Leading Change: Breaking Through the Fear of Mistakes

One of the most underestimated reasons for change to fail is the fear of failure.  Fear of failure can be deeply embedded in the organization. In the way targets are set, in the way performance and success is managed, in the way people are empowered, in the way people and teams deal with responsibility. And many organizations are not aware of this fear and its consequences.

Throughout our lives we are ‘trained’ to avoid mistakes. If you want to do something good you do it right. If you make a mistake it goes wrong. So you avoid making mistakes. These ‘training’ starts already at school where the teacher very clearly shows us with his red marker what mistakes we made.



About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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