Okay, so the truth is that this picture is not me. It’s not even Vermont – where I happen to be working and freezing right now! It’s my cousin Theresa and it’s in Illinois. She is standing on her Dad’s frozen pond and loving it! When I saw her post this picture on Facebook all I could say was, “That is so cool!” But other people who viewed the picture were saying things to her like, “Get off there!” and “Are you nuts!” and “OMG you are scaring me!
Experiencing great things in life sometimes means taking risks. Without risk we will never be as innovative as we could be because we’ll always be playing it safe. Some people are afraid of taking risks because with risk comes the possibility of failure. But, mature agile leaders and teams will recognize that failure doesn’t have to be bad. We learn things through failure that we would never know if we hadn’t tried and flopped. We learn what we never want to do again and what changes we can make to create a better team or product in the future.