When does democracy break?
We spend most of our waking hours being held to account between the guardrails of risk-informed and responsible decision making. Undoubtedly, we often climb over the guardrails and make ill-informed, irresponsible and irrational decisions, but that is human agency. It is also true that we would not innovate, create or discover if we could not explore the other side of our safety guardrails. Today’s perception of responsible decision making is different to that our grandparents held. Our grandchildren will look back at our “risk-informed” decisions with the advantage of hindsight and question why our risk management frameworks were so short-term-focused. However, we need to recognise that our guardrails are established by current political, economic and societal framing. What are we optimising for? ” I often ask the question, “ what are we optimising for? ” The reason I ask this question is to draw out different viewpoints in a leadership team. The viewpoints that drive individ