Throwing Caution To The Wind

Who can leap tall buildings in a single bound? Who is faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive? It's Superman disguised as Clark Kent! And he's sitting right next to you! Adventurous people on the job must always be faced with a challenge. They are enthusiastic risk takers who are easily bored.

Columns From: 2/5/2001 Modern Machine Shop,

Who can leap tall buildings in a single bound? Who is faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive? It's Superman disguised as Clark Kent! And he's sitting right next to you!

Adventurous people on the job must always be faced with a challenge. They are enthusiastic risk takers who are easily bored. When they are not enthused by their work, no matter how successful they are, they'll shrivel up or push off in another direction. Monetary rewards usually are not sufficient motivation for them when they lose interest. They are good employees when they want to be, as long as the job provides constant challenges, new projects and enhanced excitement.

They can be clever capitalists and engaging entrepreneurs, but they usually make lousy managers. Their appetite for working with gut feelings and roguishness prevents them from taking an intellectual approach to problem solving. They refuse to accept authority, are mediocre organizers, abhor humdrum follow-through, do not accept responsibility for other people and don't handle finances or budgets well.

Adventurers create their own opportunities. They do not feel hamstringed by usual and customary commitments that most people feel they can't sidestep. They are not bound by the same irrational fears and uncertainties that keep a tight rein on most of us. At times they may simply out-maneuver the system entirely by twisting or contravening the rules for expediency's sake. At other times they may just circumvent the rules altogether simply because they just don't seem sensible. These folks live on the edge, forever challenging limitations and restrictions. They continuously wrestle with themselves for better or worse in a thrilling game against their own mortality. Their motto is, "no risk, no gain." Indeed, the risk is the gain!

Adventurous people are outgoing, assertive, gregarious extroverts. They hunger after the most extreme experience that lets them comprehend just how vigorously alive they are. They search for powerful, visceral experiences. They do not need other people to energize their self-confidence or to provide purpose to their lives, and they don't give up their time or pleasures for other people, at least not easily. Neither do they have need of anyone's approval for what they acquire out of life. They fervently believe in themselves, have a clear-cut inner sense of what's right and wrong for them, and if something is urgent and crucial for them, they'll do it no matter what anyone thinks or feels.

Today's manager must not have any illusions when dealing with over-confident people on the job. Thsese people will not adapt to a manager's needs, at least not in the long run. So it is best to offer them challenging, engaging and creative work that not only holds their attention but also commands their need for independence and their desire for the thrill of risk and challenge.

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