Course ID: OOPS

The Ethics of OOPS! Slips, Mistakes, Failures and Your Future

Everybody says, “We learn more from failure than success.” But most of us would still prefer the latter to the former. Because few seek failure, we’re tempted to avoid it at all costs — and that’s often where the ethical issues arise. How we deal with failure, in ourselves and others, can have wide-ranging behavioral, cultural and ethical impact — for better or for worse.

Greg Conderacci, who teaches this course, is no stranger to failure. Because “bad news is good news,” he covered major corporate and government failures as a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal. And, like all of us, he’s made many blunders himself. In both for-profit and non-profit leadership roles, he’s watched seeming success turn to failure — and vice versa. A BLI Senior Fellow, consultant, and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, he is a sought-after adviser for personal and corporate turnarounds.

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize their own failures positively
  • Manage failure constructively on the job
  • Upon completion of this course participants will focus on failure – personal and professional – to help them:
  • Coach others through failure to success

Major Topics
  • Good failure: How to encourage it and harness it’s power
  • Bad failure: When it’s NOT okay to fail
  • Ugly failure: How to forgive it and move on
  • Fast failure: Can be better than “quick wins”
  • Slow failure: The cancer nobody notices

Who Should Attend

Anyone who might wrestle with issues related to failure and responses to it, especially anyone in a leadership role

Fields of Study
Behavioral Ethics



Business Learning Institute

CPE Credits


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