"Jackass" was a popular TV show a few years ago. It featured stuntmen trying crazy stuff that was clearly risky. Almost always, viewers could forecast the potential risks as we watched the attempts unfold. Often, the results were extraordinary fails, which made for great entertainment.
The wisest leaders I know exercise thoughtful and deliberate forecasting before launching a risky decision. They purposefully rely on very deliberate cost-benefit analyses before making decisions that put their organization at risk.
The wisest of the wisest organizational leaders leverage the thinking of trusted others before putting their organizations at risk. Thoughtful decision making doesn't necessarily make for great entertainment, but its absence often yields Jackass-like results -- the loss of time, productivity, market share, customer allegiance, talent, or even life.
Jackass behavior/thinking/decisions are best left to................the Jackasses.
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