There’s not a lot to add to this Dilbert cartoon from Thursday. It’s one thing to SAY your business strategy encourages risk taking in order to be more innovative. Punishing any mistake (and the related learning opportunities), however, will ensure you won’t really have any innovation in your organization. And that sucks for everybody involved! – Mike Brown


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4 Responses to “Dilbert on a Risk Taking Strategy”

  1. I don’t see people getting “punished” for making mistakes in an obvious way. It is much more subtle – not getting promoted or rewarded or put on the next important project. Changing the culture to actually celebrate “learning opportunities” is much more difficult.

    • Mike Brown says:

      Great point Rich!

      The cartoon is certainly an exaggerated situation where a boss would explicitly say they were going to punish an employee for any type of mistake. The punishment does often happen in subtle ways, but I’ve also seen rather public firings take place in the workplace as a way to punish people who appear to not be on the program.

      My advice to people in these types of situations is that the message from management should be taken as the instigator to go someplace else where risk taking and growth are appreciated and supported!

  2. This is exactly why I love Dilbert: continuously pointing the hypocrisy of stupid bosses the world over.


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