What happens when you take pro kayakers Erik Boomer and Tyler Bradt, both just back from major expeditions, and turn them and their girlfriends loose in California with a pile of NRS gear, a cherry VW camper and a dream catcher from a gas station in Nevada?
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You must reward people for failing, he says. If not, they won’t take risks and make breakthroughs. If you don’t reward failure, people will hang on to a doomed idea for fear of the consequences. That wastes time and saps an organisation’s spirit.
Finding new transformational ideas is like sending out a team of scouts to explore uncharted terrain for new mountains to climb, he says.
"If you shame them when they come back, if you tell them that they’ve failed you because they didn’t find a mountain, no matter how diligently they looked for or how cleverly they looked for it, those scouts will quit your company."
“That’s it. That’s my Dad.”
I love John Schneider. I watched Dukes of Hazard in syndication when I was 3 or 4 (I loved that car), but I really know him as Jonathan Kent on Smallville.
You guys know I love Superman, and Superman is the person he is because of his parents. John Schneider was a great Pa Kent.
Reading the story that went along with these photos broke my heart.
(photo by Jeremy Cowart)
Read the story.
One sec—there seems to be something in my eye…
Bad British American Football Commentary
If this were really the commentary, I might actually watch the sportsing happen.
What to do? In many cultures, the father simply walks away. But Utah has a strong family culture. And despite how much we’d all like to go down to the corner store for a pack of cigarettes and never come back, personal responsibility is seen as a positive force in our society. What many parents seek is a good excuse to split.
So this Utah dad did what so many others long to do: He signed up to go to Mars, forever, on a one-way trip.
Next time I want to spend a Saturday morning kayaking, maybe I should point out that at least I’m not trying to go to Mars.
Then again…maybe not.
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