"I am not one who was born in the custody of wisdom. I am one who is fond of olden times and intense in quest of the sacred knowing of the ancients." Gustave Courbet

30 December 2019


If the risk takers are punished, then you will retain in your ranks only the risk averse.  Risk aversion will damage the long-term health, even survival, of the organization, because it will undercut disciplined but unregimented thinking.  Without mavericks, we are more likely to find ourselves at the same time dominant and irrelevant, as the enemy steals a march on us. Further, calculated risk taking is elemental to staying at the top of our competitive game.

General Jim Mattis, from Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead

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