The Righting Reflex – The Difference between Jumping and Plotting a Path

Monday, 14 July 2014  |  Posted in: Articles  |  3min read

Why do cats land on their feet?

Are they just lucky or is there something about them internally that just knows how to fall and what to do. Cats have what’s called a righting reflex – it is a cat’s innate ability to orient itself as it falls in order to land on its feet, with little or no injury. Now wouldn’t we love that ability when making business decisions to know that whatever path we decide it will be the right one even though we have not paced through the steps?

The righting reflex in business needs to be our Leaders in business. These are the ones that guide, support, show is integrity and ultimately plot the path for the business to meet its objectives.

You must have vision (spot your target, work out how to reach it and pace carefully…), have passion (remember why you want to do this and keep the eye on the prize you are getting closer), make great decisions (this means recognising your constraints and possible hurdles…perhaps avoid the dog in the driveway…) , be a team builder (there are many ways to get places but the journey is far sweeter when you look to you look left and right and share it with someone) and above all things have character; (be remembered for your strategic risk taking, your fair but firm attitude and your even your unusual dress sense or hair colour. We can’t all be the same and it takes all of the above to steal your master’s chair and know that at that moment you have earned your seat.

In addition to the righting reflex cats have a number of other features that will reduce damage from a fall. Their small size, light bone structure, and thick fur decrease their terminal velocity.

The reality is that you need to take risks to taste success, and there will be the occasional moments when you loose your footings after letting go of the safety rail.

What doesn’t kill us usually make us stronger. Not necessarily.

Strength following failure comes from a combination of wisdom to learn from your mistakes, determination to continue the path, courage to face failure again and faith in your own abilities.

Challenging environments often breed successful people, its the adversity, competition and skills for survival that fuel and nurture leadership qualities. So if you grow up with adversity and come out on top, then you’re likely leadership material or at least someone with solid success potential. Like the runt of the litter.

Cats are adventurous, persistent and inquisitive creatures, despite risk or reward they can jump the fence without knowing what is on the other side, they can afford to – they apparently have 9 lives. So which life are you on now..or do you need to start the journey…this is a onetime event …make these moments memorable.

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