Can mistakes lead to innovation? The revolution of My best failure

Published on Monday, 24 October 2016

“My Best Failure reflects our Open Power spirit. Looking for new products and solutions means risking making mistakes, daring to follow new unknown roads”

– Ernesto Ciorra, Enel Director Innovation and Sustainability

The major strength of My best failure is the change in mentality it involves, setting continual improvement as the common goal of our daily work and stating that today’s success is important only if it lays the foundations for tomorrow’s.  

May the best failure win

On My Best Failure the Enel people can vote for particularly useful mistakes made by their colleagues and reward them.

This original contest enhances those among us who are able to learn from their unsuccessful performances, using them to improve their work and continue along the road of change and innovation.

The authors of the first ten “best failures” were given an award in early September. As part of the prize, these colleagues from Italy, Greece, Russia and Latin America were given the chance to work with a startup partnered with Enel or in an unity within the Group other than their own, as a way to acknowledge and encourage  their openness towards new changes.

“The person who never made a mistake never tried anything new”

– Albert Einstein

We do not fear making mistakes because we know that we have to open up to new experiences and that the world-changing innovations also start from a new and open way of conceiving one’s work.