Innovation goes hand-in-hand with failure — and the average workforce is not motivated to get up every day, go to work, and fail. So how do you address this emotional blocker to innovation and take the sting out of failure?
Doug Sundheim speculates on increasing innovation in the Harvard Business Review: “Define a smart failure.”
“Everyone knows what success is,” Sundheim observes. “Far fewer know what a smart failure is.”
If people understand how to fail and what the rewards are for the right kind of failure, they will be more likely to take the smart risks that spark innovation.
In his post, To Increase Innovation, Take the Sting Out of Failure, Sundheim defines the questions you can start asking in your organization: What makes a failure smart? Or, more importantly, what makes a failure dumb?
With the right answers, Sundheim says, failure can help you shape a new culture of innovation.
This article was originally published on Drive for Innovation.