Essay about Unintended Consequences from Failure
In the article “Can You Handle Failure?” Ben Dattner and Robert Hogan (2011) reflect on data collected from over several hundred thousand managers to determine how failure will affect one’s behavior and surroundings in the workplace. While everyone handles failure differently, Dattner and Hogan (2011) believe many managers perceive and react to failure inappropriately. Dysfunctional reactions to failure from managers will cause unintended consequences which will lead to additional “problematic events” in the future and often strain workplace relationships (Dattner & Hogan, 2011).
The authors conclude there are eleven personality types which will lead to dysfunctional reactions to failure. These …show more content…
In my opinion, the authors provide a good framework on how to handle failure and how it will affect others in the workplace. However, the authors do not spend enough time providing information on the data used to come up with their hypothesis. The authors do not talk about the method they used to collect data or how the information was collected. For example, the data they use for the article was only mentioned one time and their methodology behind collecting the data is unknown. In fact, the only reference to the data they use was in one sentence which states the data was from “several hundred thousand managers from every industry section”. The article would have been more credible if they would have provided additional information on data that was collected and how it was collected.
Additionally, I think the authors used confusing and inappropriate examples throughout the article. For example, the authors described three high level executives, Tony Hayward, BP CEO, Richard Fuld, Leman Brothers’ CEO and Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, while describing the extrapunitive and impunitive types. These are three very accomplished business executives who were very successful