Several years ago a colleague of mine, Iain, asked a senior executive who was visiting our site if he could share any stories about folk within the company who'd been rewarded despite failing. 

He couldn't. In fact, although the exec was respected and articulate and clearly very capable the question flummoxed him.  Which was strange since the company's leaders often said they wanted people to take sensible risks and said we shouldn't fear failing.  

Iain's question was, I think, rather clever. 

 

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