I changed my car recently.  When I collected the new one I was given two keys: the main one, which was integrated with the remote-control fob and a spare which was just a key.  They were on two keyrings which were linked.  When I got home I could see only one.  It seemed that the rings must have separated.  I checked my pockets, the floor of the car, more pockets… I ‘phoned the garage and was assured I had not dropped one there.  I ‘phoned the filling station where I had stopped on the way home.  (Have you ever noticed that however much you pay for a car you don’t get much petro included in the price?).   NI remembered having had a struggle with the lock on the petrol ap.  No luck.  I worried all night.  The next day I went to get a duplicate cut.  That would reduce the seriousness if I were to lose the other key, but I was still worrying as to who might have got the missing one.  As I held up the key to ask the man to copy it, I noticed that there were two keys on the two rings, which were joined.  Somehow I had misled myself with an optical illusion.  It had something to do with the fact that one key disappeared into the remote-control fob.  Or something.  Did I feel stupid?  What do you think?

So what’s this got to do with Risk Management?

Forget the risk of losing a key!  My point is that sometimes you cannot see a thing that is right in front of you.  The harder you look, the less you can see.

That is why we all need someone else to look at a problem with us.  Someone who is not too closely involved.  That independent view can be very valuable, when a problem seems to have defeated you.

Think about it.

Then give me a ring.

Not a keyring!

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