Five Ways To Make Failure Your Best Competitive Advantage

A few weeks ago I wrote about Why Failure Is The Best Competitive Advantage. We have long been taught to avoid and run from failure but a big part of the future of work is embracing failure because ultimately this is what leads to innovation. The benefits of doing so: increases innovation, improves engagement, removes inefficiencies, and provides valuable learning opportunities. In part one of this post I talked about the “why” and today I want to talk about the “how.” That is, how can organizations go about making failure a powerful competitive advantage. There are a few things companies can do.

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Jamstik+ is a backpack-friendly ‘smart guitar’

The first time I encountered Jamstik, a guitar controller for Mac and iOS, was at CES 2013. Zivix — the team behind the product — came to our trailer and gave us a demo. That was a prototype, which eventually got crowdfunded and did pretty well as history tells it. Now there’s Jamstik+ with a few significant improvements, and once again, the company’s looking to you to fund it (spoiler: It’s already met its goal). While the original Jamstik won people over, concerns over latency left some users wanting. Has version 2.0 cracked it?

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Artificial Sweeteners May Change Our Gut Bacteria in Dangerous Ways

Many of us, particularly those who prefer to eat our cake and look like we have not done so, have a love-hate relationship with artificial sweeteners. These seemingly magical molecules deliver a dulcet taste without its customary caloric punch. We guzzle enormous quantities of these chemicals, mostly in the form of aspartame, sucralose and saccharin, which are used to enliven the flavor of everything from Diet Coke to toothpaste. Yet there are worries. Many suspect that all this sweetness comes at some hidden cost to our health, although science has only pointed at vague links to problems.

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