Leaders: When I’m advising or coaching a leader who is trying to make a decision on whether to move forward with something (taking risks), I like to ask these three questions:
What are the risks if you don’t move forward?
What are the risks if you do?
What’s 𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙗𝙡𝙚 if you do?
Be honest about the risks either way. Articulate them. Acknowledge them. Explore the truth in them. That’s the first step.
Then explore the possibilities that can come with moving forward. Think big. Be expansive.
Maybe the risks are too big to move forward. Maybe the possibilities aren’t enticing enough.
But maybe once you articulate the risks of NOT moving ahead, you realize those risks are too great. And that the risks of taking action are outweighed by the possibilities.
These questions are equally valuable outside of work as well. Give it a try.
What’s a decision you’re grappling with where these questions could help? Let’s talk!