Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with FailureAdapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by Tim Harford

I just finished listening to the audio version of this book. It was a fascinating exploration of why people fail and how to learn from failure, both personally and corporately.

There are great sections on failures, including the failure, and subsequent success of the US forces in Iraq, and the explosions on the drilling rigs Piper Alpha in the North Sea and Deep Water Horizons in the Gulf of Mexico, and the global financial crisis in 2008. There is also extensive discussions on corporations like Google and Lockheed Martin that allow employees to experiment, creating lots of failures, but also enough successes to make it all worthwhile.

Overall, it was a great introduction to failures, a topic that we don’t like to discuss!

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