Friday night, in St. Louis, New York Mets’ first baseman Pete Alonso made a mistake that angered the home team St. Louis Cardinals and their fans, as discussed in this video: The announcers were probably right in assuming that Alonso made an honest mistake – human error. There’s habit and… Read More "Pete Alonso Accidentally Throws Masyn Winn’s First Career Hit Ball into the Crowd: An MLB Mistake"
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.
How should any business owner or leader react? This article caught my eye recently: How 6 designers handle employee mistakes Hopefully there are no stories about yelling, screaming, and firings! The first designer, Victoria McKenney, could have been reading straight from my book! 🙂 “I truly believe that every mistake… Read More "How Interior Designers Can Effectively Handle and Learn From Mistakes"
There’s chaos in college sports as universities switch conferences left and right (and east and west). George Kliavkoff’s biggest mistake as Pac-12 commissioner is beyond dispute What happened? ESPN offered the conference $30 million per school each year, and that’s even with UCLA and USC bolting for the Big Ten… Read More "The Financial Mistake That Could Doom the PAC-12 Conference"
In the news: “NASA restores contact with Voyager 2 spacecraft after mistake led to weeks of silence” From the article: “Hurtling ever deeper into interstellar space billions of miles away, Voyager 2 stopped communicating two weeks ago. Controllers sent the wrong command to the 46-year-old spacecraft and tilted its antenna… Read More "Even Rocket Scientists Make Mistakes: The Human Element in Space Exploration"
This material was used in an earlier draft, but not included in my book, The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. Expecting mistakes doesn’t mean that mistakes are great in and of themselves. Mistakes are a fact of life; they are going to happen. You… Read More "See Mistakes as a Stepping Stone to Success"
This post is material cut from earlier drafts of my book, The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. Karin Reed is the author of multiple books and is the CEO of a training firm called Speaker Dynamics. She was previously an Emmy-award-winning broadcast journalist. But mistakes… Read More "Have a Backup Plan for When Mistakes Inevitably Occur"