When Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer ended telecommuting at Yahoo, critics called it an “epic fail” and her “worst decision,” citing studies that working at home can increase productivity and keeps workers happy.
But the reality is, we don't know if any given corporate decision is a blunder or a stroke of counter-intuitive genius until farther down the road. If workers forced to show up at Yahoo offices end up collaborating more and creating a host of great new products that blow rival Google out of the water, today's critics will have to eat their words.
History has not been so kind to other companies, whose bold decisions turned out to be huge goofs indeed. From New Coke to a car that was pulled off the market because consumers said "it looked like it was sucking a lemon," get the inside scoop on some of the biggest business fails ever.
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