Gartner Research

To Innovate More, Define Failure, Not Success

Published: 14 February 2019

ID: G00375458

Analyst(s): Mary Mesaglio

Summary

Successful entrepreneurs would have you believe that if you fail fast, fail forward and fail often, you will get more innovation — and they’re right. But most likely, you’re not a startup, but part of an established organization that probably has a failure-phobic culture. Here’s what CIOs should do.

Table Of Contents
  • 1. Great Innovation Requires Failure. (But You Already Knew That.)
  • 2. Most Humans, Especially the Corporate Kind, Are Wired to Avoid Failure.
  • 3. Not All Failure Is the Same. Some Is Good, Some Is Great, Some Is Bad.
  • 4. Name Your Fears and Seek Out Failure in Small Doses.

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