Cars that drive themselves, 3D-printers and robots vacuuming your living room: technology is developing rapidly and the possibilities seem endless. But growth always has a price, because human error is inevitable. But in these error success can be found. You just need to want to see it ...
In 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico an explosion occurred on Deep Horizon an oilrig of BP. As a result, according to The New York Times, over 16 million gallons of oil a day spilled into the ocean. The disaster is going down as the worst environmental disaster in the history of the United States. Main cause: inadequate security system caused by cost reduction in the pursuit of profit.
One year later, on the 11th of March 2011, on the coast of Japan an earthquake in the ocean occurred, which was followed by a tsunami. As a result, nuclear power plant Fukushima I got severely damaged, emitting huge amounts of radiation. Repairing the damage will still take many more years. Cause of this major disaster: human error.
Man is by nature imperfect. Making mistakes is very human, including the tendency not wanting to admit to that. In first instance, and both in cases (oil spill and nuclear disaster), the errors were camouflaged. BP has even admitted destroying evidence. Because of the enormous impact of these disasters, the public pressure was high, so that no stone was left unturned. However this is not always the case.
In 2006, Al Gore released the groundbreaking documentary An Inconvenient Truth, warning for the dangers of global warming. The title is quite appropriate, because the film is everything but cheerful. Nevertheless, a necessary message, because change starts with you and will only happen after honest self-reflection. To be able to grow continuous learning is required, and learning includes trial and error.
Al Gore and his Oscar-winning documentary made a significant contribution to the global climate awareness. Yet there is still a long way to go. According to the World Wildlife Fund climate change is going ever faster, is more unexpected and severe: ‘We must act urgently now or face frightening new impacts.’ Among other, they refer to the damage to ecosystems by burning fossil fuels, dumping toxins in the oceans and global warming. WWF calls on governments and investors to invest in renewable energy, but their call is only partially observed. Still the issue seems not acute enough for honest self-reflection and true change.
Self-reflection is the way to learn, from good and bad things. Also organisations can benefit from self-reflection, but that is useless if there is no will to learn from mistakes. Anyone consistently examining his or her own performance will soon understand how it can be different: more efficient, more effective and therefore better. Difficult? Not really: RADAR shows you the way.
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