Breaking the taboo about failure

Nobody likes an Eeyore. When we’re planning new projects, it’s tempting to focus on the positives and to gloss over all of the things that could go wrong. That’s partly human nature and partly a desire to get the go-ahead to do whatever we want to do. The problem with this, though, is that when things do go awry, as they have an inevitable tendency to do, it can catch everyone very much on the hop.

But what if we could think about project risks without looking as if we’re trying to jinx the whole thing? And what if we could benefit from 20:20 hindsight right at the start? Welcome to the world of prospective hindsight.

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Some thoughts on risk

I’ve been spending a not inconsiderable amount of time recently thinking about risk. This is partly because it’s an issue I’ve been working on with some of my clients. And it’s partly because I’ve had to prepare various risk assessments for things I do in my free time. (Yes, I know. I lead such an exciting life…) But it’s helped me to refine my ideas about what risk is and how we assess and manage it. Continue reading “Some thoughts on risk”