On this episode, my guest, Jim Van Over, and I talk about the necessity of failure for innovation. We discuss how human innovation inherently coexists with failure, the ways organizations and leadership can approach failure for growth, and how Elon Musk gamifies innovation.
A futurist and technologist, Jim is a proud member of the Chief Innovation Office for
ServiceNow. In his role, Jim challenges the status quo of the world of work by encouraging new
ways of thinking for ServiceNow’s partners, clients, and customers. As a hands-on practitioner, he is passionate about always learning, never standing still, and helping people. In addition, he
is a founding member of Work Forward, a movement dedicated to putting the future of work in
the present. His previous career was as a virtual reality producer for such companies as Fox,
Google, Warner Bros., and Syncopy Inc. His hobbies include building PCs, cooking, and wine
Connect with my guest:
You can follow Jim on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Clubhouse @jimvanover
To learn more about ServiceNow, visit their website at https://www.servicenow.com/
[01:03] Jim and Natalie on Work Forward
[03:07] The Intersection of Innovation and Failure
[07:04] Setting Up Learning Through Failure in Organizations
[12:58] Shifting The Way Organizations and Leaders Think About Failure
[16:38] Small Penalties for Failure
[19:17] Final Words
“ Taking innovation at its core definition, that is to say, the introduction of something new, human innovation inherently coexists with failure.” - Jim Van Over
“Innovation without failure-celebration is not a growth mindset.” - Jim Van Over
“I typically find that leaders that don't allow for failure also don't allow for innovation.” - Natalie Born
“I see every conversation as an opportunity to become a trusted subject matter
expert, to share my opinions on the future of work and technology by reimagining digital and human evolution through storytelling and thought leadership. Using real-world experience as a co-innovator, I challenge C-level executives to reimagine old perceptions, realize their transformation vision, and achieve success. While my conversations are always tailored to the needs of those involved, regular topics include the connected human, digital evolution, artificial intelligence, hyper-automation, consumerization of the enterprise, and the future of work.” - Jim Van Over
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