Why I Was Afraid to Drive

I know it’s hard for many of my friends to appreciate the severity of the tension and helplessness that many African Americans feel towards law enforcement. To Americans of European descent, especially those in the upper socio-economic classes, the fear and antagonism directed towards a police force that is, by and large, hard-working and committed…

Five Reasons I Write

I write to reflect. Nothing helps me think through an idea and reach a defensible position than composing an article on the matter. I write to escape. Some find intellectual and emotional escape in outdoor activities, watching a movie, or reading a book; for me, writing provides that mental escape. I write to endure. It…

The Power of Positive

  Yes, I’m a computer scientist turned businessperson. Yes, I like the objective, the tangible, and the quantitative. But, as I’ve grown, I’ve come to appreciate the impact the qualitative has on the quantitative, the abstract on the tangible, and the subjective on the objective. As students of business, we think of the economy as…

The Certainty of Our Current Reality

Credit: IHME As I close out another incredibly long day, I decided to once again sit down for a few minutes and write to clear my mind. Today, as I bid farewell to what felt like the longest March in history, I realize that we are concluding the first chapter in this saga, a chapter…

From Apathy to Acceptance, A Personal Journey

Photo by Edwin Hooper   I sometimes write because it makes me think clearly and feel better; this is one of those times. I’m going to be candid, and it’s not easy to admit this. The last 40 days have been an emotional and intellectual ride for me. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I started…

The Chance That Changed My Life

Nearly 30 years ago, this man changed my life. Yesterday, I got to thank him in-person and with my team by my side. Yesterday, I also learned of his story for the first time. In the early ‘90s, as a college senior studying computer science on a foreign-student visa, I applied to a number of…

What’s Your Mistake Maturity Score?

I’m a founder, CEO, and investor in a growing technology startup. Yes, I experience stress that accompanies my love and passion for what I do.

More to the point, my stress is frequently misunderstood. Unexpected things happen; many of them are due to mistakes made and associated human error, miscommunication, or missteps. It’s frequently assumed that it’s these mistakes that drive my stress. They aren’t. In this article, I explain why mistakes aren’t what worry or stress me and, instead, it’s our reaction to mistakes that does.

Mistakes are unintended tests of individuals and teams; how mistakes are handled reflects a Mistake Maturity measuring an individual and an organization’s ability to overcome and thrive. Below are the five levels of Mistake Maturity (MM): levels MM0 through MM4.