Those who manage risk registers may feel that their efforts produce sounder policies, as indeed they possibly do. But they also breed an atmosphere of strategic timidity in which the unknown is regarded with suspicion.He's talking about me. And to be honest this is one of the attitudes I often see in senior university managers that I find personally irritating, so I had better be careful in exactly what I say.
Taking a risk when you understand what the risk is may require courage. Taking a risk that you don't understand can only be foolhardy. It's difficult to respect those who seem to see foolhardiness and timidity as the only options available to them.