If you’re asking why on earth would we do something crazy like rewarding failure, you should probably start here.
Where we want innovation, there must be failure. The problem is detaching shame from failure and making it ok to try things and fail at work. We’ve looked at writing a Failure CV and how Hackathon’s made failure ok at Facebook. Now lets take a look at how some companies go as far rewarding failure.
In his book ‘The Best Place To Work’ Ron Friedman shares the story of Sarah Blakey the founder of Spanx. The now billionaire founder credits her father with her success. As a child, at dinner each night, her father would ask them what did you fail at today?”. This redefined failure for Blakey:
“Instead of failure being the outcome, failure became not trying. And it forced me, at a young age to want to push myself so much further out of my comfort zone.”
More and more we are seeing businesses take steps to acknowledge and then reward failure:
You can find 8 examples of rewarding failure here.
How can you make failure ok by rewarding it?