Melissa Luke isn’t proud of the fact that she once had a business that went bankrupt. But in retrospect, the experience helped lay the foundation for her current role as a motivational speaker, who encourages companies to make failure an acceptable part of their corporate cultures. Ms. Luke spoke with FP’s Dan Ovsey about why she believes failure to be an attribute for individuals and organizations, how to keep it from getting out of hand, and how to go about instilling it. Following is an edited transcript of their conversation.
Q: Why do you believe it’s important people have an opportunity to fail?
A: My primary job is speaking to companies and raising the morale in the company and try to figure out how to get employees happy. A lot of them feel stagnant. 70-80% don’t like their jobs. One of the biggest findings in the areas that I’ve surveyed…
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