Intelligent Risk-Taking

Intelligent Risk-Taking:
From Vision to Action

Organizations are continuously challenged to make high-risk decisions in a rapidly changing environment. Intelligent Risk-Taking™ means acting under conditions where key variables and potential outcomes are unknown and could be negative, but where risk is required to achieve superior outcomes. Intelligent risk-taking is essential to innovation and leading change.

Intelligent Risk-Taking™ provides you with practical tools and processes to identify your own risk-taking style and compare it to others. You will apply a framework for making intelligent decisions about which risks to take and when, and how to adjust the level and impact of risks. You will develop ideas for improving entrepreneurial initiatives and influencing others to support them.


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Intelligent Risk Taking™ is a copyrighted program of Barnes & Conti Associates, Inc.

Program Objectives:

As a participant you will:

  • Be able to define, describe, and recognize intelligent risk-taking and distinguish it from gambling.
  • Assess individual and organizational risk-taking styles and their impact on risk decisions.
  • Identify factors that block risk-taking or support it in individuals, groups, and organizations.
  • Apply strategies for influencing others to share risks.
  • Assess and adjust risks in order to increase the probability of success and decrease the consequences of failure.
  • Apply an eight-step risk decision model to a real-world situation.
  • Develop an action plan for promoting intelligent risk-taking in your organization.


What our clients say:

“The need for Intelligent Risk-Taking in business is paramount in todays competitive environment. However, with that said, the operative word in that sentence is ‘intelligent.’ Wild or uncontrolled risk-taking can be scary, and often damaging to the business. This course has taught many how to evaluate options, assess the actual risks that might be involved, and plan and take INTELLIGENT risks that are productive. Managers have also benefited by understanding how to create a productive culture for risk and innovation in a safe, controlled and strategically aligned manner. Intelligent Risk-Taking is needed at all levels and functions within the corporate environment if optimal efficiencies and effectiveness are to be realized.”

—Vice President, Global Marketing and Sales Learning, Global Pharmaceutical Company

“I highly recommend Intelligent Risk-Taking because it helps individuals and teams look at risk in a systematic way. People don’t deal with risk well and therefore continue to protect the status quo or jump into risky situations and hope for the best. This program empowers people to move forward with the confidence that the risks that they are taking are being managed and provides a framework for continually updating their understanding of the situation as they learn more.”

—Course Participant

“...I had three clear take-aways that I can incorporate into my career at my company and everyday life outside of work: the risk wheel, open-ended questions, and the Intelligent Risk-Taking methodology. To me, practical take-aways are the litmus test of whether a course was worthwhile or not, and this one definitely was.  Thank you!”

— Program Manager, Global Technology Company


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