Greetings from Copenhagen

Greetings from Copenhagen! I am here for the Innovation Roundtable Summit—the largest gathering of corporate Innovation executives in the world.

Mark Coopersmith at Innovation Roundtable Summit 2019

I just delivered a keynote address on the closing of Day 1, giving an updated take on The Other “F” Word. 

When my coauthor John Danner and I released our book, The Other “F” Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work in 2015, I thought we failure value cycle graphic from innovation roundtable summitwould have two or, at most, three years of interest in our book and the related frameworks for cultivating a more productive relationship with failure and accelerate innovation and growth.

However, with new examples being created every day, the topic of failure continues to generate interest at home in Berkeley and the Silicon Valley, as well as abroad.

Current illustrations I included in in my address and workshop ranged from Boeing to WeWork to more positive examples.

While I was here, I also had the good fortune to meet Dr. Samuel West, founder of the Museum of Failure.

Dr. Samuel West and Mark Coopersmith

Dr. Samuel West, founder of the Museum of Failure (left) and Mark Coopersmith, author of The Other “F” Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work (right)

His museum shows that “For every mega-success like the Apple iPhone, VCR and Ford Mustang, there’s a couple of Newtons, Betamaxes and Edsels that crashed and burned before them.” 

kodak's first digital camera at the museum of failure

Kodak’s first digital camera (exhibit from the Museum of Failure)

The Museum of Failure hopes to convey that the acceptance of failure is necessary in order for innovation and progress to truly succeed—a message I can get behind! 

In case you missed them, here are a few recent posts from my blog on the topics of innovation and failure:

Innovation vs Entrepreneurship

The Innovation Conundrum

Invitation to Innovation Roundtable Summit

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