the secret success of mistakes
Marva Collins said, "If you can't make mistakes, you can't make anything." Most people believe this but organizations don't live it. They want creativity, but they also want guarantees that there will not be failure...but the two are difficult to mix. Organizations want to innovate, but they won't give the green light when the situation presented itself. A way to overcome this conservative nature is to build a series of small trial & error projects in which mistakes can be learning experiences and not critical failures. Each small project iteration can build on one another and resolving mistakes becomes contagious leading to new better ideas. Another Collins quote, "The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another." The same essence goes for creativity in a company...you just have to be willing to deal with mistakes along the way.