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The crew of an aircraft begin their duty period with a routine that sets them up for the success of that flight. They collect information about the weather conditions at their departure, destination and alternate airports, their assigned aircraft, and fuel and payload requirements. They discuss how these may affect each other and start to…Read More
We’re really good at suffering. It makes us feel productive and capable. I’m not talking about the heart-wrenching type of suffering that everyone can recognise. I’m talking about the daily suffering that we volunteer for because it makes us feel like we’re achieving something when we solve it – that allows us to feel intelligent…Read More
At a point where the world has been in crisis for a year, the psychology of leadership has changed. Even the leaders and team members most practised at declaring their energy and readiness are sounding less convinced, which is not really surprising when we’ve been making it up as we go along for an extended…Read More
Leadership is all about change, not status quo. Fear of change is often what holds us back, and therefore being able to manage change well is the nitty gritty of leadership. The reason we struggle so much with change is that it’s generally hard to predict exactly what’s on the other side of it. For…Read More
The first month of 2021 has required much of us already. I have met with teams determined not to be held back by the weirdness of our current time, and also teams who don’t know where they’re going to draw the impetus to move through this next month from, let alone the year. Knowing how…Read More
“Before take-off, a professional pilot is keen, anxious, but lest someone read his true feelings, he is elaborately casual.” This simple line from the forward of Ernest K. Gann’s book “Island in the Sky” describes a familiar demeanour not only of pilots, but of leadership. It describes a balancing act between awareness of self and…Read More
As a small child, I remember looking up to my Father as he donned his uniform to go and fly. He took immense pride in the uniform he wore – there was only one way to tie a tie, and his routine was capped off by lifting each already-shiny shoe onto the side of the…Read More
The subject that I draw my knowledge from, Crew Resource Management, has been described as the synergistic coming together of systems, equipment and people. It’s about effectively meshing all the various puzzle pieces that make us able to operate at a high level of skill, functionality, efficiency and productivity. Crew Resource Management doesn’t focus on…Read More
Leadership in any space requires an element of creating safe space for our team members to speak into. It requires invitation of input so that we can benefit from the different perspectives of having that team, and so that each team member can benefit from having their perspectives stretched by new ones too. Leadership isn’t…Read More