Weekly Wrap – 28th May 2015

Hi I am Tom McLeod, Co-Founder of McLeod Governance.

This is what I would be thinking about this week.

The Elevator Moment

Of all the vehicles that I travel in, other than a car the one that I travel in the most is probably an elevator.

That’s right.  All of us tend to get into an elevator each and every day and think nothing of it.

But if we stop and consider the risks involved we get jettisoned from ground floor to our destination in a matter of seconds.

We are in a very fast capsule but we think nothing of it because done it that many times over.

That all changed for me yesterday when I was alone in a lift and it went down to the ground floor and I could hear an enormous amount of air rushing through the doors – as if the doors were slightly open.

It wasn’t.  And I arrived safely at my destination – obviously otherwise I wouldn’t have been presenting this video.

Taking Risks for Granted

What it made me think as I got out of the lift – and I wiped the sweat of my brow – was that we can start taking risks for granted.

My challenge today is what are the risks that you take for granted?

For me – one of the risks that I take for granted is the risk of getting into an elevator.

I never – or at least up until yesterday – stop to think of what may happen.

Risk Blind Spots 

So in organisations there is this blindness and my challenge to everyone is to seek out that blind spot and work out mechanisms to make sure that when you have your elevator moment you are ready for it.

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