"Management’s job is not to prevent risk but to build the capability to recover when failures occur."I so wish things worked more like this. Rather than being in a constant "let's not do anything with risk" mode, it would switch to a "let's push the envelope, and prepare for when it rips" mode.
This was from Ed Catmul (the president of Pixar), in a web article called "How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity". You can read the article here.