30-Second MBA If You're Not Making Mistakes, You're Not Pushing Hard Enough Patti Hart, CEO of International Game Technology, says that all too often, executives try to avoid making mistakes. That is a mistake. By Lydia Dishman For more bite-sized bits of wisdom on leadership and strategies for success, explore our ongoing video series at 30 Second MBA. Add New Comment Log In Submit 1 Comments Kevin Melahn 2 years ago Ms Hart has certainly made mistakes in her three year reign of error at IGT, so she knows her subject well. Firing most of the experienced staff and draining the company's institutional memory, hiring losers from other industries who never attempt to learn about the gaming business, driving employee morale to the company's lowest level - yes, Ms Hart knows about making mistakes, but little about learning from them. She has surrounded herself with doting stooges, so it is unclear how her mistakes are communicated to her. Maybe she thinks she hasn't fired enough people, hired enough C suite nitwits, or maybe she just reads the stock price over the last two years to understand "that mistakes were made". By someone.