Shot 51: RISKY BUSINESS

By: Tom Newhouse in Leadership, 8 months ago

A Shot is a poignant leadership tip from “a rifle.”  Yes, leadership coach, Tom Newhouse, uses a rifle from his farming heritage to “tell it like it is.” —­­

DO OR DON’T TAKE RISKS!  Say what?   My motto as a rifle was don’t take risks.  Of course, I meant safety risks.  But if one wanted to bag the prize, such things as getting out early, venturing into new territory, and developing more sophisticated techniques, yielded bountiful rewards.  Hmmm:  might be a lesson there.

Business by nature is risky.  It’s about investment—venturing capital to gain rewards.  It’s like the farmer who sows to reap a harvest.  But like the farmer, sowing is not without risks.  Let’s go with another agrarian analogy:  Go out on limb to reach the fruit.  Yep, that ole comfort zone needs to be ruptured.  Oh, don’t be foolish.   Base your risk taking on something solid like your abilities, your team’s strengths, a well-earned reputation, a unique yet winsome perspective.  Like I said, something solid.  But then lean and leap.  

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