Question during a Project Management workshop:
“Will this course make me less risk-averse?”
Answer: “It could. The workshop doesn’t make risk go away – It gives you tools to manage it.”
Well, the workshop didn’t work.
Same person, two days later:
“Thank you very much for this course. Now I know I never want to get anywhere near Project Management.”
That risk-averse person was unusual only in his candor. Most of us avoid risk, and even walk around or away from the possibility of facing it. Why endure pain if you can escape it?
The very mention of risk often is enough to kill an idea or initiative:
“That’s pretty risky, isn’t it?”
“Yeah. I guess so. Let’s just forget it.”
No, don’t forget it. Evaluate it. What is the likely payoff if it works? How does that match up vs. the potential damage if it doesn’t? And what’s the opportunity cost of not trying?