Innovation Process



Freedom to Fail Forward

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Vadim Kotelnikov

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Failure is a friend of the man thinking and an enemy of the man emotional.

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Moving into an Unknown Territory

Innovators, intrapreneurs  and change leaders must have freedom to experiment and, naturally, freedom to fail because experimentation is about moving into an unknown territory. Freedom to fail forward means a freedom to explore, venture, experiment and succeed in uncharted territory.



Creating anything new is a trial and error process by its very nature.

The key to success is to treat both noble failures and unexpected successes as highly valuable feedback, ask learning SWOT questions and act on the answers to them.

  Freedom To Fail Forward - Innovation Tree - fail small to succeed big


Vadim Kotelnikov quotes Innovators vs Managers Innovators succeed by breaking rules managers follow rules

In radical innovation, every step forward is a step into terra incognita where opportunities are guides and failures are teachers.

Risk is a just an easy choice between fear of falling down and a chance to take off.




Vadim Kotelnikov advice quotes

Risk is a just an easy choice between fear of falling down and a chance to take off.

Vadim Kotelnikov

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Inspiration quote If you don't change the World why do you exist at all? Vadim Kotelnikov

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"I Have a Difference To Make!"

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Noble Failure as a Primary Vehicle for Success

Noble failure provides a great learning opportunity and should be viewed as a very lifeblood of success. In innovation and change efforts, it is only by trying lots of initiatives that you can improve your chances that one of them will be a real breakthrough.

Intelligent failure provides a great learning opportunity and leads to success. It is through seeming failures and turning failures to opportunities that most of greatest successes are achieved. It is by trying lots of disruptive initiatives that you can improve your chances that one of them will be a star... More




To Let or Not To Let?

All you do by not letting your people fail is postpone the growth of your business. Why? Because the more you fail, the more you succeed. You learn from taking action, from your mistakes, from feedback, from getting going.

Making mistakes is essential to innovation and organizational growth, as long as systems are developed to avoid making the same mistake twice.

"Real motivation comes from within. People have to be given the freedom to succeed or fail." ~ Gordon Forward

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9 Signs of a Losing Organization

Discouraging Culture: lack of trust; blame culture; focus on problems, not opportunities; diversity is not celebrated; failures are not tolerated... More

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Create a Culture for Innovation

Empower employees. Create a culture of questioning; encourage risk taking; give your people freedom to experiment, fail, and restart... More



Learn from Feedback and Advance

According to NLP, there is no failure, only feedback.

Actually, it is only through seeming failures that most of greatest successes in life and business are achieved. Like beauty, "failure" or "success" is in the eye of the beholder. If you fall short of reaching a goal, ask Learning SWOT Questions and see how you can emerge stronger from this experience. How can you prevent such failures in future? Can you turn this "failure" to an opportunity? How could this "failure" and the lessons learned from it be turned to a longer term success?





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Vadim Kotelnikov, Founder


Vadim Kotelnikov advice quotes

Don't talk about problems, talk about opportunities.

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Ksenya Kotelnikova

Fail slower to learn more.

 Ksenya Kotelnikova

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I don't learn from failures because I want to make my fate laugh.

Dennis Kotelnikov

Carolline Ballweg advice quotes

Think different Break rules Create future


Peter Chikumba

Failure is a friend only when you can see a business opportunity.

Peter Chikumba



One World One Way Many Paths cultural differences East vs. West

One World, One Way, Many Paths

Vadim Kotelnikov, Founder


Lao Tzu advice quotes teachings

Failure is the foundation of success,
and the means by which it is achieved.

Lao Tzu

Oscar Wilde humorous quotes

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

Oscar Wilde

Thomas Edison advice quotes invention discovery

I have not failed 700 times. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.  >>>

Thomas Edison

Albert Einstein quotes

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

Albert Einstein

Dale Carnegie quotes

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.


Soichiro Honda quotes

Success is 99% failure.

Soichiro Honda

Akio Morita advice quotes Sony

Donít be afraid to make a mistake. But make sure you donít make the same mistake twice.

Akio Morita

Michael Dell advice

Encourage people to take risk. Make sure that people aren't afraid of the possibility of failure, do a lot of experiments and learn from failures.

Michael Dell

Robert Kiyosaki quotes

Your choices decide your fate. Take the time to make the right ones. If you make a mistake, thatís fine; learn from it and donít make it again.


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Break rules and "fail forward" so that change is part of the culture, and little setback is experienced... More

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