Playing it Safe

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 | One Comment

Life Rings

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. — Ken Robinson

This sounds good.  It sounds like the right answer.  And we know there’s truth in Sir Ken’s statement, and yet giving permission to ourselves and our employees to be possibly be wrong is incredibly difficult to do.

It’s scary to put yourself out there with the possibility of being wrong.  We don’t like it personally.  We don’t like it organizationally.  So we don’t do it.  We play it safe.  We make the safe choices.  And we don’t make it safe for anyone else to do anything but play it safe.

And yet we pretend that we’re innovative.  Pretend that there’s creativity going on.  Pretend that we’re doing something differently than we’ve done before.  But when we actually do something different, we’re very uncomfortable.  Different doesn’t feel safe.  So we’ll put an end to that!

What if we could find a way to embrace the vulnerability we feel in the face of “different”?  To re-wire our brains to be okay with “wrong”?  What might be possible?

Maybe what’s real is that playing it safe is the most dangerous thing we can do.


©OnStage Leadership, 2013

Kimberly Davis is the Founder/Director of OnStage Leadership, a full-day experiential leadership workshop.  If you found this helpful, interesting, thought-provoking, or inspiring please “recommend”, “Like” and share.  It is only through your generosity that we can reach those who may find it valuable too.

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