We are human, after all

December 19th, 2016 by Patricia Jehle Leave a reply »


Have you made some mistakes, well, good! You’re human. So am I!

It is not the mistake or the failure that is the problem. Learning how to avoid failures from previous ones is the way to get ahead. Below you will find a list of 10 causes of failure, taken from Napoleon Hill (from Think and Grow Rich) and modernized for today. Quotes are from N. Hill.



  • Unorganized, “no time”

“No genuine leader is ever “too busy” to do anything which may be required …”

  • Pride

“Truly great leaders are willing … to perform any sort of labor which they would ask another to perform.”

  • Entitlement
  • Fear (especially from “followers”)
  • Uncreative, lack of imagination
  • Selfishness

“The leader who claims all the honor for the work of his followers is sure to be met by resentment.”

  • Intemperance (Hill’s actual term)

Intemperance causes disrespect and “destroy the endurance and vitality” of those who indulge.

  • Disloyalty

“The leader who is not loyal to his trust, and to his associates, those above… and below him, cannot long maintain his leadership.”

  • Too authoritarian
  • Too caught up in “title” and reputation

“The man who makes too much over his title generally has little else to emphasize.”


Also, from a more business-oriented perspective:

The major error-shaping factors at each level of performance (Reason, 1990)


Performance-Level Error-Shaping   Factors


1.   Recent-ness and frequency of previous use

2.   Environmental control signals

3.   Shared schema properties

4.   Concurrent plans



1.   Mind set (‘It’s always worked before’)

2.   Availability (‘First come best preferred’)

3.   Matching bias (‘like relates to like’)

4.   Over-simplification (e.g., ‘halo effect’)

5.   Over confidence (‘I’m sure I’m right’)



1.   Selectivity (bounded rationality)

2.   Working memory overload (bounded rationality)

3.   Out of sight out of mind (bounded rationality)

4.   Thematic ‘vagabonding’ and ‘encysting’

5.   Memory cueing/reasoning by analogy

6.   Matching bias revisited

7.   Incomplete/incorrect mental model


FROM: https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/book/the-glossary-of-human-computer-interaction/human-error-slips-and-mistakes


Why it’s actually good to fail, if responded to correctly- learning with questions:

Why did it make sense that I/they/we did it that way? What was my/their/our part in the mistake?


These next few weeks are a good time for us to reflect, to think about the positives and negatives of 2016 and make a balance that is good: learn from the mistakes; continue the good; move onward and upward towards a GREAT 2017!

For a great read from The Entrepreneur on failure: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/286625

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year,

Patricia Jehle, Jehle Coaching


Should you want my annual report email me at patricia@jehle-coaching.com and visit my blog at www.jehle-coachingexpat.com and my coaching website at www.jehle-coaching.com



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