Course Dates and Time

June 6-7, 2019   

10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

 Course Cost

Regular Tuition: $1,995

Course cost includes a light breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch, and class materials. It does not include housing.

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The In's and Out's of Embracing Failure in Order to Innovate 

We are told we must innovate to stay relevant in the market or that we must find new solutions to the current social challenges, yet we rarely explore and tackle head on a key aspect of innovation: Learning through failure.

We cannot create something new without the process of learning. That process requires us to discover that our hypothesis and assumptions were incorrect (i.e. Failing). And while we can intellectually recognize the value of learning through failure, high achieving leaders can still struggle with failing, especially in any type of public setting.

In this interactive workshop students will use Amy Edmonson’s model of intelligent failure to become more intimate with the process of failing. Students will identify current challenges at their organizations where they are trying to innovate, and we will work on new ways to frame these opportunities to increase the organization’s ability to discover and learn during this process. In addition to Amy Edmonson we will draw on the work of Daniel Pink, and Chris Argyris.

Course Goals

By the end of the class, students will be able to:

  • Examine different types of failures;

  • Recognize the importance of framing decisions;

  • Gain insight into what it takes to build successful inter-disciplinary coalitions; and

  • Understand how mental models are created.

Target Audience

This course is for leaders in any public or private institution that feel stuck and know there are more efficient ways to achieve results with their teams. This could be:

  • Government employees doing herculean efforts navigating the bureaucracy of the system;
  • Managers at companies interested improving their bottom line while keeping employee morale high;

  • Professionals at non-profit wanting to channel their organization’s sense of purpose into new initiatives that generate high impact and revenue.



Andres Marquez-Lara is the Founder and President of Promethean Community, LLC, a social enterprise devoted to the facilitation of systemic change in Latin America and the Caribbean. His company designs interactive workshops for community and organizational leaders that strengthen and leverage collaboration, trust, and communication to create sustainable solutions to today’s complex challenges. Professor Marquez-Lara is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership at the George Washington University, Faculty at the Executive Master in Policy Leadership at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy,  and a Visiting Lecturer at the Institute for Transformative Leadership at Georgetown University. He has collaborated with multiple national and international organizations to include the INCAE Business School in Costa Rica, the US Office of Personnel Management, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the DC Department of Mental Health. In 2014, Professor Marquez-Lara was named one of the emerging social innovators in North America by Ashoka/American Express; in 2011, he received the George C. Askew Award from the American Academy of Certified Public Managers for his team’s exceptional curriculum development. Professor Marquez-Lara earned a BA in psychology from Duke University, and a graduate degree in clinical community psychology from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Students who complete this course will earn 1.2 continuing education units.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) Alignment

The content of this course covers competencies addressed by the following ECQs: Leading Change; Leading People; Building Coalitions.

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Register for June 6th-7th, 2019

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Additional Executive Institute Courses

Develop new skills by participating in another short course this year.


Questions? Contact Our Executive Education Team

Whether you are looking to broaden your skill set or are seeking to customize an educational experience for a group of employees, we can help you find or build the right program to fit your needs, schedule, and budget.

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