Failing Gracefully

Make no mistake about it: If you serve long enough as a university administrator, sooner or later you will fail at somethingómassively, undeniably, and embarrassingly. Either the result that you intended from an initiative never came close to being achieved, or youíll have a new supervisor who feels youíve wasted your time pursuing X when you shouldíve been pursuing Y, or youíll charge off in a bold new direction only to discover than no one is interested in following your lead. Never having a failure isnít really an indication that youíve done everything successfully; itís more likely an indication that you havenít been trying enough new ideas or endeavors. Certainly, you can fail by attempting to do too little rather than too much. But to fail miserably Ö that usually entails the launching of a new, albeit ill-advised enterprise.

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