As we attempt to create more agile organisations, pivoting to meet the emerging opportunities in the marketplace, we understand that we need to take risks.
At the same time, the culture we have created has our staff taking the safe, tried-and-true path despite our efforts to encourage risk taking. So, what does it take to Nurture Growth in the direction of risk taking?
The job of the leader is to create a path to the goal that is wide enough that our team members are looking towards the goal WITHOUT fear. This path allows our team members to move with confidence and to self-correct if they move off course. To create this path as a leader is to be clear on what success looks like while giving space for team members to try new ideas and take risks to achieve better results.
To Nurture Growth in your team, create a path that allows them to look towards the goal, take risks, try new approaches and then self-correct towards that goal – all within the boundaries of the values of your organisation.