Every Bruise is a Learning Opportunity

Kids run and play almost all day long.

Falling down and bumping into things is very natural. 

Bruises & abrasions (within limits) are all badges of real world learning for your little one. 

When they fall down, and bump their head, their brain starts to wire that this is painful and not to do what they had just done. For the young brain, it might take a couple more tries/bumps for it to really sink it, and every bump/fall is a learning opportunity, first not to do that which cause the bump, but also the brain grows by exploring alternatives to doing the same thing in a different way.

Companies can go back to basics and learn from the original & most natural way of learning. Learning through failing. Too often many companies are bad at failing. It's ok, if its a tiny mistake, that has minimal cost implications. Once it scales up to 10s of thousands of dollars, things change and failure becomes frowned upon. When there is no room for failing, there will be no room for the organization to wire itself up against not to do that thing, it also disallows growth through finding suitable alternatives. 

What can you do? Start at a manageable level, (i.e. Just big enough to make an impact) and empower staff to make decisions and drive projects at that scale. Give them total freedom to try, with only one caveat – come back with a learning on how to make it better. If the project succeeds, everyone is pleased and the process continuous, if the project fails, be aware of what caused the failure and figure out a new way to make it better. 

Does your organization have room for learning by failing? Share if you think it is working and how it can be improved in the comments, I love to hear from you.

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"Parenting is the new MBA: Succeed at work by applying parenting skills” is a column combines of 2 distinct areas of my life: my professional view on workplace management & my personal experience as a parent.

About Edwin Ting

I help brands drive ROI through branding and digital marketing. With 10+ years of China marketing experience across agency, media and ecommerce brand, I have helped various brands drive business in China.

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