Failure culture does not mean promoting mistakes
When we come across error culture, we often come across a fear: that, who mistakes culture in Company allows or promotes, so that automatically promotes errors.
But that's not the point. Instead, it is still about avoiding mistakes as much as possible - but only by learning together in the team, not by punishment and control. The best way to do this is to read the following 10 tips.
Learning at all levels
Permanent learning processes at all levels are the result. All new findings are immediately incorporated into new training content. This continuous analysis process is also important and future-proof, particularly for successful companies.
In the past, some successful companies have demonstrated how fast it can go without becoming a permanent self-reflection from the flyer to the loser.
Clear game rules
A positive culture of error creates clear rules for all. They apply to everyone, regardless of the level of education and hierarchy, and prevent arbitrariness and different actions in different departments.
They thus create transparency and uniformity throughout the company. All have access to the results of the internal error analysis.
10 error prevention tips
- Reward: Nevertheless, mindful action and the avoidance of mistakes are top priorities. Errors are not made aware to have a "learning source" anymore. The error is not forced. Because not the mistake, but the disclosure of errors and suggestions for improvement will be rewarded.
- All in one boat: There are no fronts and cliques when it comes to detecting and preventing mistakes. Everyone involved, regardless of their position, meets as a partner and not as an opponent in root cause research. Nobody falls in the back of another. All are included equally.
- Leadership: Executives are role models in dealing with mistakes. They remember and maintain the norms and values listed here. They live these values and never act contrary.
- Individual responsibility: Cohesion and backing of supervisors are crucial, but do not release the individual employee from their own responsibility. Everyone takes their responsibility in avoiding mistakes and making suggestions for improvement.
- Documentation: Knowing how it came to the mistake, what exactly happened and what is being done to avoid the mistake in the future, is considered a valuable resource. Errors are therefore documented and thus represent an important part of the knowledge management of a company.
- Objectives are made transparent: Also the goals of the error documentation are clearly communicated. It communicates why it is important for everyone not only to be open about mistakes, but also to help with the documentation - and thus with the anchoring in the general corporate memory. It is about shared experience rather than individual punishment as a goal.
- Permanent training: The findings from the error analysis are continuously incorporated into the training process. In workshops and other in-house training activities, the content is constantly being adapted; Thus, the error culture is also part of the continuing education culture in the company. This also makes everyone aware of the importance of "lifelong" learning.
- The view over the horizon: Creativity and visionary thinking are promoted and valued positively. Those who are not afraid of failure also dare to go new ways. Only a fearless climate enables the development of new, creative approaches - even if they seem so absurd and fantastic at first.
- Learning to live with the consequences of error culture: Of course, this culture of mistakes, anchored in the value system of a company, leads to constant, albeit often small, changes.
- The end of control addiction: For many, this steady letting go of the familiar makes it difficult to get involved-in-new. But together and with the support of leadership and ongoing motivation, the new approach to change succeeds. Anyone who understands changes and can understand new measures will slowly change his perspective. The goal is for all employees to perceive changes predominantly positively.
Anyone who promotes a positive culture of error does not necessarily cause more mistakes. Rather, it promotes shared learning that ultimately leads to greater avoidance of mistakes. And that should always be the goal of the matter!
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