Why failure has to be an option

08/19/2010 | Harvard Business Review online

Failure is necessary to learn and innovate, Bob Sutton writes. Employees who are encouraged to be honest about their mistakes actually perform better than those who hide their shortcomings, research suggests. That means bosses should strive to create "an atmosphere of psychological safety," where team members are free to experiment while learning from their errors in order to improve on their performance, he argues.

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