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Accepting Threats

One possible response to a threat is to just accept it. Acceptance is a suitable reaction when a threat is small, unavoidable, or unknown — or when it’s impossible to avoid, transfer, or mitigate.

When you choose acceptance, you may simply hope for the best and plan appropriate responses to any of the repercussions that arise. Acceptance can be either passive or active.

Passive acceptance

Passive acceptance involves doing nothing unless a threat arises, then you try to tackle the consequences. For example, bad weather can cause delays to construction projects.

Your planning team may try to schedule major outdoor tasks for the Summer for better weather, but ultimately you have to accept the risk of an occasional rainy day and some delays.

Active acceptance

In the case of active acceptance, you accept a threat, but plan in advance how to handle the consequences if the threat is realized. Basically, you and your organization accept a threat until it occurs, at which point you implement the backup plan you’ve prepared.

Imagine you’re scheduled to go on a business trip and you hear on the traffic report that there may be delays on a particular highway due to roadwork. In passive acceptance mode, you could decide to take a route that includes the affected highway and just accept any delays.