The Time Value of Life: Andrea Jones on Taking Years to Get Over Feeling Like a Failure

The Time Value of Life: Andrea Jones on Taking Years to Get Over Feeling Like a Failure


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My guest for Episode #105 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Andrea Jones, founder and principal at her firm Andrea Jones Consulting.

Andrea Jones has focused on efficient and effective Project Management and Change Implementation for over 20 years. She also loves process improvements, and has a natural instinct to always seek a better way to execute work.

Andrea began her career at Intel Corporation, as a Process Engineer, and grew to love the use and analysis of data to make actionable recommendations.  

Andrea has an MBA from MIT Sloan, an Engineer Masters from MIT, a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelors in Chemistry and Japanese from the University of Oregon, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

In today's episode, Andrea shares her “favorite mistake” story about how she took a buyout from Intel, but then “felt like a failure” because “they didn't find a role” for her. Why did it take years to get over the “emotional baggage” and what did Andrea learn from that experience?

We talk about that and other topics including:

  • “The time value of life”
  • Part-time consulting work models for moms (and for dads)
  • Is it a mistake to not want to manage others?
  • So hard to keep working moms in the workplace
  • Might not have all the answers when we go into something
  • Treat it as an experiment and “fail fast”?
  • Admit failure, accept reality
  • Simon Sinek's book The Infinite Game
  • Do organizations crave certainty?? Do our brains?

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"We call it the 'time value of life.' And we really prioritize that people have a whole life outside of just what they're doing for work."
"We get to experiment. We get to make these mistakes. We get to try again. And if we can admit that and show that level of vulnerability with those around us, especially in leadership positions, everybody's just going to get there a whole lot faster."
"If you can admit or accept some level of the blame, especially as a leader, I think everybody will be much more open to having a productive conversation about what really happened, without getting to that feeling of 'I'm being blamed for this.'"

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.