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Three simple words Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook and author of Lean In, used to openly apologize to critics of her failure to recognize the difficulties single moms face succeeding in the workplace. In her recent Mother’s Day Facebook post, she exposes the emotional loss she felt after the sudden death of her husband and loving co-parent. This was a loss that led her to rethink old assumptions and gain empathy toward the 30% of families headed by a single parent, and the 84% of them who are single mothers.
Rather than jump to the defensive about these critiques, Sandberg’s post highlights a strong example of failing forward. This concept of failing forward is not new, it’s well articulated in John Maxwell’s seminal book “Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones.” We all experience setbacks, difficulties, and like Sandberg, strong critiques for a dearly held vision. We can become reactive and defensive, blaming others and ourselves and staying stuck in the problem.
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