Yoda is Right About Failure

In the movie “The Last Jedi”, Yoda utters this wonderful quote to Luke Skywalker:

Heeded my words not, did you? ‘Pass on what you have learned.’ Strength, mastery, hmm...but weakness, folly, failure, also. Yes, failure, most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is.”

At Britten Coyne Partners, we could not agree more with Yoda. And with that in mind, we offer you this summer list of some of our favorite books about failure (from individual to organizational to societal), and the many lessons it can teach us.

·     “The Logic of Failure”, by Dietrich Dorner
·     “
Normal Accidents”, by Charles Perrow
·     “
Flirting with Disaster", by Gerstein and Ellsberg
·     “
The Field Guide to Understanding Human Error”, by Sidney Dekker
·     “
Meltdown”, by Clearfield and Tilcsik
·     "
Inviting Disaster”, by James Chiles
·     “
Why Decisions Fail”, by Paul Nutt
·     “
Why Most Things Fail”, by Paul Ormerod
·     “
The Limits of Strategy”, by Ernest von Simson
·     “
How the Mighty Fall”, by Jim Collins
·     “
Surprise Attack”, by Richard Betts
·     “
Surprise Attack”, by Ephraim Kam
·     "
Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision", by Roberta Wohlstetter
·     "
Why Intelligence Fails", by Robert Jervis
·     “
Military Misfortunes”, by Eliot Cohen and John Gooch
·     “
This Time Is Different”, by Reinhart and Rogoff
·     “
Irrational Exuberance”, by Robert Shiller
·     “
Manias, Panics, and Crashes”. by Charles Kindleberger
·     “
Crashes, Crises, and Calamities”, by Len Fisher
·     “
The Upside of Down”, by Thomas Homer Dixon
·     “
Understanding Collapse”, by Guy Middleton
·     “
Why Nations Fail”, by Acemoglu and Robinson
·     “
The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers”, by Paul Kennedy
·     “
The Rise and Decline of Nations”, by Mancur Olson
·     “
The Collapse of Complex Societies”, by Joseph Tainter
·     “
The Seneca Effect”, by Ugo Bardi
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