Right Kind of Wrong

Right Kind of Wrong

Why Learning to Fail Can Teach Us to Thrive


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Winner of the Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award

We used to think of failure as a problem, to be avoided at all costs. Now, we're told that failure is desirable - that we must fail fast, fail often. The trouble is, both approaches fail to distinguish the good failures from the bad. As a result, we miss the opportunity to fail well.

Harvard Professor Amy Edmondson has spent four decades arguing that productive failure hold the key to lasting success. The world's leading expert on psychological safety, her research has shown that the most successful environments are those in which we can fail effectively - without our mistakes being held against us. Now, Edmondson offers a revolutionary framework to get these failures right. She outlines the three archetypes of failure - simple, complex, and intelligent - before revealing how to minimise the consequences of the bad failures and maximise the potential of the good.

Filled with vivid stories from business, pop culture and history, this revolutionary book is a rallying cry for us all to embrace our human fallibility and so learn to thrive. You will never look at failure the same way again.

©2023 Amy Edmondson (P)2023 Penguin Audio


  • With great clarity and insight, Amy Edmondson shows us how we can make room for failure, recognizing that our emotions and personal needs are part of the solution. Right Kind of Wrong will inspire you to do your boldest work.
    Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar and author of CREATIVITY, INC.

About the author

Amy Edmondson

Amy Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School. Renowned for her world-leading research into the concept of psychological safety, Edmondson has been named by Thinkers50 as the most influential management thinker in the world. Her work has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Psychology Today and Harvard Business Review, and been drawn upon by companies including Google and Microsoft. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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