Enterprise 2.0 Conference Session: Failures

Over the years I have given many presentations and keynotes at conferences.  And usually there are blog posts and tweets about them afterward.  But rarely are people talking about the session BEFORE they actually see it.  This is what has happened for my session at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference.

First, I saw Sterling Raphael‘s  tweet pointing to his post.

By attending this session, I hope to come away recognizing and understanding the face of failure. Most importantly, how to circumvent it.

That pointed me to others.  Like Jacob Morgan‘s post:

This session should really help organizations understand what failure looks like and how to avoid it.

And to the post from Steve Wiley (who organizes the E2.0 Conf):

Kevin’s session should provide a healthy contrast by tackling the subject of failures head on.

What great advanced notice of what others want to hear!  Obviously it is a topic that is on the minds of many, as it has been on my mind for some time.

We all know there is Enterprise 2.0 failure, but rarely is anyone willing to talk about their own.  We all want to be successful and to let that shine through and not look like we don’t know what we are doing (at least at times).  But I figure at some point we have to admit it, and embrace it, and not only work out loud, but live out loud as the only way to really succeed is to fail our share of times.

My goal is to do this topic justice and make it so everyone walks away feeling 1) it is OK to fail, 2) just not too much,  and 3) how to manage failure when it does come and 4) how to avoid failure overall.  It is in the first general session time slot – (great!  we are starting with failure 😉 )  It may be a good dose of reality before we hear all the great ways NOT to fail that will follow.

(On the other hand, if I do fail in this session, it will be easy to make fun of!)

So if you are going to be there, come join me and the others.  And be prepared to open up and talk about your failures as well.