October 26, 2020

Measure twice, cut once

Carpenter using measure

There is a saying in the carpentry world, “Measure twice, cut once”. I am sure there are similar aphorisms in other professions to ensure that sufficient checks are made before commitment. For example, surgeons and pilots have checklists, and I am grateful for that.

What checks do you do before committing to an action?

What’s your style?

Do you check too often, looking for perfection?

Or do you not check enough, and end up dealing with avoidable problems you created?

Do you check based on the level of risk you perceive?

It’s worth thinking about your appetite for risk in different scenarios. You may have more appetite/tolerance for risk in one scenario compared with another. Think driving, delegation, health, relationships, micro-management, taking initiatives at work, holiday planning, and yes, even whether you wear a COVID mask.

Given a scenario, are you risk averse, or a risk junkie, or somewhere in between?

And does your current response to risk serve you well?

My best wishes, Paul

Paul Matthews

CEO and Founder of People Alchemy

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