AN UNCOMMON THOUGHT

"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf

30 December 2019

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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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