Risk Management

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CEO John Legere is telling it like it is

November 9, 2017

If you’re a business leader, keep an eye on @JohnLegere and other leaders who have chosen to risk backlash by speaking bluntly on social media and putting their faces and words front and center of the company’s public persona.

Actor Bryan Cranston’s sly negotiation trick

October 6, 2017
When you want something badly, skip the passivity. Pull the strings to maximize your odds of success.

Not all battles are must-win

March 9, 2017
If you feel like you’re fighting a hundred battles, take a reality check.

Settle for safe or take the risk?

September 16, 2015
Fashion icon Anna Wintour is controlled, focused, comfortable with power and averse to errors. Here’s what she learned about risk from longtime Condé Nast chairman Si Newhouse.

Making big money with low risk

July 13, 2015
Curtis Macnguyen, described as “old school,” is a former hedge fund star, and that is not acceptable to him.

Go ahead and take that risk

November 7, 2012

One thing we can learn from blogger Bob Lefsetz is to seize the moment. A wannabe music journalist turned industry lawyer in the 1970s, he wormed his way into his original ambition by starting a trade publication, the Lefsetz Letter. Then, in 2000, he put it online, just in time for the war over music file-sharing …

Help your troops manage risk & change

August 5, 2012
To help your troops manage risk and change, help them access the information that will allow them to react well—and without fear—just like the Royal Marines, who have been trained to convert uncertainty (and fear) into well-defined risks.

Stay one step ahead of the sheep

February 1, 2012

Mark Twain and Jesus had it right when they said we all are sheep. Business improvement guru and Good to Great author Jim Collins makes the same point in Great by Choice. There, he debunks some myths.

Risk-taking leads to big Patriot wins

January 5, 2011

Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, has spent 16 years turning one of the sorriest NFL franchises into one of the most feared and admired. Along with head coach Bill Belichick, he and the Patriots have won three Super Bowls and more games in the past 10 years than any other NFL team in any decade. In his pursuit of the team and the stadium, Kraft revealed how gifted he is at risk-taking.

Help them get comfortable with risk

December 30, 2010
Encourage your people to take risks? The very idea is enough to make many CEOs shudder. Doug Stern, CEO of United Media, follows an explicit process anytime he faces a new, risky project. He uses the same tactics to help his team evaluate risks and build its confidence about confronting the unknown:
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