I love this article from Innovation Leader and the idea of presenting the "Epic Fail Award" each year to those employees who proudly tried but didn't succeed.
My daughters are learning a lot about growth mindset at school. One day I was a home and I did something wrong. I can't remember what it was but I said "well, that's it then. I failed!" to which my daughter replied "if you're not failing mummy, you're not learning". Wise advice from a 6 year old!
It took a couple of days but it made me realise that unless you embrace failure in your organisation you're not innovating, trying, learning, driving, changing...everything!
Then I read the article below - particularly this phrase:
When people fear failure, they act safe.
That is SO true! Fearing failure creates hesitation, caution, permission seekers and slow growth.
I think I've decided it's time to introduce an Epic Fail Award at Tribal of which I'm going to try and win (not that I'm competitive :-))
When people fear failure, they act safe. They rarely (if ever) take risks or stick their neck out for something they so passionately believe is the best thing to do. Low risk equals low reward. And when people act safe, they will only, at best, meet expectations. While that’s fine if you want to confine yourself and your company to an existence within the status quo, it’s not going to move the needle one bit if you actually want to disrupt, break through, or future-proof. You need to innovate.