"My first reaction when reading (yesterday's) post was that all too often, mistakes are connected to sloppy work or an unwillingness to truly commit to the project vs. working thoroughly and intelligently on a risky or innovative project that ultimately didn't meet its goals.
Maybe I'm being cynical but I believe that there are different types of mistakes, as well as different types of failure. How do we not confuse the two? Because, "So I made a mistake? Why are you upset?" can't always be the excuse."
Excellent questions. Here are my thoughts:
It's important to separate the decision to do an idea with a higher degree or risk from the execution of that idea. Risk taking is acceptable, poor execution isn't. So I think it's reasonable to have someone who is about to take on a big idea clearly explain the logic behind their actions and the plan they have for getting things done.
Then, once someone has a given their plan they should be held accountable for the execution. So the whole "I made a mistake" thing doesn't become a crutch they can lean on because mistakes in execution just can't be tolerated.
Risk, execution and accountability have to go together.