Error as an advantage

Ton Carrera by Ton Carrera
Error as an advantage

In many cultures and societies, error is understood and perceived as a blemish that marks the failure of a career or its potential development. This conception is reflected in the structure and functioning of the companies in these societies. This perception that stigmatizes the error generates great problems beyond what we can imagine.

Error in the business environment generates a culture of denial and fear. When error is taken as a stigma, individuals inevitably tend to deny their responsibility and/or avoid risks that could be a blemish on their career. Managers avoid an objective analysis of their decisions by trying to attribute the deviation of their plans to external or internal factors beyond their control. Teams limit their desire to innovate and generate change through fear of subsequent negative repercussions.

Error as fear creates guilt by blocking innovation and business learning

Error as a driver of change and the achievement of higher goals. The search for responsibility must start not so much from a search for condemnation of the wrong actions but from the cause of the error in order to reach valid conclusions that improve the skills and know-how of the company or organization. Changing the fear of error into a desire for risk, always within a framework of certainty, encourages innovation and competitiveness.

The existence of errors does not determine the validity of the professional but the systematic repetition of them. When a professional faces situations of uncertainty or intends to make substantial changes in search of improvement, it is normal that he or she makes mistakes. Each step in an unknown environment can be more or less firm, which will determine the excellence of that professional will be his or her ability to learn from each stumbling block so that his or her trajectory will be increasingly firm and decisive.

Transforming the perception of error brings a significant competitive advantage to any organization

The transformation of an organization in the most basic concepts and how the members perceive them brings great advantages and greater competitiveness in the market. The error as one of the concepts most linked to innovation and change is one of them. It is not always easy to change the perceptions that in many cases are deeply rooted in society, but being able to overcome a condemning attitude is an essential and transforming part of any organization.