There are some people who are very aware of what can go wrong. They think about risk and cost. This can make them appear negative to people who don’t really understand their way of thinking. However these people aren’t necessarily negative they are just aware of the negatives.
When dealing with people who are risk aware, sometimes people think that responding by being positive is the answer. However being positive or negative isn’t the issue. The issue is dealing with potential risk and / or the cost. The better way of dealing with the risk aware is to have a plan to minimize risk, or to deal with things if they go wrong.
The awareness of risk means that these people value a conscientious approach. They want time to think through all the things that might go wrong and then formulate plans to deal with any potential disasters.
They often get frustrated when people want to rush into things because for them it means that things have been thought through well enough. They also often don’t feel comfortable having to speak about things when they haven’t been given time to think through them. They will probably prefer to ask questions about the issue and find out more information before committing to anything. These factors can make the risk aware appear to be slow and pessimistic.
The risk aware can be a great resource to people when planning. They will be able to help people think through things that can go wrong and formulate plans for dealing with the risk. This talent can be a great counter balance to others that want to rush in and get going with things without proper planning.