Some­times it’s worth it to take a well-cal­cu­lated risk.

Finweek English Edition - - MANAGEMENT -

On the day of the man­hunt for the sec­ond sus­pect in the Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing, the gover­nor of Mas­sachusetts or­dered a lock­down in the high­est-risk towns and ad­vised res­i­dents of other com­mu­ni­ties to stay home from work for the day. I had al­ready driven to work be­fore know­ing the ex­tent of the re­stric­tions, hav­ing writ­ten an email sug­gest­ing that my col­leagues lis­ten to the news, use dis­cre­tion and fol­low the gover­nor’s in­struc­tions.

Part of my de­ci­sion hinged on a meet­ing planned with a prospec­tive client, who, I sus­pected, might de­cide to come into Bos­ton that day any­way. I wrote him to say that I was avail­able if he was in the cit y, but that if he wasn’t, we should resched­ule at his con­ve­nience. He was al­ready at work in his of­fice a block away. While that was not the ma­jor rea­son, I be­lieve that one fac­tor in his choice to hire us is that we shared a sim­i­lar view of the wide­spread lock­down, and this in­di­cated some­thing about my work ethic and that

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