And then there's always Thomas Edison who is quoted as saying "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
Edison must have had a lot of time on his hands because today I wonder if we actually have the time or patience to make 9,999 mistakes..and would our clients hold their breath while we go about making them? I doubt it.
Here's Tim Brunelle's thoughts:
Neils Bohr, the physicist, is said to have said, "An expert is [someone] who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field."
We are a culture, here in the U.S., which worships expertise; which suggests we ought to embrace failure.
The question is, have our experts failed enough to know what they're talking about?
Has the team at BP failed enough to convey expertise in their field?
Have the folks on Wall Street failed enough to convince the rest of us they really know the effects of derivatives and hedges?
Has the current administration failed enough in Afghanistan and Iraq to begin not failing?
Has your enterprise failed enough to have learned the lesson?