Risking Without Risk …

Risking WIthout Risk - PresenterMedia.com

Well, we ALL want glory, right? …

Not really … most folks are probably more interested in stability, safety, enough to meet our needs and some of our wants, and to be known to those who we care about.

If you are one of those many, you may think this post and that quotation have little to offer you.   I beg to differ …

As we go through life, most of us are confronted by a series of firsts:  First overnight away from Mom and Dad, first airplane trip, first date, first kiss, first day of high school … and so on and so on throughout our lives.  First job interview, first job, first promotion, first challenge at work, first job loss, first time to buy a car, rent a house, buy a house, have a child, adopt a child, watch a child leave, lose a close friend or a loved one.

Every first includes some element of risk that we might not succeed or manage the moment.

Whether we desire risk in our lives or not is immaterial, because risk is already present and very prominent.   Risk is part of what makes life interesting and sometimes very exciting.  We risk every morning when we open our eyes, take a deep breath, and move. Continue reading

A Short Assessment While Approaching a Dark Alley …

Alley - Dark - Morguefile.comYou are alone … at night … in a strange location.

That was context … now for content.

You come upon a dark alley, which means you cannot see into the alley well, probably just dim shapes and shadows with nothing to distinguish what is actually there from what you might imagine to be there.   You cannot identify anything without doubt.

So … how do you describe what you do next?

(Short pause while you consider your one-short-sentence response)

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Taking Risks …

Employee - Morguefile.com“Ultimately, you want your people to make smart decisions for your business without constant and total oversight. You must trust them, but they need to know how “your business thinks first, and what matters.”  

So says Stacy Feiner in Talent Mindset:  The Business Owner’s Guide to Building Bench Strength.  

In this quote, Stacy is talking about cultural assimilation as part of the Strategic Talent Management continuum, her vision for how we might best manage employees for both their benefit and our own.

She makes a strong point about the need to give employees the information to insure they understand the overall mission, goals, and direction of the organization, if they are to make good decisions on behalf of that organization.

Sounds like common sense to me … which is not necessarily common behavior or practice.
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