President Obama admitted recently that he “Screwed up” with the nomination of Tom Daschle. It’s refreshing. I hope companies take President Obama’s lead and allow their employees to screw up more. If they did we’d be a lot more innovative as a whole. That’s why Google has been so successful.
If you’ve read Clayton M. Christensen’s “The Innovator’s Dilemma” about disruptive technology you’ll find out why its so important to make mistakes. Mistakes can lead to innovation in unexpected ways. Companies can’t afford to blow it numerous times, however the fear of error, that will occur when risks are taken, will only hurt your company.