Mistake Culture with Fun Factor
“‘F***-up nights’ have grown up in
the start-up scene. Speakers present flops from life in a relaxed atmosphere with beer and finger food. We’ve taken up this idea, and this year for the first time, organized a ‘F*** UP’ event – the spelling was changed intentionally – for the Procurement division. Fittingly, it was held at the ‘Büro’ pub. It was nice that the boss, Sancha Garcia, took part as the top speaker. His core message was, among other things, that it’s not a sign of weakness to admit your mistakes, but rather of personal growth. The approximately 45 guests not only laughed a lot, we all also learned something and had great conversations.
Mistakes are important experiences
The idea for our ‘F*** UP in the Office’ came to us after our annual strategy event, where a Best Practice Award was presented. I liked that; I found it inspiring. During a conversation with a coworker that evening, however, we agreed that it would be nice if the opposite case could also be communicated as naturally.
If you don’t allow mistakes,
you miss the chance to grow.
Because what happens to us when we make mistakes? If you don’t get it solved yourself, you usually go to the boss and ask for help. They help, of course, and then that’s it – you don’t talk about it anymore, in contrast to successes that you rightly communicate with pride. But if you don’t allow mistakes, you miss the chance to evolve. A company that doesn’t make mistakes can’t gain experience and improve.
But our ‘F*** UP in the Office’ is about more than just mistake culture. It’s also about reducing barriers, communicating our values and culture, and about team spirit.
Cultural change is like fitness training
I’m currently planning two more ‘F*** UP in the Office’ events. This time, the topic of integrity is set to be explicitly included, and I’m trying to win Ms. Werner as a speaker. Fortunately, employees now also want to act as speakers.
I’m aware that I will not be changing the corporate culture with this kind of event, but each individual influences the culture through his or her actions or omissions. Cultural change is like fitness training: If I look in the mirror every day, I’m not going to see any change, but if I look back over a longer period of time, the picture is going to look different.”
At the “F*** UP in the Office” event, you can
have a hearty laugh at the mistakes of others.