Have you heard the fable about the frog in the pot? Hint: It’s the perfect metaphor for RISK.
Long story short, if you drop a frog in a pot of hot water it will jump right back out. Obviously. However, if you gently place the frog in a pot of lukewarm water on a stove and gradually turn up the heat, the frog will turn into “cooked frog legs”
rather than move. This is not only the nature of frogs; it is human nature as well.
- People who are in careers that they can’t stand but won’t change.
- People who live in a terrible relationship but won’t leave their partner.
You want to scream at these people – get out! Like the frog in the pot, the
comfort level they perceive within their environment was greater than the fear, or the “risk” associated with moving. Unfortunately these people are working with the old model of risk. To continue reading James Marstiller's article on frogs and blogs, click here!
The above fable was told to us on the Business of Success radio show by president of The Solutions Partnership and author of The Power to Innovate: Rewiring the Minds of Individuals and Organizations, James Marstiller. Listen in to the following interview as James explains his 'Frog in the Pot Risk Theory' along with his analysis of what drives innovation.