You’ve Gotta Try
In the mid 1800’s, Thomas Palmer wrote in The Teacher’s Manual, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” It was meant as an encouragement for school children to do their homework. Today, it has become a maxim to encourage people to step outside their comfort zones, to stretch themselves, to expand their abilities.
The willingness to try new things and to think new ideas, is at the heart of innovation. In his book, Start with Why, Simon Sinek writes about the difference between innovation and novelty, citing the constant evolution of computer features (novelty) versus the groundbreaking creation of the personal computer available to everyman (innovation).
Innovation comes from a willingness to try and fail. Companies that bring innovation have a culture that encourages employees to try, and recognizes that failure is simply an opportunity to learn. One of America’s greatest inventors, Thomas Edison, knew the power of failure: “I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work.”
How does your culture treat failure? Do you reward employees for trying, or only for succeeding?
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