As an employee, I always thought that mistakes were something that should be avoided at almost all costs because you would incur the wrath of your boss or be fired or some such thing.
As an employer, I saw that same trait in my own employees, and actually it vexed me. After I thought about it for a while, I realized entrepreneurs and employees view mistakes VERY differently. For entrepreneurs, mistakes were actually a vital part of the learning experience.
I was quite glad therefore to read the article You Can’t Win if You’re Not Willing to Wreck, which said the same thing. In the article, Wil Schroter pointed out that fear is often the limiting factor when we are trying something new. It’s fear of failure that haunts us. And the ones who are haunted the most? Employees? Could be.