You don't read about failure very often. And I'm not just talking about ideas that don't see the light of day. I'm talking about people too. Why is this? What are we afraid of? After all, it's not as if it's unknown. Most companies -- indeed, most people -- fail more often than they succeed. It is the proverbial elephant-in-the-boardroom. And yet by being scared of failure, we are missing a great opportunity.
We've all felt it from time to time -- the anticipation of getting an autograph from a childhood hero, the nervous energy before making a sales call with the major industry player, the one-of-a-kind rush and paralysis that comes from feeling just a bit out of your league.
Good things are happening in the world of design and innovation. One of the best is INDEX, a new world event for design and innovation to be held, like the Olympics, every four years; it is also an international network of designers, organizations, and institutions that collaborate in disseminating and applying the latest knowledge within the field of design.
Congratulations to the Fast Company team for ranking among the American Society of Magazine Editors' recently announced list of the top 40 magazine covers of the last four decades. Clocking in at No. 37, our August 1997 cover for the Brand Called You issue.
Is the pandemic of bankruptcies actually changing our national perspective on corporate mortality in some fundamental way? It's an important question to ask, given the frequency of once-iconic brands turning into corporate panhandlers, at the mercy of creditors and the courts.