Risks and Fears: Tough Leadership in Tough Times #wc09

“If you are going to keep waiting for fear to subside…you’ll keep waiting.”
— Robin Roberts, California Women’s Conference 2009

Are you fearless?

I don’t think there is anyone out there who is truly fearless, but ambitious and assertive. We have a lot going on in our day-to-day lives: loans, job security, illness, financial security, putting food the table etc.

We do live in a world full of fear, but how we deal with that fear is what separates us from the pack. In the “Tough Leadership Decisions in Tough Times” panel at the Women’s Conference last week, Robin Roberts moderated a discussion between Sir Richard Branson, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sheila C. Blair on fear and risks.

Think about your solution, not your problem.

It sounds easy enough, right?

Wrong.

Too many times, we are stuck wallowing in what could have been, should have been and would have been, rather than what we would turn a situation into. It’s quite simple really.

“Make your mess, your message.”
— Robin Roberts

In a business and management book by one of my favourite people, Sir Richard Branson, Screw It, Let’s Do It!, Sir Branson emphasizes going out there and trying your best to achieve your goals. Don’t take “no” for an answer, rather find alternatives and get creative to reach the light at the end of the tunnel.

Risk taking is just that, it is a risk.

You will fail at some point in time, everyone does. But just pick yourself back up and keep going. If you don’t, you’ll never get anywhere.

“You have to fail, to be successful.”
— Sir Richard Branson

Think about it this way, as Sheila Blair explained, you have to understand your risks before you take them.

Talk to people. You never know who is out there and what advice them can impart to you.

“Swallow hard, take the best approach — the ones with the least downside.”
— Sheila C. Blair

Remember, the key to success is to be yourself.

It’s important to stay focused and keep your mind on the task at hand.

You cannot be successful at everything, but rather be prepared to approach the position at hand in a positive light.

Go out there and do something. Have the courage to think you can, said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. According to him, Maria Shriver is a female Terminator because she pushes her limits and strives for excellence. She has the courage to do what she wants and believes that she can.

Tough decisions mean you need to live within your means to achieve your goals.

“Familiarize yourself with math. It’s important in business to know your numbers.”
— Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

There is a huge problem in our society where technical skills like math and knowledge of science are imparted onto our boy children; our girls are neglected.  Therefore, it is important to educate both sexes equally. Remember, in a few years, both of these sexes will be in our workforce.

This is the future.

According to the Shriver Report, fifty-percent of the American workforce is female.

Did you know that?

Rising kids with a double-standard is detrimental to all parties involved.

“Take bold risks.”
Sir Richard Branson

But, know the consequences and plan for them. Don’t go into anything blindly.

You must have a clear vision of where you want to go in order to get there.

Make sure to protect your downside. Don’t put yourself in a situation to lose everything.

Outline your vision, step by step.

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Interesting Food for Thought question, posed by Sir Richard Branson based on a system in Norway:-

“Should there be  a mandate, where women are imposed on to  Boards of Directors?”

What do you think?

Should there be regulation where 50-percent of a Board of Directors is comprised of women?

Is it a merit or an imposition?

Is a mandate a way to move society forward?

What do you think?

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Find out more about the California Women’s Conference here.

***My blog series on this event are:- original post, Be an Architect of Change, Risk & Fear: Tough Leadership in Tough Times and Health Lessons from Dr. Oz. ***

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Sasha Muradali runs the ‘Little Pink Book’ . She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida (’07) and an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami(’08). She loves Twitter and all things social media, so you should find her @SashaHalima or get a copy of the ‘Little Pink Book’ delivered to your Kindle.

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Comments

  1. Great post.
    I just got back from DC from a job interview which I really would like to have. It didn't go as planned since I was out of my comfort zone. I had never been to DC ever, stayed with a friend, connected with people en route and even did a meet up with a bunch of DC PR folks. I was stressed but I figure I had to do it. I had the opportunity to drive a new car there (2011 Ford Taurus for a week) and then I figured if I want to accomplish something I need to get out of my comfort zone and go. It was a learning experience and I am better for it no matter what happens.

  2. Great post.
    I just got back from DC from a job interview which I really would like to have. It didn't go as planned since I was out of my comfort zone. I had never been to DC ever, stayed with a friend, connected with people en route and even did a meet up with a bunch of DC PR folks. I was stressed but I figure I had to do it. I had the opportunity to drive a new car there (2011 Ford Taurus for a week) and then I figured if I want to accomplish something I need to get out of my comfort zone and go. It was a learning experience and I am better for it no matter what happens.