So, since we’ve been discussing WaveRiders and boats for months now, I thought this story would be appropriate. Being a huge movie fan, I went to re-watch Titanic in 3D last month on the 100th anniversary of ship sinking. And although the movie is more focused on a love story, it is actually really tragic how so many people died when it could have been avoided had they anticipated what they could/did encounter.
When we talk about Health and Safety in organizations, it is easy to get lost in the details of H&S within manufacturing industries where a lot of cases come from. Nonetheless, there are other business fields in which failure to anticipate accidents leads to fatal results. Take for instance managing a law firm, hotel or school...there is usually basic knowledge management (e.g., procedures on fire escape) but because they are reasonably “safe” environments, it is mostly reactive measures that are taken once disaster strikes…you hear of cases where there is shootings in schools and because there is no procedures or codes on how to react, so a number of lives are lost out of panic and disorder/chaos…and that is just one of the few cases to say the least.
Amongst the few things I gathered from Titanic for instance in relation to KBAM is such as the ship not being able to turn sufficiently to avoid any impact with the ice-berg because of the speed of the ship, the fact that iceberg was seen too late and the size of the rudder. Organizations that don’t know how to break a problem down into specific cause-and-effect relationships mistakenly oversimplify a complex incident by providing solutions such as ‘don’t hit icebergs’. There was also a cancelled lifeboat drill; apparently there was to be a session scheduled on how to use the life boats on the day the ship sailed but the captain ordered it to be cancelled, for unknown reasons,so 53% of people who could have survived due to the space on the life boats,died. I could go on an on about prevention of so many deaths or human errors that led to that tragedy. The point I am trying to reach at here is the importance of managing knowledge, sharing knowledge and anticipating possible outcomes.
So far I am learning a lot from KBAM,but whats even more, frightened…we all have a huge challenge in our future careers. The man who designed Titanic (well one of the main guys, I remember there was two in the movie, not sure who was the leading engineer and who was the designer) refused to take a life jacket and leave the ship with one of the life boats out of guilt that so many lives were being lost…if you are not mentally, spiritually and emotionally prepared when you go out into the real world, you will not survive such incidents…H&S is an incredibly important aspect of KBAM!
Until Next Time,