“When we misuse authority by preventing failure, we diminish accountability and capacity for learning.”
Barbara Tanner from George Wythe University . The context was in education, but I think it applies to allowing teams and individuals to take risks in the workplace as well. This made me think back to Scott Berkun’s session on spectacular design failures at UIE 13, as well as his essay on learning from mistakes. If we are so afraid of failure that we risk nothing, then we don’t grow.

posted by Ted Boren on Monday, Nov 24, 2008
tagged with leadership, authority, accountability, failure mistakes