July 17, 2006

News & Opinion: Oops.

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 9:35 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

It seems the topic of learning through failure is a common way as of late. "Eureka, We Failed!" was the key title for a recent BusinessWeek issue and a Forbes interview was on "The Science of Flops". Which is where I heard about the book Oops: 20 Life Lessons from the Fiascos That Shaped America.

Some of the featured "failures":
  • The Dodge La Femme -- I wish I was around for this one. It sounds like quite an interesting marketing plan with coordinated raincoats and lipstick tubes. That's great.
  • Ten-cent Beer Night with the Cleveland Indians baseball team and it ended in a riot.
  • Leisure suits

The concluding question and comment are the best:

Forbes: It seems most of the people responsible for the failures in your book escaped the fallout.

Author Kiger: America is a place where you can do something really dumb and have a second act.

Ah. It's great to be an American with second chances.