How to Learn From Your Best-Failures?

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Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, the chief guest at the CLO Summit India earlier this month, spoke that mistakes should be part of a learning organization’s culture. That resonated strongly with me. I have written about how we all learn more from mistakes.  At Upside Learning do ask all our employees to not be afraid of making mistakes.

Dr. Chatterjee shared an example of an organization in Bangalore that dedicates a day each month to discuss their ‘best mistakes’. Senior executives share their biggest failures and what they learnt from it. I see tremendous merit in such an idea as it drives away the fear of failure from staff’s minds. Once liberated from that fear, good things can happen.

I am keen to try such a thing at Upside as well. I’m looking for support – case studies or maybe some ‘dos and don’ts’ on how to go about learning from “Best-Mistakes”.

I could find just this link to a July 2006 article in Business Week How Failure Breeds Success which has some examples mentioned– IBM, Intuit, GE, Coring, Virgin, & JetBlue.

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