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Why Avoidance Should Be 1 of Your 7 Risk Responses

Taking a risk is like starting a fire. That’s the message Harry Hall conveys in a post at his blog. We all make mistakes (some of us more than others), but a risk only becomes a mistake if we choose to take it unnecessarily. In Harry’s case, it was burning his backyard leaf piles when he could have otherwise bagged them or moved them. Needless to say, a dangerous fire was unintentionally started – I’ll let Harry tell that story.

Prevention is the Best Remedy

The point is that we make decisions at work, and at home, that affect not just ourselves but others. When we take a risk, it’s not just our risk or the team’s risk or even the business’s risk. People’s lives are interconnected as a matter of fact. You never can tell when something seemingly innocuous and contained can spread outside of its intended area. If avoiding a risk is possible, this option should be taken seriously. It goes with the saying that ‘prevention is the best remedy.’ Even if we feel we are prepared for any negative side effects of our actions, there is no guarantee that we’ll succeed. However, designing and maintaining a risk response plan is the best way to ensure that necessary and unavoidable risks can be mitigated or avoided.  

Read the original blog post and his raging inferno story that inspired it at: http://www.pmsouth.com/2014/12/06/why-avoidance-should-be-1-of-your-7-risk-responses/

About Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master's degree in communications at Penn State University.

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