At the start of this year we presented a three hour workshop at a national conference for an organisation in Auckland. ‘Riding the Wave of Change in 2012’ was the theme of the conference and it was a great opportunity to work with people on Resiliency, Preparedness and Safety.
An opportunity for people to be together certainly injects energy into a group, encourages a higher level of commitment into the organisation and announces to everyone that they are thought about and cared for. An amazing group to work with and we came away feeling 2012 is definitely a year for moving forward.
It’s about looking ahead, planning ahead, feeling optimistic and empowered that every action and thought we have contributes to deeper resiliency for ourselves and our organisations.
Trust of your leaders, the resources you have on-site and your ability to keep yourself safe in a range of incidents is a life-long skill. The ability for people to be able to rely on and trust your leaders is always important but especially so during an emergency.
In a recent Dominion Post article on Rob Fyfe, CEO for Air New Zealand the following comments were made of his leadership. “He conveys a sense of humility and a human touch. He works hard to do a good job. He regularly serves coffee on domestic flights, taking the ‘pulse’ of the staff and customers” In 2008 when an Air New Zealand Airbus A320 jet crashed off the coast of France. Fyfe’s personal handling of the tragedy escorting the grieving families to France and returning with the victims was widely commended. He could be trusted to step up when needed. Rob Fyfe is considered one of New Zealand’s best leaders. How would his leadership compare with that of Captain Francesco Schettino on the Costa Concordia?
Emergencies often occur with little warning so the preparations of people in organisations prior to an event can never be underestimated. A lot of important work goes under the radar in readiness for a range of emergencies yet in an actual emergency it is all that hard work that comes to the fore. It’s all the mental and physical preparation, the training and development of plans/procedures that kicks into action and just occurs.
The 4 R’s of Emergency Management provide the backbone for organisations to plan for ‘what if’ scenarios. Response and recovery work developed in readiness have proven for many organisations a bonus. So keep up the great work. We look forward to supporting you further in 2012.