This book is about mistakes and what we can learn from them. It faces up to, and explains how organizations can escape from ’blame cultures’, where fearful conformance and risk avoidance lead to stagnation, to ’gain cultures’ which tolerate and even encourage mistakes in the pursuit of innovation, change and improvement. Ending the Blame Culture was written as a result of systematic analysis of the content of over 200 accounts of real mistakes within businesses and organizations. This analysis provides both insight and understanding into the type of mistakes made, the context they were made in and how they helped learning and development. As a result the authors are able to distinguish between intelligent and undesirable mistakes: those which should be tolerated and those which must be avoided. The result is a book which gives sound advice on how individuals learn, practical measures that organizations can adopt to enhance learning through better management of mistakes, and the promotion of a culture which supports and fosters experimentation and risk taking.
Table of Contents
Contents: Chris Swinson’s Biggest Mistake. Part 1 Coming to Terms with Mistakes: The importance of learning from mistakes - Tony Fraher’s Biggest Mistake; Facing up to mistakes - Edward Simon’s Biggest Mistake; Mistakes people make - a study - Carl Snitcher’s Biggest Mistake; Lessons learned from mistakes - David Arnold’s Biggest Mistake. Part 2 Harnessing the Positive Power of Mistakes: Learning from mistakes made by organizations - David Bruce’s Biggest Mistake; Cultivating intelligent mistakes in a gain culture - Geoff Morrow’s Biggest Mistake; How we can learn from our mistakes - Gerry Cottle’s Biggest Mistake; Freedom to make mistakes: some examples of breaking with convention - Michael Day’s Biggest Mistake; Managing the positive power of mistakes - Norman Adsetts’ Biggest Mistake; The authors’ mistakes; What have you learned from this book? Personal reflection and feedback form; Further reading; Index.
Michael Pearn, Chris Mulrooney and Tim Payne are all consultants with occupational psychologists, Pearn Kandola. Previous publications include Learning Organizations in Practice and Job Analysis.
' ... full of important tips for HR specialists seeking to create a supportive learning culture.' People Management 'This highly readable book, with often amusing accounts of individuals' mistakes (including the authors' own) is equally applicable to individuals as well as to organizations.' Strategic Communication Management ' ... offers advice and practical measures to help organisations enhance learning by managing mistakes and promote a culture which supports and fosters experimentation and risk taking.' Business Books Direct Catalogue 'Overall this is an easily digestible book and pulls together some interesting ideas which are very practical. Well worth looking at.' Journal of Managerial Psychology ' ... extremely interesting for both the conceptual and practical arguments it offers, is well presented and sufficiently supported by an extensive literature. I strongly recommend it to every reader, especially those who have made mistakes. They will feel relieved to realise that making mistakes means being alive and that learning from them means continuous self-improvement and personal advancement.' Professional Manager '... the reader benefits enormously from the others' wrongdoing. The book is extremely interesting for both the conceptual and practical arguments: it is both well presented and is supported by an extensive literature. I strongly recommend the book to every reader, to everyone that has made a mistake and has been well aware of it.' From Corex (Centre for Organizational Excellence) Website