I just heard about a cool course at MIT – The Fine Art of Failure by Diane Garnick.
The goal of this course is to develop the skills necessary to identify, analyze and optimize the learning experience from failures. … students will discover how to recognize early warning signs for failure. Signals will vary both in terms of intensity and lifespan, enabling students to explore the possibility of either modifying a plan or moving forward and subsequently gaining the best possible experience and insight from the failure at hand. … Learning Objectives:
- Identify potential and actual failures in their early stages
- Use shared experiences to analyze potential paths to mitigate emotional and financial losses
- Develop, evaluate and implement recommended options for preventing, reducing and responding to failures
Apparently Garnick will be the only person ever to study at one Top Ten MBA school (University of Chicago), while teaching at another. Too cool.