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TAKING SMART RISKS: HOW SHARP LEADERS WIN WHEN STAKES ARE HIGH by Doug Sundheim

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CHAPTER NINE

Predict Your Fail Points

One of the risks of leadership is thinking too positively when you plan and set expectations.—ORI HADOMI, CEO, Mazor Robotics

The last three chapters were about choosing ideas to move forward with. This chapter is about finding holes in those ideas. The purpose is not to tear the ideas down, but to build them up so that they’re as strong as they can be.

Fail points or pitfalls often seem obvious only in retrospect. When you’re in the middle of a planning process and thinking at a conceptual level, pitfalls are easy to miss. You naturally step over things that might trip you up when you’re “on the ground” executing. If you don’t stop to intentionally identify and mitigate possible fail points, you will find ...

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