Flops happen when you’re coming up with something new. The best learn to mine their mistakes.
Talk. Hash out problems so you can pin down valuable lessons for tomorrow’s success. Discussing snafus is just another — and sometimes the most profitable — way of chatting about innovation, says David Tanner, former director at DuPont’s (DD) Center for Creativity & Innovation and author of “Health Care Innovation.”
“Creativity is something that is hard to understand without examples,” he told IBD. At DuPont, he hosted coffee and cake sessions where researchers and engineers talked through their innovative processes with co-workers — from a-ha to uh-oh. “They would talk about something that they tried and worked — or tried and failed.”
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