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July/August, 2018  

July/August Newsletter

RISK Sweet Spot

Risk Taking 101
Find Balance

Kay Fittes, August, 2018

“You can’t be successful in business without taking risks.  It’s really that simple."

—Adena Friedman
President and CEO of Nasdaq

Taking risks is necessary in business; however, you don’t want to be the one who jumps into anything or the one who lags behind and misses an opportunity.  Hopefully, after thinking this through with me, you’ll be able to find your sweet spot – being both confident and completely aware as you make a risky decision.  If you have any questions, after reading this, I’m always here to coach and support you!

First of all, there are three types of risk-takers:  jumpers, ruminators and sweet spot riskers.  Jumpers don’t exercise due diligence.  Jumpers are unrealistic about the circumstances, their resources and possibly time management.  Jumpers might be unrealistic about the potential revenue, haven’t thought about how time consuming something is and generally have blinders on.

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Kay Fittes

Each month in this section, Kay offers actionable career consulting tips.

Monitoring Your Risk-Taking Behaviors

  1. Start by spending one week logging your risk-taking experience, noting what you avoid and what you over-analyze.  Answer these questions in your log or journal:
    • What have I missed?  What have I not thought of?
    • What am I avoiding?  What don’t I want to consider?
    • How would someone I admire approach this?
    • What is slowing me down?
    • What are the possible repercussions from each of decisions?
  1. Review your log and identify one risk you may need to slow down, one issue that needs more review.  For example, have you run financials?  If the numbers are not your skill-set, have you reached out to a financial person that you trust to help you?

  2. Review your log and identify one risk you may need to speed up, one issue that you seem stuck on.  For example, maybe you’ve done a full analysis of potential competitors, you’ve exhausted your searches, been to the federal trademarks website and still can’t find a business in your area that will offer what you have to offer, yet you keep searching.  Maybe it’s time to move on.

If you haven’t found your risk sweet-spot or you are ready to make a career push, let me guide you in some next steps.  Please call me at 513-561-4288 or email me at

Client Testimonial - Ashley Aya Ferguson

Ashley Aya Ferguson

Earlier this year, I attended the Business Courier’s annual Mentoring Monday event.  I had just landed a new job that I absolutely loved and self-published a children’s book, so I wasn’t sure what I was looking for, but I left with exactly what I needed.  Kay Fittes was gracious enough to stay after all of the speed-mentoring sessions were over and I just had to meet her.

We spoke for only a few moments, and I was so impressed with her ability to share my vision and answer my questions that I signed on as a client before ever seeing or hearing her deliver a speech.  There is something to be said about trusting your gut.

Coaching with Kay has been phenomenal.  She doesn’t let you hide the things that hold you back – she makes you address them in the most loving way possible.  Because we have walked through this together, I feel much more confident and capable of doing the things that once terrified me.  I know I have a job to do – to inspire young women – and she has helped me get out of my own way.

Kay has given me great tools to help me continue to move forward even after our time together.  I have tools for presentation, tools for business, and tools for personal growth.  I would tell anyone who was considering a coaching relationship to get started right away.  Invest in yourself.  You will not be sorry that you did.

Ashley Aya Ferguson

Full-time content professional and author of Girl, You Are Magic!

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