In the dynamic world of sports, just as in business and life, mistakes are often viewed with a sense of dread – tens of thousands (or millions) of people might be watching. However, there are instances where a seemingly poor decision or a blatant error can surprisingly turn into a… Read More "When Mistakes Lead to Triumphs in Football (Brock Purdy or Peyton Manning); Also in Business or Life"
This blog is a collection of stories, quotes, articles, and more about mistakes. Some of it is “director’s cut” material that didn’t make it into my book The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. I also blog regularly at LeanBlog.org.
To start, when I’ve taken cooking classes, I was taught this: Always taste what you’re cooking. Be cautious. Add some salt — and then taste. You can always add more. In the realm of cooking, just as in business and personal development, mistakes are not just common; they are a… Read More "The #1 Mistake You’re Making When Following a Recipe: Too Much or Too Little Salt"
As I write about in The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation, there are knowledge-based mistakes (where you don’t know how to do something the right way) and there are execution mistakes (where you know what to do, but you slip up and do something… Read More "The Mistakes Are Bigger at The State Fair of Texas"
In an unsettling tale from within our hospitals, a friend recently relayed an alarming incident. It’s a story that unveils the complex challenges our healthcare professionals grapple with and the silent crises that occasionally go unnoticed. A diligent nurse, fresh out of school with just a year’s experience under her… Read More "A Tragic Oversight: How Misunderstandings and Staffing Shortages Led to a Patient’s Death in the ICU"
It was a stunning finish to last Saturday’s big matchup between two top-ten NCAA college football teams, as #6 Ohio State scored the winning touchdown against #9 Notre Dame on the last play of the game, taking a 17 to 14 victory. The mistake isn’t giving up a touchdown. The… Read More "Notre Dame Football’s 10-Player Blunder: A Case Study in Failing to Learn from Mistakes"
It’s not unusual to see individuals get blamed for systemic errors and problems. Case in point, this article: Delta Air Flight Attendant Makes Expensive Mistake After Emergency Slide is Accidentally Deployed Shortly After Landing in Dublin It seems like a fact that the flight attendant deployed the slide. But is… Read More "Boeing 767 Emergency Slide Deployment: Flight Attendant Blame or Systemic Issue?"