From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leaders blog

It can be tempting to constantly wish for great results and going from success to success. Smooth sailing basically. But that’s rarely how it is, is it?

We all experience setbacks, we all make mistakes. And it’s supposed to be that way.

Progress requires setbacks; the only sure way to avoid failure is not to try.

Henry Spencer

It’s the same for teams you’re in or lead. Sometimes things go easily, success is right there – and sometimes you need to come across hurdles, you need to learn to get over them, to find new solutions – learn new ways of approaching new challenges and situations.

So the next time your team stumbles, welcome it.

Look for the learning. Look for the creativity it can bring. Get the team discussing and finding solutions together, as great ideas are rarely a solitary Eureka moment – ideas feed each other and with great teamwork there are no limits to what you can achieve.

Here’s to success, yours and your team’s – spiced up by challenges, setbacks and changes!

About the authors

Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, award-winning authors of ”The Team Formula”.

Their latest book, multi-award-winning ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions”, published by Financial Times International is a practical tool for building winning teams. You can download a free chapter of the book at

Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”Enjoyable to read. Simple to understand. Practical to implement. A must read for team members or leadersDebbie Fogel-Monnissen, Executive Vice President, International Markets Finance Officer, Mastercard, NY, USA.