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.