Paraphrasing a well-known statement,”Cash is the king”, I’d put The Chance on the throne. When you think about how much it means in our lives you’ll be astonished. Take me, for example. Purely by chance an Intel manager found my CV over 8 years ago, and it started my Intel career. The President of International Community Association of Nizhny Novgorod and I bumped into each other at a large department store four years ago, and this kicked off my interest in ICANN where I serve as Vice President now. My wife found me on ICQ, instant messenger many years ago before the social networks were invented…and now :)
When I reflect on each business day, I see a lot of chances that could lead to an amazing opportunity for me, my team and my company. There are a couple of things to keep in mind, however, when dealing with The Chance. First, one needs to have an absolutely positive attitude towards The Chance itself, and luck in general. Even more important, having a positive attitude towards the Failure which sometimes (more often than not) follows the attempt. Second, one has to consciously commit a certain amount of resources (time, money, people – in a form of research team, etc.) to explore the chances and turn them into valuable opportunities. Third, if someone really wants to be successful in dealing with The Chance, they do not necessarily have to be lucky. It’s all about attitude and ability to work hard, along with a bit of strategic thinking (to see if the opportunity is big enough to deal with). The latter can be easily developed; just look for a chance to do it.
Looking back to the day I got a call about job at Intel – I had very positive attitude about that opportunity, I decided that I was ready to go all the way of interviews and formalities. And keeping my strategic career goals in mind, I saw clear perspective of how this chance may play out for me. If I weren’t open to taking the risk, if I got bored with formalities, if I hadn’t got a vision for my career for the following 3-5 years, The Chance would have been wasted.
Seriously, if you look at the reverse angle – the strategic capability of a successful leader can sometimes be defined through the rate at which they take their chances and win at the end. So these two entities are linked to each other. If you haven’t done this yet, you should re-consider the chances and opportunities you had in the past couple of months andset aside some of your personal and professional resources so you can deal with them in the future and set your mind to win. Even if your chance does not come this time – you’re winning by developing your strategic acumen, with every chance you take.