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ExecTec on Playing it Safe - Not

It is basic human nature to play it safe to one degree or another. Droned into us by our mothers who urged us constantly to be careful at everything we did and combined with our inherent  fight-or-flight response we all come naturally to being risk adverse to some degree or another.

Even the most battle hardened investors are gauging risk on each and every investment and opportunity.

Stories abound of those who failed to heed the warning signs and drove themselves and or their business off the proverbial cliff.

Companies like Sopwith Aviation Company, Edison Records, Waltham Watch Company all went big but ultimately did not survive. More recent examples include Pets.com and WebVan.

These are the sticky stories of failures driven by risk however is the go big or go home philosophy really the biggest killer of business out there or might the unheard stories of companies that never took the risk point to a bigger killer of success.

Doug Sundheim wrote this week in this post in the Hollywood Business Review wrote about a CEO  who felt that leaders on her team were playing it too safe.

Is playing it too safe really the  biggest but silent killer of business success!

Is it the nature of business to seek the profitable bottom line and lose focus on the entrepreneurial spirit which created the business success in the first place.

These quotes seem to play off the theme:

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.

- Jim Rohn


The man who knows it can't be done counts the risk, not the reward.

- Elbert Hubbard


Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.

- Ray Bradbury

But before we all grab for our towels and scream Don’t Panic as we attempt to fly by throwing ourselves at the ground and missing maybe we can debate the finer points of risk over D’Amores famous low carb pizza.

Join us as we explore the benefits of risk!

As always, there is no better way to meet and connect with other executives then over dinner and conversation. $21 in advance via PayPal or $25 at the event gets you a full dinner, drink and the best networking around.

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  • Renee F.

    My personal motto: "A ship is safe in harbor, but that is not what they were built for."

    1 · November 5, 2013

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