Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Permission to fail

We often hear that managers want "permission to fail"; or that more progressive organizations convey "permission to fail"


I suggest some caution: "permission to fail" in most instances means "permission to take a risk" that might have good payoff, but which also might not work out. If it doesn't, there may be harm, but at least no foul.

It never means "permission to be incompetent", or not to be up to the job.