Many organisations have a very uneasy relationship with failure. It simply isn’t acceptable. Employees from the CEO down are scared of the word and its consequences, so much so that conservatism rules the day. In such an environment disruptive innovations are choked off long before an original thought is given room to breathe.
In a post on the Ventureburn website titled ‘Failure isn’t just good, it allows for extraordinary innovation’ Mbali Ndandani says, “When organisations don’t allow their employees to fail, they are paying lip service to innovation. It really is that simple.”
Ndandani goes on to point out the famous example of Thomas Edison’s 1, 093 failures before he developed his version of the light bulb. She wonders aloud whether organisations would allow their employees to fail so many times.
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