One of the things about failure is that it’s asymmetrical with respect to time. When you look back and see failure, you say, ‘It made me what I am!’ But looking forward, you think, ‘I don’t know what is going to happen and I don’t want to fail.’ The difficulty is that when you’re running an experiment, it’s forward looking. We have to try extra hard to make it safe to fail.
Author: Ed Catmull
Source: McKinsey Quarterly
Subjects: Leadership, Management, Organizational Behavior, Personality / Behavior, Success / Failure