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Would you listen to Managing the Unexpected again? Why?
I am not sure. I might, just for some of the particular examples of preparedness
What was one of the most memorable moments of Managing the Unexpected?
The simple and powerful idea that typically, we provide weak responses to weak signals of trouble, and in many situations that's inadequate. Weak signs of trouble require strong responses. That idea stunned me.
What aspect of Judy Mahby’s performance would you have changed?
I hate to sound mean, but I would prefer somebody else.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
NO. It is not a book for fun. It is a book for work.
Any additional comments?
Karl Weick is one of the most influential scientists studying how firms operate. His theory of sensemaking was extremely influential. In this book, there are some pretty interesting ideas on how to manage things in a way that terrible things do not happen.
What bothered me in this book is I could not necessarily see WHY would organizations go through all that trouble and the unpleasantness of executing the things needed, some sort of cost-benefit analysis if you will. In the examples that were provided it was pretty clear - sure, a terrible fire that could not be stopped is a horrible consequence. But let's face it, most of us work in far less critical environments and the worst that would happen - well maybe there'd be a scandal and the place would close. Is the added trouble worth it? I would like to see that addressed a bit more.
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The principles and practices of Nuclear Air craft carriers provided a very valuable insight into best practices. A culture of safety is highlighted really well through good leadership and chronic unease.