Jump Right In
How many of you put your toes in the water before jumping in?
Do you jump right in the water?
Or do you enter the water very slowly?
In an uncertain environment we all behave in different ways. Some of us like to jump right in body and all and others take a more cautious approach. There are pluses and minuses each way. Neither way is fully right or fully wrong. Sounds like I am on the fence for this one….. That said we do need to consider some factors before taking either approach.
At the pool the other day, I dipped my toes, then hopped in and quickly ducked all the way, head and all. Though I got off to a slow start, tested the water temperature, I very quickly fully immersed myself in the water. The first stage of testing the water, dipping my toes, was a way to reduce risk. I first ensure the situation was safe and then when considered safe I fully went into the water.
So when approaching something new or change, how do you approach it? Jump straight in or take it slow….. Or do you initially take it slow and check for the risks before jumping in?
The advantage of the taking it slow is that you will be able see the risks, however the disadvantage is that you may miss the opportunity. By jumping right in you will be able to seize the opportunities, learning’s and you will have less time to panic. However jumping in too fast you may hit issues that could have been avoided with a little more time.
So is there a third way, a balance….. I think so. By reviewing the situation prior to jumping in and even developing a plan, you can reduce some of the risks of issues occurring when you jump in. While doing this assessment of the situation quickly you will be able to take advantage of the opportunities that lay ahead.
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Posted on Thursday, 03 Jan 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged Business, Change, Change Management, Development, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Learning, Management, Risk, Risk Management. Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.