How does Eric foster the "freedom to fail" environment within his team?
His team starts with smaller buckets of responsibility. Then, as they increase their proficiency, they get bigger and bigger buckets.
Nauto also did the same thing on the management side. In the first year, they're not given a $10 million budget, they're getting maybe a quarter-million-dollar budget in terms of company output.
Then there's a considerable amount of review in their decision-making.
Nauto is trying to give them a safe place to fail. So they can learn and not blow up the budget or the company.
The company is controlling the environment that their people can fail within, in order to build the confidence that they have to continue to push the boundary at their own pace. Regardless of what pace it is, Nauto is enabling that based on giving them the constraints to operate within, see how they do, and continuously increase it.
As they get comfortable with the decision-making, the relationship grows, and that person's skills become more proficient, they then grow the bucket. Some people grow faster and some grow slower, so you have to constantly adjust your buckets.
Everyone has a different appetite for growth and that's okay. Everybody has a set of strengths. They have a set of ways and experiences that they can rely on. They have progress that they will make, but it's going to be different.
Recognizing that there is no one perfect path or timeline that applies to everyone is an important leadership principle.