If only I had known…

… Learning from failure:

Hindsight is a wonderful thing – but only if it benefits the second time around. Sometimes we even get another chance for a “do-over” but other times, the blooper is forever. Bloopers can be funny but they are even more fun if they can be useful. That’s why I’ve invited women innovators to send me stories about their BIG failures, the mistake or the oversight they experienced – and learned from. We’ll publish a blog series about innovators’ hindsight to benefit us all. If you are interested in sharing your BIG mistake and be featured, please write me your response to the following questions by the end of April:

1. What was your goal before you failed / made the mistake? What were you trying to do/accomplish?

2. What did you believe about yourself / your abilities to accomplish it?

3. Who did you work with? Was there a team involved?

4. What made it a memorable mistake? Why do you think it was a failure?

5. How did you feel? What did you think of yourself?

6. When the failure happened, who / what supported you? How?

7. What followed? What were the consequences?

8. How has it impacted you? What did you learn?

… Learning from success:

Sometimes hindsight doesn’t come after a failure. Sometimes we get it when we are successful. Hindsight is a wonderful thing if you share both the secret scars as well as what truly worked and help others have an easier path.

One of the lessons WIN community will be benefiting is the crowdfunding knowledge that Margaret Spencer gained through her very successful Kickstarter campaign. She is willing to share her learnings with anyone who is considering a crowdfunding campaign. If you have ever thought about raising funds through crowdfunding you cannot miss this gem of an opportunity. You’ll increase your chances for your success exponentially with the preparation this workshop will give you.

The workshop will take place on May 9th at 9:30am at Studio C in Bellevue.

More here.

… Learning about Collaboration:

I keep saying that innovation doesn’t happen without collaboration. However, it is one the hardest things for human beings to accomplish. I believe all of us would benefit from studying it a bit more closely so that it’s not just a nice concept but a true hard core practice. How do women collaborate? We often hear, and research backs it up, that women work in collaborative ways, but what how do women actually cooperate to get things done and projects concluded?

I often say that women have a hard time collaborating for a couple of reasons: First, in collaboration one has to both GIVE and ASK. Women – typically – are givers who care and nurture, want to be liked and therefore offer help more often than ask for it. (Yes, guilty as charged!). Second, the word collaboration has the word “labor” in it. Women should know what that means: sweat and tears, push and rhythm, screams and letting go, joy and relief… all for the common goal and without giving up in the middle of the process. Why is it that we want to give up when those hard parts show up in our collaboration efforts? The idea of a baby is wonderful but to bring one to the world takes some serious commitment. The same is true for the innovation “babies”, business projects or the products you are taking to the market.

So let’s ask women who have been able to collaborate and create partnerships, how they’ve done it. At the next Ignite Innovation Forum on May 6th we will be discussing how do women join as partners. What makes women successful as collaborators? What makes working together a challenge?

Join two female partnerships at the Ignite Innovation Forum Martina Welke and Britta Jacobs of Zealyst and Caitlin Agnew and Lana Morisoli of the Makers Co-working Space as we discuss the joys and challenges of collaboration.

Register here – only 12 seats available.

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