Stefana Saxton, MBA
Business Excellence Innovation Leader for Business Excellence, Black & Veatch
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The word ‘failure’ is littered with negative connotations. Elon Musk financed three failed Space X rocket launches. Edison designed over 2,000 light bulbs that did not work. The Wright brothers crashed dozens of planes and gliders before one took off. Dupont discovered Teflon through failed experiments and the Americas were discovered through failed circumnavigation. Some failed small, and learned. And some failed big, but survived and thrived. Organizations must embrace failure to accelerate innovation. Through mental framing, learn to create freedom from the fear of failure using adaptive analytical perspectives that encourage ideas and discovery. Keep your organization innovative and successful by creating a culture of passion, drive and ambition in the midst of failure.
Stefana Saxton serves as a Business Excellence Innovation Leader for Business Excellence (BEx®) at Black & Veatch where she works with internal and external clients to identify, prioritize, and execute mission critical business improvements and innovations that add value to the company, its business partners, and clients globally. She has worked with clients in healthcare, finance, engineering, programs, operations, information technology, manufacturing and development. Prior to her current role, Saxton held leadership positions in Department of Defense (Alliant Techsystems), aerospace (Ultrax Aerospace), Department of Energy (Honeywell FM&T), and telecommunications consulting (Akinnovate). She holds Bachelor Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Music, and a Master in Business Administration. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Project Management Professional (PMP) and has supported STEM activities as a FIRST FLL robotics coach since 2009.