It’s your first month as manager of your department. You’ve worked hard to get this promotion and you could not be prouder of yourself. As you walk into your first training workshop, you have every intention of making it known that you will not allow any mistakes from your staff. You consider the fact that you always had to be on your toes and were never allowed to make a mistake. You believe this challenge helped propel you into the position of manager after only two years at the company. To you, not allowing mistakes from your staff will only push them to be and do better. But what if this outlook is, in fact, quite antiquated and counter-productive? Will your staff actually be able to learn and grow if they never make mistakes?
Close your eyes for a moment and visualize a workplace where employees are actually allowed to make errors and use those blunders as launching pads to be and do better. Can’t picture it? Not seeing the logic in such a free range approach? Understandable, as you may be worried about the fact that mistakes can be costly, not only financially but also in terms of public perception. However, before you reject this idea, bear in mind that some of the best inventions — inventions that have revolutionized the world and saved lives — were brought about by slip-ups.
Here are just a few: