Wednesday, April 8, 2015

What's the worst that could happen?

This question is too common.  Too many leaders seem to be making decisions based on the answer to this question.  Fears of the worst possible outcome drive decisions and build giant barriers to innovation and progress for too many folks in this media-crazy, sensationalized world that expects perfection and admonishes error.

Go ahead and keep asking, "What's the worst that could happen," but be sure to also ask, "What is the best that could happen?"  Finally, ask yourself, "What is most likely too happen?"

Very rarely, does the worst possible outcome actually occur.  Very rarely.

Look at both potential outcomes. Determine if the benefits of saying yes outweigh the detriments of saying no.  Which decision aligns with your mission?  Rather than simply choosing between YES or NO, are you willing to bravely seek a third alternative that aligns with your mission and brings your vision closer to reality?  As a leader, are you willing to truly support the people, the systems, and the ideas that focus on your vision?

What's the best that could happen?