"The four most important words in any organization: 'what do you think?'"
Dave Wheeler

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I trust this week holds promise of both challenge and creativity for you

and your team.


For some of you, this will be the first Leadership Notes you've

received. The idea first started with a purely internal note to my

colleagues at CUSOURCE, Credit Union Knowledge Network, and has been

growing ever since. If this is your first, I thought you might enjoy it

and get some benefit. It is a short weekly notes and reflection on

leadership and like issues. People have found it "profound", "helpful",

"insightful", and I hope you do too. If you don't want to receive it,

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To the subject at hand...


I've been thinking about risk management recently. It struck me that for

all the work that has been done around managing the risks in our

businesses and organizations; for example identifying, and assessing the

key risks the organization faces, and then working through a process to

mitigate those risks, we've likely been missing a key factor. Perhaps,

as leaders we need to ask ourselves, what are the risks inherent in me?

By identifying those, then assessing their likelihood and impact, and

then working to make changes, I become a better leader.


For example: what default behaviours do I exhibit that are not healthy?

what parts of me am I blind to? what parts of me am I embarrassed about?



By exploring these items as risks to be mitigated, they may lose some of

their power in your life. And without their power, they become easier to



I hope this week is filled with adventure for each of you.