Safety to fail

To err is human; to forgive, divine. – Alexander Pope

Forgiveness is a gift that costs nothing.

There is tremendous power in forgiveness. We pardon mistakes or wrong choices of others as a means of growing, healing, learning and moving on. The power of forgiveness has long been documented. Think of the role it plays in self-esteem, interpersonal relations, philosophy, sports, child-rearing, education, and law.  Forgiveness brings closure and resolution. Forgiveness frees us to make better choices next time.

So, where does forgiveness fit into training and leadership?

There is no greater learning opportunity than the chance to make a decision that carries the risk of failing. When we provide a safe environment in which learners can try, fail, and try again, we open up a world of learning opportunities. 

How have you incorporated forgiveness into your training and leadership?

Susan Hendrich

9 thoughts on “Safety to fail

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  5. I really like the graphic as well. Since I saw no reply to Paul, I’m guessing that it’s OK to use and I will put it into a post with attribution to you. Please let me know if it is not and I will take it down. Thanks.


  6. Lovely site. On your post “Safety to Fail” you show a nice graphic at the top of the page (safety net). Please let me know where you found the graphic.
    I would like to use it and would be happy to pay for the rights.


  7. Interesting post. I am a fan of the trial-and-error and trial-by-fire approaches in training environments. It makes the real hard knocks easier to take and prepares us to fight for success.



  8. Susan, this is just whan I needed—a bridge between the notion of forgiveness and the value of interactive learning opportunities to “fail” in safe environments.

    I am writing scenarios for an upcoming leadership training and stumbled upon your site. You just gave me inspiration for a good “story line”.

    Thank you,
    Maria Fiorio


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