Thursday, 26 July 2012
In Organisational Learning, as in Climbing, nobody is going to push the limits unless there is some safeguard in the event of failure.
If the climber did not have a safety rope, then ascents like this would never be attempted. And failure, in the climbing context, just shows how hard you are trying. OK, falling is embarrassing, and momentarily scary, but rarely kills you nowadays, unless you climb without a rope. And you learn from what you did wrong, get right back up there, and succeed the next time.
Similarly at work - you won't achieve anything new unless the fear of failure is removed. There need to be contingencies, and backup plans, and enough of a safe culture, and safe processes, that allow you to analyse the failure, learn from it, and succeed the next time.
If failure killed you, or your career, nobody would take a risk.