In Better by Mistake, Alina Tugend offers an entertaining approach on how understanding our mistakes and embracing our imperfections can lead us to a better. Read “Better By Mistake The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong” by Alina Tugend with Rakuten Kobo. New York Times columnist Alina Tugend delivers an . Learn more about the book, Better By Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Seasoned journalist and author Alina Tugend writes about this inherent.

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Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. Popularization of scientific research into the way in which people learn and change from mistakes, from studies of raising resilient children by praising effort and not intrinsic intelligence, EEG scans of people in the process of making incorrect decisions, the checklist system and reductions in surgical mistakes, training air crews to be less deferential and willing to point out error and the all-important convincing political apology.

I felt the book concept was interesting but the writing fell flat and boring. Surveys many interesting ideas.

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Nov 25, Mary rated it liked it Shelves: That said, I probably wouldn’t have read this book if it wasn’t part of this jag I’m currently on. The premise is that we are told as children that we grow through mistakes, but overtime become convinced that mistakes are terrible, crushing events.

tkgend Some people pay attention to mistakes as signals of opportunities for improvement, others are just embarrassed. Finally, the last chapter tackles one of the toughest phrases for most people to say aloud: We can appreciate that we — and they — can’t be perfect, nor is it a goal we should aim for. It might just be a blunder that messes up your workday or causes your spouse to get mad at you or ruins that great cashmere sweater you got on sale hypothetically speaking, of course.

Oct 22, Deb rated it it was amazing. Apr 03, Pages Buy. My only wish is that the chapter titles were better descriptors and there were more internal chapter brea I read this book in an effort to glean some mistakr into how to make mistakes more comfortable for my daughter so I skipped a few chapters and breezed through some of betteg rest.

But just because we’re hardwired one way doesn’t mean we can’t, through a willingness to listen and understand, shift our perceptions. I wrote it, as I say in the book “to explore the tension between the fact we’re taught when young that we learn from mistakes, but the reality is that most of us hate and dread them.


Taking accountability and responsibility for mistakes is how we stop them from happening again–as opposed to our current cultural model who is so fearful of lawsuits, it denies, denies, denies and robs us of the potential for restitching our social fabric positively. I am in the midst of a study of creativity for my new job, and I have just come of doing a bunch of reading on the problem with rewards and grades and such.

Carol Dweck about “mind-set. For instance, many pilots and doctors believe that fatigue and stress don’t cause them to make mistakes. I went to college at U. They may need to make deliberate mistakes to test the limits of their knowledge” Qtd Schoemkare and Gunther 81 “single loop” feedback which compares against a standard and either passes or fails and “double loop” which questions the standard itself 3 classes of human error: She writes that how children view their talents and the ability to improve them through hard work has a lot to do with how they act after they’ve made mistakes.

I was disappointed that the content didn’t live up to the concept. If you’ve already devoured anything written by anyone within five degrees of separation between them and Malcolm Gladwell, this might feel a bit overdone. Nov 06, Dave Burns marked it as to-read Shelves: Research in the area of human error has taught us the importance of figuring out and uncovering the multitude of latent errors that led up to the blatant one.

Perhaps it may add some perspectives and change the environment to a better one, be it the organization, workplace or home.

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Some chapters were quite dull, or covered better in other books such as the chapter on medical errors and errors in aviation. On the other hand, the fact that it still managed to get me to read to the end is a testament to Turgend’s writing abilities. This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post in conjunction with our women’s conference, “The Third Metric: The Trouble with Boys.

And as a whole, our mistakes tend to get punished. Of particular fascination were the medicine and airline chapters, both concepts which I’ve read full books about. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. I thought she was trying to copy Gladwell’s style. The author shows that mistakes are everywhere, and suggests that when we acknowledge and identify them correctly, we can improve not only ourselves, but our families, our work, and the world around us.


The writing in this book wasn’t the most scintillating and normally I’d give it three stars, but I’m adding the extra one because I feel like I’ve actually learned things from it that I’ve been able to put to practical use – something that rarely happens. For instance, in the chapter on apologizing and accepting accountability, Tugend shares an anecdote about Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Better By Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong

We all make our share of those, and that’s okay also. I read this book in an effort to glean some insights into how to make mistakes more comfortable for my daughter so I skipped a few chapters and breezed through some of the rest.

The other books referenced by the author for example. The last chapter looks at apologies, when we should make them and how. Want to buy the book or learn more? The High Impact Leader. In all walks betterr life, we need to identify underlying attitudes that can be harmful and then work hard to change them.

mustake Published March 17th by Riverhead Books first published March 1st tugfnd What’s in a Word: Yes, our children need to succeed, but we have to know — and repeat it to ourselves over and over and over — that they also need to fail. We all make too many assumptions about how we and others act based on what we want to be true, not necessarily on what is true. Experienced managers may become so good at the game they’re used to playing that they no longer see ways to improve significantly.

Chapter 6 tries to figure out how the sexes cope with mistakes. In Better by Mistake, Tugend shows that mistakes are everywhere, and suggests that when we acknowledge and identify them correctly, we can improve not only ourselves, but our families, our work, and the world around us.

For instance, in the chapter on workplace mistakes, Tugend writes: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.