"Organizations fail because they rely more on repeating past successful behavior than risking failure by trying anything new.
Individuals do the same. People are very poor at accepting the importance of chance and context in their lives.
Focusing on your successes is a recipe for blindly repeating the past.
Failures, however, always have a learning message and the potential for growth.
Coyote explores why getting the reasons for success wrong dooms people and organizations to long-term mediocrity.
One of the enduring myths about the world of work is that effort is the key to success.
Whether that effort comes in the form of long hours, constant endeavor, or sacrifice of much of the rest of what life has to offer,
the belief that, somehow, hard work is always going to be rewarded is at the heart of much of the folklore
that governs how people behave in the workplace.
This belief endures because it is both comforting and convenient: comforting to the individuals who do the hard work,
and can always believe that it will help them win big one day—even if it hasn’t yet; and convenient to employers,
who use it as a way to persuade staff to continue to make determined efforts
on the basis of vague promises about the future." www.slowleadership.org