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How to work with risk-takers

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Can you distinguish one type of risk from the other? Learning how to balance the pros and cons and make well thought ­out decisions for your firm requires honing your risk calculation skills.

Understanding the fine line between the two can mean the difference between wise business decisions and careless mistakes. Many people grow up believing risk­ taking is a negative trait. Parents and teachers identified the rebellious kids in school as a problem, but these individuals may also have been risk takers.

And risk is an essential part of life. Whether people internalised those youthful lessons that rebellion and risk­ taking are bad will affect how they conduct business if they become CEOs and executives.

When individuals grasp the healthy aspects of taking risks, they can begin to develop methods for taking smart risks to improve their business.

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James Parsons