There is an interesting study published in the journal Injury Prevention on behavior change among skiers and snowboarders when they wear a helmet.
What would you guess?
If you guessed Option B, you are correct. The study tells us that helmeted skiers and snowboarders appear to ski or snowboard more safely.
So, what does this tell us about human nature and intelligent risk-taking in an organizational setting? The logical conclusion is that the better you prepare for the risk or initiative you are pursuing, the more comfortable you will be going forward.
The lesson: prepare well before getting started. One thing you can do is utilize the six steps of intelligent risk-taking presented in my books The Power of Risk (Maxwell Press), Business Lessons from the Edge (McGraw-Hill) and The First-Time Manager (AMACOM).
The second lesson: Preparing well and proceeding intelligently is not likely to make you more risk-inclined and more prone to lapse into poor decisions.
Both good outcomes.
The study was conducted by researchers at San Diego State University. The full paper on the study is available on the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) website at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2598370/pdf/173.pdf. (The NCBI is part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.)