Professional Feature: Dare


About The Professional Feature 'Dare'

You dare to take risks in order to achieve a certain favorable result, even if that can have adverse consequences for your own situation.

Someone with courage tackles difficult situations, doesn't shy away from risks and is not guided by fear.

What does that mean in concrete terms?

- Decide based on incomplete information

In practice, a decision often has to be made while there is insufficient information available to make a safe choice, which almost guarantees a successful outcome. Someone with daring does everything possible to find more or better information, but then he makes a decision. It may turn out to be the wrong choice, but he doesn't avoid that risk.

- Take a controversial position

Sometimes you've good arguments for taking a certain position, but your environment still thinks differently. Of course you listen to criticism and you are open to the views of others. But when it comes down to it, you dare to make your own position clear and to defend it.

- Profiling in the group

Whether it's a department, project team or management team, it's often necessary for someone in the group to stick out their necks to raise a problem, to bring about a change. That person accepts the risk that his input encounters criticism or resistance, or that he receives personal reproach.

- Deviation from guidelines and standard procedures

You may end up in a special situation where it's necessary to deviate from the applicable guidelines and standard procedures. If you want to play safe then you report the problem to your boss. Someone with daring takes the action they deem necessary, which he can and wants to justify afterwards.

Practical examples

A financial controller sees that the results of a certain department are declining. He can hide behind his advisory role, hide the problem in a financial report and submit it to the management team. But a controller with courage approaches the relevant department head and raises the problem.

You have been traveling for the boss and you've incurred costs. Upon your return, the financial administration will reject part of your claim, because those costs would not be eligible for reimbursement. If you've the guts, then you confront the bureaucracy. For example, you can discuss the problem with the administrator, with the head of administration, with your own department head and with human resources. You could even submit your claim formally and in writing and insist that you are in your right. Remember that it's not necessarily seen as negative that you stand up for your own interests, because when it comes down to it, you will stand up for the interests of your boss or employer in the same way. It is of course important that you proceed with care, that you properly document the declaration, that you comply with the applicable rules and guidelines, etc.

Some other examples of professions for which you need a good deal of courage: journalist, investment adviser, photographer and marketing manager.

I dare...

Do you've guts? Check to what extent you recognize yourself in the following statements:

- I dare to bring something forward if I'm not sure (but I say that in addition).
- I dare to say to a higher-ranking colleague that I don't agree with him.
- I dare to share my doubts with my subordinates and seek support from them.
- I dare to ask critical questions to my supervisor or a colleague.
- At the end of the afternoon I dare to go home first.
- I dare to set limits and say no to a request, for example to work overtime.
- I dare to do something new and make mistakes.
- I dare to tell a colleague or customer that I can't keep my promise.

Dare to prove during a job application

You apply for the position of editor-in-chief. The magazine specifically asks for someone who is daring. Why dare you wonder? You soon know the answer. As final editor you are the quality controller of all texts for the magazine. You remove the latest errors and see if the text is legible. If you find a piece that is below par, you should be able to refuse it, including articles from highly experienced journalists.

To prove your courage, you can draw on experiences in your current position as a journalist. If you interview an important manager or politician, you often have to start a discussion with him and dare to tell him or her if you think that what is being said is not right. Sometimes such a person runs away angry. Then you are not afraid to call later, so that you can finish your story. You explain this in your.application letter and use a powerful anecdote with a famous politician to attract attention.

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