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Succeeding through Failure

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford

One thing companies commonly fail at – is failure.

Instead of studying the lessons presented and using them to build toward success, companies tend to punish failure or sweep it under the rug and pretend it didn’t happen. But no matter how good your people are and how hard you work, there will come a day when your organization experiences failure.  It is inevitable. As painful as it will be, how your organization deals with that failure can be more important and more impactful than the event itself.

Thunderbird School of Global Management’s “Succeeding through Failure” is a practical, one-day workshop designed to help mid-to-upper level managers understand that, while failure may be inevitable, failing to learn from it doesn’t have to be.

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How can your organization turn failure into a growth opportunity? How can you manage through failures to keep morale high and prevent paralysis? What’s the secret to continuing to thrive in spite of and even during periods of failure?

After finishing this case study and discussion-based program, you will:

  • Understand how to deal with ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Improve your (and your organization’s) predictive ability
  • Tighten up your decision-making process
  • Learn to think more broadly about failure and how to learn from it

Good companies don’t allow failure to derail their progress. Great companies make failure work for them.

Program Details
Location TBD
Date(s) Next Session Date TBD
Program Fee* USD $1,750 
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)** 0.5 CEUs

* Includes meals and course materials

**CEUs provide a permanent record of the professional development training and non-credit enhancement activities of working executives who wish to stay current in global business. One CEU is equivalent to 10 contact hours of time spent at a qualified instruction site. 

Note: Courses require a minimum number of registrants to run. Course dates and professors are subject to change.
After completing your first program, receive a 15% discount on all subsequent programs. Contact us for partnership & group pricing options.


Dr. Matthew Semadeni

Dr. Matthew Semadeni

Dr. Matthew Semadeni is a Professor of Strategy at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. His research, teaching and consulting have focused on competitive strategy, innovation and top management/corporate boards of directors.

As an instructor, his focus is on innovation and providing executives the tools and structure to take a practical approach when making strategic business decisions. Matthew’s market sector focuses include management consulting, life sciences, information technology and services, and government administration. He has extensive executive education instruction experience; he has worked with a wide variety of companies including Cummins, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, The Mayo Clinic, General Motors and Ingersoll-Rand.


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