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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:58 PM

Malibu firm's Failure Wall lets workers learn from their mistakes

Malibu firm's Failure Wall lets workers learn from their mistakes
Jeff Stibel, head of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. in Malibu, believes that you have to be willing to fail to succeed so he has all of his employees write on a Failure Wall.



What if you were asked to write your failures on a wall, in indelible ink, for everyone to see?

Would you make a confession? Would you bare your soul?

What if the person doing the asking was your boss?

Jeff Stibel, chief executive of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., likes to keep his Malibu headquarters hopping.

He came up with the Failure Wall one night late in 2010 when he was having a glass of wine with his wife.

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"But when I fail, I always know why I failed and I usually don't make that mistake twice."

Why not, he said, encourage creative risk by embracing failures and the lessons to be learned from them?

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beat-failure-wall-20130127,0,691052.story

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 04:12 PM

1. Not much risk in doing that if you're the CEO

Not so for the underlings

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 04:45 PM

2. Oh jolly good let's stick it to the

peons again.

We can even set up camera and watch them while we sit around smoking cigars and drinking brandy.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 06:54 PM

3. failure flair

"You only have 5 failures on the wall."

"We only have to put 5 failures on the wall."

"Yes, that's the minimum. We encourage our employees to express themselves. If you feel comfortable with only doing the minimum, well, we'd just like you to want to write down more failures. Look at Brian, he has 14 failures written on the wall."

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