Reward Excellent Failures

Reinvent The Gate
Reinvent The Gate

“Reward excellent failures. Punish mediocre success.” — Phil Daniels, Sydney Executive

This quote inspires the heck out of me.  Seriously.

If ever there was a pervasive vision for risk-taking, this would be the battle cry.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. We have a saying in the Corps…

    If you’re not making mistakes you’re not doing anything.

  2. Yeah, but couldn’t people die if you make a mistake?
    Doesn’t risk taking jeopardize the status quo (consistency) – what the customer expects?

  3. In my business people can die when you do things right too.

    War Rule #1:
    Men die in war.

    War Rule #2:
    You can’t prevent stop rule #1.

    This is why those in power to deploy our forces need to think long and hard before they decide to commit forces…and when they do they need to “come strong or don’t come at all”.

  4. Thank you Skip.

    I knew you’d help illustrate the point. Risk involves risk.

    If it didn’t, we’d have to rename it.

    Thank you for your insights. Seriously. ­čÖé

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