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    the stakes are small

    What do you think is "stakes" here? "betting money" or "danger"?

    24)Becoming a good leader is a lifelong learning process. If you don't try out your leadership skills and decision-making processes when the stakes are small and the risks are low, you're likely to get into trouble at higher levels when the cost of mistakes is high, the impact if far reaching, and the exposure to danger is greater...

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    Re: the stakes are small

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    when the stakes are small and the risks are low

    Definition 2A: stake - definition of stake by Macmillan Dictionary
    Things that you can gain or lose by taking a risk, for example in business or politics.

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    Re: the stakes are small

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What do you think is "stakes" here? "betting money" or "danger"?

    24)Becoming a good leader is a lifelong learning process. If you don't try out your leadership skills and decision-making processes when the stakes are small and the risks are low, you're likely to get into trouble at higher levels when the cost of mistakes is high, the impact if far reaching, and the exposure to danger is greater...
    This use of "stake" seems to have come from the world of gambling, wagering. You will run across it in the word "sweepstakes" and also in some horse races, e.g. the Belmont Stakes.

    As JMurray posted, use of this word has expanded to include risks in other areas.

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