Named #1 Best Business Book of 2011, by Patriot-News
If you have ever flown in an airplane, used electricity from a nuclear power plant, or taken an antibiotic, you have benefited from a brilliant mistake. Each of these life-changing innovations was the result of many missteps and an occasional brilliant insight that turned a mistake into a surprising portal of discovery. There are countless books that tell you how to avoid mistakes. Now, in Brilliant Mistakes, Paul Schoemaker, founder and chairman of Decision Strategies International, shares critical insights on the surprising benefits of making well-chosen mistakes.
Brilliant Mistakes explores:
- Why minimizing mistakes may be the greatest mistake of all
- Situations when mistakes are most beneficial and when they should be avoided
- The counter-intuitive idea that we should deliberately permit errors at times
- How to make the most of “brilliant” mistakes to improve business results
Brilliant Mistakes is based on solid academic research and insights from Paul’s work with more than 100 organizations, as well as his provocative Harvard Business Review article (with Robert Gunther) “The Wisdom of Deliberate Mistakes.” Paul provides a practical roadmap for using mistakes to accelerate learning for your organization and yourself.
“A roadmap for using business failures to generate path-breaking innovations…. Schoemaker presents broad and deep perspectives on why mistakes remain underutilized portals of discovery in most organizations. Although it may disrupt your mental models, this engaging, wide-ranging, and innovative book is a must-read.”
“All of us, from educators to CEOs, will profit from taking to heart Schoemaker’s messages—this book is both brilliant and fun to read.”
“In Brilliant Mistakes, Schoemaker brilliantly pulls off a tricky three-way balance: a solid grounding in behavioral and managerial research, engaging and entertaining examples from many endeavors (business, sports, physics, medicine, music, art, literature), and clear and concrete recommendations for how to make the right kind of mistakes and how to extract the gold that’s in them.”
“Elegantly combining stories, personal insights, and practical models, Schoemaker offers both notable inspiration and fine guidance to those in pursuit of true innovation. Not reading this book will be a mistake—and not a brilliant one!”
“Brilliant Mistakes tackles the hardest stage of the innovation process, namely challenging the current business model and seeing opportunities before others do (box 3 in my terminology).”
“This is a must-read for anyone seeking both perfection and innovation; short-term performance and long-term learning; the pride of excellence and the humility to make deliberate mistakes; and the tolerance for many dumb mistakes to produce a few brilliant ones.”
“Essential.…With his customary wit and analytic sharpness, Paul Schoemaker explains how to identify and encourage the sort of high-risk, high-return ‘mistakes’ that can open up new markets, create strategic opportunities, and invigorate organizations.”
“Mining mistakes often yields great value immediately, but more importantly, it will change your company’s culture to embrace innovation and risk taking over the long run.”
“Brilliant Mistakes offers a creative and practical road map for designing and learning from mistakes.”
“In intriguing style—and with examples from many fields—Paul Schoemaker shows not only how to profit from mistakes but also what kinds of mistakes can lead to better learning and innovation.…A great read. Bravo!”
“Schoemaker lays the foundation for corporations to fundamentally alter their DNA by teaching us how to reframe our thinking about mistakes by making them a part of our accepted ‘rules of engagement’.…A DIY handbook for every leader seeking to make a difference.”
“An utterly brilliant book… Kudos to Schoemaker for highlighting such an important aspect of creating value from unexpected outcomes! It is a must-read for every researcher and innovation leader in every organization.”
The Mistake Bank, September 06, 2013
Paul Schoemaker's "Brilliant Mistakes": Mistakes as Strategic Assets
Schoemaker’s book is a highly strategic look at mistakes…. To Schoemaker, mistakes are tools for understanding the world, learning more quickly, and discovering deep insights.
HREonline.com, June 03, 2013
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Penn Gazette, July 03, 2012
To Err Is Divine
In his new book Brilliant Mistakes: Finding Success on the Far Side of Failure, published by Wharton Digital Press, Schoemaker proposes an idea that will churn the stomachs of perfectionists everywhere: make mistakes on purpose, and make them often.
The Wharton Magazine, February 23, 2012
Test Your Ability to Make Brilliant Mistakes
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December 16, 2011
Brilliant Mistakes Named "Best Business Book of the Year"
Wharton Digital Press is proud to announce that Brilliant Mistakes: Finding Success on the Far Side of Failure, by Paul J. H. Schoemaker, received “#1 Best Business Book of the Year” kudos from the Patriot-News PennLive.com.
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