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Quality Professionals and Avoidance of Risk

While Quality professionals deal routinely with potential and actual failure and evaluating risks in business, I don’t see many (including myself) who take enough risks themselves.  Could this be true? Paul Borwaski, ASQ CEO in a recent blog cited a study conducted on youth in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers. While most survey agreed that risk taking is essential, they also said that they themselves are risk averse. This syncs well with my observation that quality professionals don’t take enough risks.
A few years ago, I had asked the Head of Quality of a large global organization – Why don’t quality professionals often make it to the CEO chair? His reply was astonishing and one which I clearly remember even today. His response highlighted that being a CEO is about taking some bets and then backing them with resources and resolve. This is a quality that quality professionals usually don’t posses. This was coming from a quality professional that is considered…

Five Videos to think, act, and evolve

Ok, so this is an unusual post from me. Here is a list of 5 videos that have remained in my memory from the several I see regularly on YouTube. One is about how will we measure our life, another is about chasing our dreams, a third talks about motivation, another about positive change, and the final one about simple habits to make 2013 better for us.
How will you measure your life by Prof. Clayton Christensen Prof. Christensen is currently the top ranked management thinker in the world. He is best known for his work on innovation. In this video, however, he talks about measuring our lives. A very important question which only a thinker like Prof. Christensen can attempt to answer.
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (The full version) If you can only watch one video this year, this is the one I recommend. Prof. Randy Pausch delivered his ‘last lecture’ at the Carnegie Mellon University when he knew that this was indeed his ‘last lecture’. He was going to die of cancer soon. A highly successf…