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Wharton Digital Press  |  November 8, 2011

New Book: Brilliant Mistakes

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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.

For more information, visit Brilliant Mistakes.