My Failure Resume

This is my Failure Resume. I got the idea from several sources, and thought: this will be fun and humbling for me, and perhaps encouraging to my junior colleagues facing a tough uphill climb through academia or in their organizations. In hindsight, it is easy to cherry-pick my best successes (ignoring my many failures) and construct a narrative that makes it sound like I have always been successful.

This is FAR from the truth.

Reality is much messier, and often, much more interesting. Sharing this with my colleagues has been fun and eye-opening for everyone. Here are links to my one page Failure RESUME and by comparison, my one page Regular RESUME.

CMIO’s take? I think it would be a wonderful world if more of our senior Professors and respected clinical leaders (in informatics or not) posted their Failure Resume’s. It makes us more human and gives hope to our next generation of rising leaders.

Author: CT Lin

CMIO, UCHealth (Colorado); Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

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