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chance opportunity

Chance Opportunity and Gauging Your Risk

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What about chance opportunity? The opportunity that presents itself, or you create, yet there is risk involved. Should you take it?

People often wait for the opportunity of a lifetime. They nestle in, they coast, they cruise, and they wait.

They may wait for the lottery, a marriage proposal, or a job with a salary that changes everything.

Life is full of risk. Error on the side of caution is often the advice. It may not be bad advice and it also may not be good advice.

Your chance opportunity is going to require some risk.

Will you take that chance?

Chance Opportunity

You have a chance to close a big sale but it requires a lot of unusual effort. You’re busy and can pick some other low-hanging fruit, but those opportunities are with lower revenue-producing clients. Do you put in the unusual effort or stay where it is safe and comfortable?

The product development team at your job needs a new design. There is both a stall and a void in the marketplace and you have an idea. Bringing the idea forward will require you to approach the CEO with some very unconventional strategies. You risk being labeled as crazy or seeking to break organizational norms. Should you speak up?

An unexpected job offer lands on your plate. It is a big change and you’ve been committed to your current endeavor for a long time. It will change your daily routine greatly, but your family would benefit from the additional income. Stay or go?

Lessening the risk is sometimes possible. It is also often a gamble, a negotiation of sorts, and a wrong move might weaken or completely sour the deal.

You’re never going to have zero risk.

It’s true that most cases of big rewards come with even bigger risks. Taking risk lightly is not the solution. Frozen in fear isn’t a good idea either.

This may be your only chance. Are you willing to risk the loss of the opportunity? Have you calculated what that costs?

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Tough Tasks Actually Give You More

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Do you struggle with the tough tasks? Have you ever wondered why the tough work comes your way while the seemingly easy stuff goes another?

While perception and expectations always condition your view, tough tasks may be what you should seek more of.

Just about anyone can sweep the floor. The same is true for using mainstream software tools or turning a screwdriver.

That’s the easy stuff.

It’s easy to find a burger and fries joint. A great gourmet restaurant is a little bit more difficult.

An attorney’s office is just around the corner. One that is considered the best, well, that is a little more challenging.

Do you have a great idea? You may not be alone. Even the patent for the first telephone was filed by two different people in two different places on the same day.

If everything was easy, everyone would be doing it. There wouldn’t be value for those who do more.

Tough Tasks

The boss often delegates the toughest assignments to the employee who can handle the most.

Is this a disadvantage? Is it punishment for doing great work?

Everything that is easy has a low cost. It is available everywhere, it’s a commodity.

It is true for people and it is true for products or services.

Doing the tough stuff has value. It is important work. Work that will get you noticed. This is what every employer seeks to find more of. It is exactly why they delegate the tough stuff to the best people.

Getting the tough stuff isn’t a punishment. It is a reward.

It is a reward because it means that others cannot rise to the challenge. They don’t have your skills, your knowledge, and your expertise.

Perhaps they aren’t as dedicated as you are.

Great Value

Doing the tough stuff gives you more value.

It is valuable when the promotion opportunity arises.

There is value if economic cutbacks occur.

One way or another, tough tasks give you more.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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“That’s Risky.” Whispered The Manager

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How do you navigate risk? Do you feel that you are a bit of a risk taker, or that you are much more conservative in your approach? Is there value in risk? Are you a little risky?

It can be as simple as being willing to speak up in a meeting, or more complex like putting your lifetime savings up for grabs as you start a business venture.

We also nearly always have people yelling from the sidelines.

No risk, no reward.

No pain, no gain.

Never give up on your dreams!

Each of those may have some relevance and can be motivational. However, there is something really special about risk that many people take for granted.

Does Risk Energize?

Risky can be exciting.

Driving 61 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour speed zone doesn’t have the same feeling as exceeding the speed limit a little.

Sneaking an extra donut in the break room when you are on a calorie restrictive diet is different from being caught nibbling on a leaf of lettuce.

Spiking the punch bowl at the non-alcoholic office holiday party is much different from handing out bottles of water.

Risky can be volatile and should always be carefully considered with the potential reward or the devastation that could result.

We quickly recognize some forms of risk while others are sometimes not on our radar but should be. Things like humor, etiquette, and our speaking filters.

Risky

Much of our success with risk exists in the relevance of our measurement. It is about the comparisons we make. What is risky for some, is absolute boredom to others. Have you ever calculated your ROR (return on risk)?

Risky can be very costly.

On the other hand, there is something amazingly energizing about the risk that pays off in a big win.

Nike has suggested we just do it. Risky is certainly on their radar.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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