Here’s some material that I didn’t end up using in my book The Mistakes That Make Us. Maybe that was a mistake. Looking Inward Instead of Blaming and Shaming Others Engineer and manufacturing consultant Sabrina Moon learned relatively early in her career that it was a mistake to lead by… Read More "Looking Inward Instead of Blaming and Shaming Others for Mistakes"
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.
I had the opportunity to dine at a French restaurant that I really enjoy in Fort Worth, Texas the other night. Their specials board listed aa new appetizer: a Duck Confit Fondue. Cheese? Yes Duck? Yes Together? Yes, please!! Duck confit is a cooking and preparation method where duck legs… Read More "A Happy, Tasty Accident: The Overcooked Duck That Led to a New Menu Item at a French Restaurant"
We all make mistakes, but it’s shocking to hear a politician admit one. Napoleon Bonaparte said, “In politics… never retreat, never retract… never admit a mistake.” Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently took a swipe at his former boss, now Presidential primary opponent Donald Trump, for believing he has… Read More "We All Make Mistakes, So Let’s Celebrate Politicians Who Admit Them"
Perfection in Major League Baseball is extremely rare. The 24th-ever perfect game was thrown recently by Domingo Germán, of the New York Yankees, on June 29th And there would have been a 25th perfect game if not for an umpiring mistake (something I wrote about but didn’t include in my… Read More "The Umpire’s Mistake That Ruined a Perfect Game in 2010"
Below is some material from a very early draft of the book… probably best left on the cutting room floor. Some mistakes can be funny, some can be embarrassing, some can be deadly, and some could destroy humanity. Oops, that got dark real quick — my mistake. In my favorite… Read More "We All Make Mistakes – Not Just in the Movies"
Here is a story told by Ron Magill in his episode of “My Favorite Mistake.” Being Careless with a Crocodile Changed Ron Magill’s Life for the Better I realize that’s a photo of a giraffe. The title of the post would have had better alliteration with Accident and Alligator… but… Read More "Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill: A Happy Accident with an Alligator (I Mean, Crocodile)"