Innovation and culture of failure

Hi all,

here I am again talking anything but networking. Sorry but I can’t help it, these things really get me excited.

I’ve been reading two AMAZING books that I wholeheartedly recommend you all to read:

Both these books are great, for various different reasons.

The first is a very deep analysis of the neuroscience that have to do with “innovation”, including what is required to consider yourself one, what it takes to deliver innovation and why usually people fail.

Also: read the famous article that the authors wrote on the Harvard Business Review here:
The second is focused on the comparison between the aviation industry – where failure has historically been used to improve flight safety both in terms of building quality of airports and planes, but especially in terms of procedures, encouragement of all crew members to speak up if something goes wrong – and the health system around the world, where often times failure is re-branded as “accident” or “unforseen event”, blaming every death caused by medical errors onto the (dead) patient, without the medical staff to take on the appropriate analysis, thus being able to improve procedures, trainings, etc.

I found the explanation of the concept of “cognitive dissonance” particularly powerful and poignant. We see it everyday at work, at home, with friends.
Have you ever been in a conversation where, despite presenting factual proof of something, your interlocutor thought that what you were reporting was actually a proof of his own views, where he completely twisted the meaning of what you had just explained?

That’s cognitive dissonance, a close relative of the “confirmation bias” so well explained by Charles Duhigg in the “Power of Habit”.

This wasn’t meant to be a post where I tell you everything that it’s written in those books, but just a small teaser to encourage everyone of you to spend your time reading them.

They’re well worth it! Promise!

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