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The discovery of America by Christopher Columbus shows how organization leaders take risks Columbus was confronted by complex situations and people challenged him to prove his theories In 1492 C started a journey that began as a crazy thought but became an historical change to the world This journey and the antecedents can be extrapolated to organizations showing leadership and a cognitive decision process Columbus showed acts of immense courage that were done through risk taking decision making ambition and knowledge which are common strategies in todays organizations Columbus had concoctive thinking and previous experiences that allowed him to reach his goal Organizations are faced with taking risks in stages to succeed just as Columbus took the risk to explore new lands However this risk was taken on the basis of his knowledge of astronomy geometry and cosmography These basis or conditions are quite similar to the ones an organization has such as the knowledge of its own products competitors barriers and the whole environment To take risks one must be confident of the facts that take place in certain situations therefore the power to convince becomes a reality to the decision takers Columbus convinced the Spanish sovereigns through an elaborate plan to win much more than they could lose and also negotiated with them to get a tenth of the profits and be named Viceroy of the new lands Organization leaders should take advantage of risk taking in fields which are unexplored by competitors The Negotiation factor also becomes an interesting matter for managers in risk taking that has to be considered carefully in order to succeed Columbus was an inspired purveyor of ideas as well as a splendid seaman and readily synthesized all the information at hand into a pattern that established that China lay some 3000 miles due west of Europe Wilcox 1977 p13 This fact presents how Columbus Bounded rationality let him take a chance that if he had known
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