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How Mis-takes Lead to Innovation

19 Jan 2021 10:38 AM | Anonymous

Our special guest on this week’s episode of the Lessons from the Boardroom Podcast is Ben Tarrier, Vice President of The Tarrier Steel Company in Columbus, Ohio. He is a fourth-generation leader of the structural steel fabrication company after his great-grandfather founded the business 100 years ago. He's a husband, a father of three, and a veteran army officer. Ben came up the old fashioned way, starting on the shop floor as a general laborer and eventually working his way through the ranks toward leading the company.

Ben says, “When you fail at something, when you get to step back, you sit there and you analyze it. I think you learn from failure, even if it's not a huge failure, if it's just something that didn't go the way you want it to, you learn from it. I think that helps you be stronger and it helps you make better decisions.”

We chat about how the company has stayed strong for a century, as well as:

  • The family legacy of Tarrier Steel

  • Transitioning leadership in the future

  • Shifting company culture to encourage innovation

  • The freedom to make mistakes and the surprising results that often follow

  • And more

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