The Other 'F' Word: Failure and Its Importance to Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)
Failure is a reality we encounter every day, in almost every arena. Even the all-star baseball player fails twice as often as he succeeds when he steps into the batter’s box.
Haas professors and co-authors John Danner and Mark Coopersmith believe “the acid test of leadership is fluency in anticipating, mitigating and rebounding from failure.” Their provocative observation is that most organizations and their leaders focus so much on success that they fundamentally flunk failure! Why do business leaders "flunk" in this essential area, and how can they improve?
Join a lively discussion with John Danner that moves failure from taboo to the table as he discusses the subject of his and Mark Coopersmith’s newest course and book, The Other ‘F’ Word: Failure and Its Importance to Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Hear how successful entrepreneurship and inspired leadership can create a healthy appreciation of -- and generate benefits from -- the lessons of failure. Discover the connections between failure and real innovation, and learn about the seven steps you and your organization can take to use failure to improve long-term success.
6:00 – 7:00 Networking Cocktail Reception (light appetizers and drinks included with event ticket)
7:00 – 8:00 “The Other ‘F’ Word” Presentation Followed by Q&A
8:00 – 8:30 Final Mingling
John Danner is Senior Fellow at the Lester Center at UC Berkeley. An experienced management consultant and entrepreneur, John has advised senior executives of multi-billion-dollar international enterprises on strategy, value management and business growth, as well as management teams of emerging ventures on competitive positioning, marketing and product strategy.
John's clients include leading companies in healthcare, energy, entertainment, food products, telecommunications, and information as well as startups in energy management, e-commerce, and supply chain integration. Over the past 30 years, John has designed and successfully launched several new business initiatives for client organizations.
John is a senior moderator for The Aspen Institute and Federal Executive Institute, and conducts seminars on leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship around the world for the school's Center for Executive Education. At Berkeley-Haas John teaches various MBA entrepreneurship and innovation courses, as well as a campus-wide undergraduate course on "Entrepreneurship to Address Global Poverty."
In addition to his consulting and teaching activities, John's career includes experience as an entrepreneur, corporate lawyer, and senior policy advisor at both the state and federal government levels. Earlier in his career, John served as an aide to then-governor Bill Clinton and to US Secretary of Education Shirley Hufstedler. More recently, TED University, a popular component of the TED and TED Global conferences, was his brainchild.
John has received multiple honors for teaching excellence. He is a sought-after commentator for a wide range of media outlets, from The New York Times, The Economist, National Public Radio, and the TED Global and TEDx stage to USA Today and Fox Business News.
John earned JD, MPH, and MA degrees from UC Berkeley and his AB cum laude from Harvard College.