Simple Math & The Biggest Mistake Adults Make

Good Morning,
Welcome to the new class of Innovation College Graduates.
They are on the path  to Black Belt certification.
Simple Math
A new study finds...
 
Innovators forecast that they will grow 3X more than non innovators over next 5 years .
They are also...
3X more likely to say Innovation is Urgent (67% versus 19%)
3X more likely to Collaborate
Have a Strategic Focus to their innovation (79% versus 47%)
Focus on twice as many "LEAP" innovations versus "CORE" Innovations
Innovate Business model not just products and services (79% versus 59%)
The Biggest Mistake Adults Make
This excerpt is from Dr. Russell Ackoff  of the Wharton School - expert in systems theory.

All through school we are taught that making a mistake is a bad thing. We are downgraded for them. When we graduate and enter the real world and the" organizations that occupy it, the aversion to mistakes continues. As a result one tries"either to avoid them or, if one is made, to conceal it or transfer blame to another. We pay a high price for this because one can only learn from mistakes; by identifying and correcting them. 

One does not learn from doing something right; one already knows how to do it. By doing something right one gets confirmation of what one already knows but no new knowledge. (I told the Innovation College class this last week but I don't think they bought it) The fact that schools are more interested in teaching than in learning is apparent from their failure to determine if students learn from their mistakes. Once they are graded based on the number of mistakes they make, the teacher presses on, does not check to determine whether the student has learned from the mistakes made.

Schools, including business schools, do not even reveal the fact that there are two kinds of mistakes.

Errors of commission: doing something that should not have been done.

Errors of omission: not doing something that should have been done.

Errors of omission, lost opportunities, are generally more critical than errors of commission. Organizations fail or decline more frequently because of what they did" not do than because of what they did. 

The type of accounting that all organizations use accounts for only the lesser" important errors, those of commission. If something wrong is done, it eventually shows up in the books. For example, when Kodak bought Sterling Drugs and eventually had to sell it, the loss involved was conspicuous in its books. But errors of omission never appear “in the books.” The fact that Kodak failed to acquire Xerox when it could have, never appears in its books.

So - what are you NOT DOING - that you should be doing?
This week would be a good time to start :)
Have a great week
Doug