Sailors aboard ships all over the world know and understand the need for drills.
The repetition of the various duties and roles will cement in each person’s mind what needs to be done in an emergency situation. Then, if something does happen, the thinking component is replaced by the practiced action and understanding of the specific situation. Everyone responds because they are trained as a unit and the situation is handled.
What happens when a wrinkle to a situation happens?
The old fly in the ointment scenario. Of course the answer is it depends…
Imagine if everyone had to abandon ship at sea.
The new home for everyone was the lifeboat they were assigned to. Hopefully the distress signals and radio broadcasts were heard, however, there is no exact knowledge of when another ship will rescue everyone. So now the rations must be checked and the amount of them verified in order to distribute the rations on a schedule so they don’t run out.
You are the person in charge of this lifeboat, so you know how many crew members are on board. Upon opening the watertight hatches where the rations are stored it is clear more than half of the mandated supplies are missing.
What would you do?
If you consider your current job and your career path you can easily list at least five things you bring to the table for your company. You know these skills well enough to list them right now. Next to each one you can write how many times and for how many years you have done each one of these items really well. In fact, better than anyone else at the company.
No question that these skills and repeated accomplishments are your area of expertise. Now no one is wishing this on you – you lose your job for reasons outside of your control – just done, it’s all over.
How many times in your entire working life have you had to find a job?
Why would you even think you should do this by yourself?
On the lifeboat, the person in charge would present the dilemma to the crewmembers on the boat and discuss ideas and some options. As it happened to me, we fished off the lifeboat successfully and caught enough fish to take care of the food problem. By discussing the situation openly we were able to find out that three members of the crew on our boat were experienced fisherman.
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Be safe, be calm, stay strong,
Mitch Tublin is the CEO and Founder of Wenkroy International LLC a boutique consulting company with a main focus on adding value to people. Through Speaking, Training and Coaching we change lives. Our passion is to take people to the next level in their life and in their career or business.