Award-Winning Insight: ‘The Mistakes That Make Us’ Tops 2023 Business Problem-Solving Books



Thanks to the team at Goody PR for honoring my latest book, The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation, in their 2023 Goody Business Book Awards as:

  • Winner, Business: Problem Solving category
  • Finalist, Leadership: Team Building category

As Liz Kelly Goody, founder of Goody PR and the Goody Business Book Awards, said to me:

“[Business Problem-Solving] was a very competitive category, and our judges loved how your book is helping others create a culture where it's ok to admit mistakes, learn from them, and then use the experience to propel you forward. Your crumpled paper book cover graphics with the pencil and eraser also speak volumes and catches your attention.” 

I'd say I really love the cover, and I thank my childhood friend Don Coon for collaborating with me on such a creative and fitting cover. By the way, I did enter the cover in a separate book cover design contest, and we did not win that.

But I'm more happy about these wins.

Oh, and you can still enter to win a signed copy of the book as part of a set that includes ALL of my books.


How is your book helping others?
This book helps individuals remember that we all make mistakes, but what matters is learning from them. The book shares many stories from incredibly successful people who have succeeded in spite of their mistakes--or, sometimes, because of a mistake. The book also shows leaders how they can cultivate a workplace culture of learning from mistakes, which leads to greater innovation and better results. The book introduces practical concepts and methods readers can use to prevent serious mistakes, while learning from mistakes that inevitably happen. And how to leaders build a culture of "psychological safety," where employees feel safe to admit mistakes, point out problems, and test new ideas.

And congratulations to the other winners in this category:

Overview of The Mistakes That Make Us:


Again, I'm happy to have been a finalist in this category, and I congratulate the winners:

Promote the Dog Sitter: And Other Principles for Leading During Disasters

The Great Team Turnaround: How to Unlock Growth Using PVTV™ and The Great Game of Business™

Don't forget — enter to win through December 15th!

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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


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