Issue 81 - 04 | The Mistake Manifesto: How Making Mistakes Can Make Us Better

By Alina Tugend
Published April 6, 2011 10:00 a.m.
“While I am not advocating that we all run around blundering and goofing up all the time—and certainly none of us like dealing with people who make the same mistake over and over—our fear of mistakes has a very high cost.

We exert enormous energy blaming each other when something goes wrong rather than finding a solution. Defensiveness and accusations take the place of apologies and forgiveness. Mistake-avoidance creates workplaces where making changes and being creative while risking failure is subsumed by an ethos of mistake-prevention at the cost of daring and innovation.”

About Alina Tugend | Alina Tugend has written about education, environmentalism, and consumer culture for numerous publications, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and Parents. Since 2005, she has written the biweekly consumer column “Shortcuts” for The New York Times business section. She was recently awarded the 2011 Best in Business award for Personal Finance from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

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