Pinkcast 1.19: Whoops the Monkey
LINKS AND FURTHER READING:
- Kim Scott’s book is Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity (Buy it on Amazon, BN.com, IndieBound, or 8CR). She also writes about the Whoops the Monkey technique here.
- Her monkey of choice is the Flying Screaming Sock Monkey.
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Great idea for innovation and risk aversed culture.
There is no greater repression than leaders who reprimand their staff for screwing up and making mistakes. You create a culture of dishonesty and distrust. People shouldn’t be scared to make mistakes, instead they should embrace them and learn from them.
Thanks Dan and Kim for the content!
Totally agree, really lightens the atmosphere and creates forward motion energy instead of fear and hesitation.
This concept not only changes the paradigm of making mistakes completely, but also – and more importantly – creates an environment that induces sharing those experiences in a very constructive way! I’m taking this simple but effective idea to some of the schools and universities we’re coaching and it will be of great help to boost team trust. Well done!
Thank you — my team will benefit from this idea, indeed the entire culture that it encourages. Glad for the ideas and the introduction to the book — just ordered my copy!
Sounds awesome in a “driving out fear” kind of way!! 🙂
Love it, Dan. Thanks
Thank you for this episode of the Pinkcast, Dan.
What a simple and light-hearted approach to foster authentic communication! As a former stay-at-home mom, I can also see an application for families. Kim’s idea would have reduced tension during family meetings, even when my kids were teenagers. Now that they’re grown, I’ll tell them about the monkey so my grandchildren will benefit from this bit of wisdom.
Thank you for sharing Woops the monkey. It is really a very good idea!
Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful post. Thank you for providing these details.
Thank you for such a detailed sharing, which is an effective exchange, honesty and trust is extremely important
Whoops the Monkey seems like a creative technique that can make a difference…Kim’s webpage about it is a great guide.
We do a lot of work with people who work in physically risky situations. A big part of what we do is encourage open-ness as this is a great way to manage and reduce risk and accidents.
I love the idea of the monkey and making it fun to own up to mistakes. It all helps to reduce the chances of a fatal error happening due to a climate of fear leading people to be closed about learning/sharing errors
This is a great idea and gets us to be more open in our failures. Your book is also great too!