Failure is the best place to mine for success.
A director I know coined this phrase to encapsulate the idea:
Problem - Probe - Improve
Whenever you encounter a problem, probe it to discover improvements that can make the next go-round a success.
But how do you actually do that?
In this issue of Cut/daily we'll learn (once again) from industry veteran Katie Hinsen, as she shares a detailed guide to on How to Learn From Your Mistakes Like a Pro, a free insight from MixingLight.com.
She provides 8 key questions to ask of any project and a proven approach for handling failure, in the moment.
Another approach to mining failure for success is to conduct what I call a 'Failure Audit' which is essentially a follow up conversation with the key players or client on any job that didn't go exactly to plan.
I've done this a couple of times on behalf of someone else, as an independent third-party, who can speak confidently and confidentially to both sides and it really helps to pull out areas for improvement, whilst also re-affirming potentially tarnished working relationships.
It's surprising how beneficial a little candid conversation can be!