What have politics to do with maritime human factors training? Or rather, what can politicians learn from an industry where leadership, communication, challenge & response and situation awareness are critical in order to make good decisions and to get things right? It turned out, quite a lot. Martin Hernqvist of ALL Academy, who gave the presentation, said he had never before illustrated the need for resource management with such an odd example, far from the maritime business. The presentation clearly showed that resource management is not just for shipping and aviation. The ideas can be applied in everything that we do – at work and in our personal lives – in situations where good decsions are critical. “It was a little bit of an experiment”, Martin admits after his presentation. “Politics may be sensitive, people may have very strong opinions about it and you don’t know who is in the audience.” However, the presentation was well received at the CrewConnect Europe Conference and Martin claimed he had never before received so many positive comments from delagates after a presentation like this time in Copenhagen.
What can we learn from this? First, looking at things from a different perspective is always important. Second, if you have an idea that you wish to try – no matter how odd it may seem – “just do it”.