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An Example Of Praising Failure

By Eileen McDargh - Thursday, December 02, 2010
A while back I wrote an article " In Praise Of Failure" and recently I found the perfect example of one company celebrating failure in a unique way.  Ben & Jerry's, located in Waterbury, Vermont, has created a graveyard behind their factory of ice cream flavors that just didn't make the cut or had run their course.  Each flavor in the graveyard has a  plastic tombstone with a clever epitaph and is open to the public.  Every year on Halloween the tourist attraction is turned into a haunted graveyard much to the delight of both the parents and children who visit the factory.  The lesson learned is not to run away or hide business failures from your public but rather admit that you aren't perfect but you are learning.
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American Business Leaders Of The Twentieth Century

By Eileen McDargh - Saturday, November 27, 2010
http://www.hbs.edu/leadership/database/ 

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Undercover Boss Shows What Leadership Communication is all about!

By Eileen McDargh - Wednesday, February 17, 2010

 

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You're Known by the Flowers You Keep

By Eileen McDargh - Thursday, July 20, 2006
"What kind of flower are you?" The question took me aback when I read it. Could the writer be suggesting that the kind of flowers we surround ourselves with offers testimony to our view on life? The more I thought of it, I realized there was a great truism here. Nature offers her treasures as subtle metaphors for so many of life's lessons. Here was my mine:

In my work as a professional speaker and consultant, I had found myself sometimes overwhelmed with the amount of work and travel on my plate. At other times, I found myself beginning to panic with the scarcity. "It's either pheasant or feathers", I'd grumble. Some colleagues had told me that I worked too hard on material, constantly editing, adding, pruning, and arranging. "But it makes what I do more timely and current," I'd respond and silently wonder if they were right.

And then I read this question.

"But of course," I thought. "ROSES!"

In our small strip of California garden, I have planted rose bushes. In season, they bloom profusely, coming back in abundance the more I tend them, weed, fertilize, AND give them away. Out of season, their bare stems look forlorn and without potential. Yet I know that in due time, the nourishment received from this time of rest will bring them back in abundance.

It is the course of their life. It is the pattern of my work. When viewed in this manner, I now understand that my work pattern reflects the natural world of roses. It's not right for everyone. But it is right for me. Guess I'll just bloom when and where I am planted!
 

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The Myth of Labor Day

By Eileen McDargh - Thursday, January 01, 1970

 

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