact on me I will never forget.
Remember, you're always being interviewed and the way you bounce back will define what happens next for you. I hope this week's episode gives you some insight the next time you find yourself being told no.
Cayle Hunter, Consultant, Tesla Alum, Sales Director, Musician
"Nobody who ever changed the world said, wow, that was easy"
Cayle Hunter and I first met in January 2019 when I tried to hire him. After our first call, it was obvious that he had talent. After meeting in person, I was even more hooked on his talent, approach, mindset, and intrigued by his background.
Then, I went online and watched the band he founded, Armed for Apocalypse, absolutely thrash on YouTube. We exchanged stories about baseball, and he told me what it was like to be on late night conference calls with Elon Musk during his time at Tesla. In short, another opportunity came along that he couldn't pass up, and we missed out on working together. While many would have deleted the phone numbers, we continued to stay in touch and I'm thankful we have.
Cayle is currently working as a consultant but his time at Tesla mixed with his growth trajectory prior gives him great perspective on the concept of learning as you go.
Cayle's story can be summed up by using words like relentless, fearless, and never being afraid to fail.
On learning from failure....."without failure, I would never have appreciated the opportunities I was given after" and "I didn't even get started on success in my career until I failed multiple times before"
On career development....."I went from trying to extract value from my employer to trying to add value for my employer"
On career advancement....."if you want something special, then act special"
On life principles......"my happiest moments have been when I've been authentic"
Failure Brief #2-Career Impatience
"Being impatient is half a mistake, that leads to a full mistake, and it eventually ends in regret" -Unknown
This week's Failure Brief digs into the topic of handling career impatience. This is a topic I've struggled with my entire career and I've only been able to tame the beast within due to the guidance and advice from mentors.
Career impatience can create incredible challenges for individuals seeking to grow their career with the right company and the right leadership team. It can lead to poor decisions that cause folks to jump ship and leave the opportunity that may have been the best in the long run. The thing that's kept me grounded on this topic is working for people I sincerely trust who have helped guide me.
Employees who are career impatient are also incredibly challenging to manage and they tend to take longer to develop in the long run as a result.
If you're struggling with the perspective on how to stay patient in your career, I hope this Failure Brief helps you to better understand the process and how to navigate.
Matt McDaniel, General Manager, Pavement Surface Control
"My biggest ah-ha moment is when you open your eyes one day and realize that the people you've surrounded yourself with didn't have your best interest in mind"
This week's guest is my closest friend, Matt McDaniel, General Manager, Pavement Surface Control (PSC). PSC is a family owned business that specializes in highway and road construction services including the placement and moving of concrete barriers, to striping parking lots. PSC also provides flagging services for road projects, pavement maintenance, and they've installed many of the highways signs you pass every day.
Matt has had to learn how to navigate leadership principles and his own development in the business in recent years and it hasn't come without challenge.
Listen to Matt as he explains how he's worked through his own personal growth and leading from the front.
On communication....."I've expected people to think I'm making the best decisions, but by not sharing the things that we're doing, it has created challenges."
"I was expecting people to trust me but I didn't communicate"
On leading with emotion...."it's hard to let things go but I have learned that you can't fix what has already happened, and you've got to go forward with what you've got."
It’s rare for a podcast host to share life and career experiences in real-time as he’s still operating in his role on a daily basis. Scott Bond is candid, open, and real. This is a great listen for business leaders and for IC’s looking to build their careers.
A lot of podcasts, especially those focused on business, talk about the wins. They brush over the losses but few focus on them, and it’s clear failure is a huge ingredient in the recipe for success! This podcast is refreshing in that it really digs in to the failures of successful people.
As a host Scott is curious and engaging and never talks over his guests (a pet peeve of mine). I hope to hear a lot more of these! Highly recommend.
Great podcast! I’ve enjoyed both the long form interviews, and the shorter brief sessions of this series. Scott does a great job explaining the lessons learned from failure, and as a listener, it’s easy to see how these can apply to my personal and professional life.