A view on the 737 Max disaster..

A beautifully clear piece of “technical” writing. (Via John Naughton)

Design shortcuts meant to make a new plane seem like an old, familiar one are to blame.

“….The 737 Max saga teaches us not only about the limits of technology and the risks of complexity, it teaches us about our real priorities. Today, safety doesn’t come first—money comes first, and safety’s only utility in that regard is in helping to keep the money coming. The problem is getting worse because our devices are increasingly dominated by something that’s all too easy to manipulate: software….”

“….I cannot get the parallels between the 737 Max and the space shuttle Challenger out of my head. The Challenger accident, another textbook case study in normal failure, came about not because people didn’t follow the rules but because they did….”

Full article here

 

The Monday Morning Quote #531

“Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.” 

Steven Pressfield

The Monday Morning Quote #530

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”

Bill Nye (Science Communicator)

 

Gaping Void nails it….again!

Full link here

 

The Monday Morning Quote #529

The Day After One of the Greatest Stories in Sport a couple of quotes from Eldrick “Tiger” Woods.

“People don’t understand that when I grew up, I was never the most talented, I was never the biggest, I was never the fastest, I certainly was never the strongest.

The only thing I had was my work ethic, and that’s been what has gotten me this far.” 


“Days when you just don’t have it, you don’t pack it in, you give it everything you’ve .

You grind it out.” 


It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it.

The recent CIPD research in partnership with Simply Health was completed in November 2018 and covered more than 3.2 million employees across the UK.

The top causes of long term sickness were mental ill health & stress with 59% & 54% respectively.

 

 

The top three causes of stress related illness are:

  • Workloads / volume of work.  62%
  • Management style.   43%
  • Relationships at work. 30%

Your style as a manager needs to vary depending upon the different environments and employees. Management styles can be categorised as autocratic, democratic and laissez faire. What do you think your’s is?

If you need help with either your own management style or your managers’ style then drop me a line at alunrees@mac.com – it’s what I’m here for.

The full report is available here.

CIPD’s Top tips to support managers to minimise stress in their teams is available here.

 

 

The removal of options in young people’s lives.

Actor Jason Isaacs (of “Hi to Jason” fame) was interviewed in the FT “Inventory” column last weekend. Here is one of the questions, his answer and comment.

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