Jimmy Chin is one of the best mountain climbers alive. He knows fear. And how to manage it:
The full quote, from Outside magazine 19 October 2015:
Fear is always there, it’s a survival instinct. You just need to know how to manage it. It’s about sorting out perceived risk from real risk, and then being as rational as possible with what’s left. Am I in control of the situation? Do I possess the skills and capabilities to succeed? If you answer yes to these kinds of questions, go. But if you answer no, have the guts to turn around. Don’t get paralyzed—get rational.
A major US airline is tweaking its SOPs.
I like the way they now express their philosophy, and priority, of standard operating procedures. In six words:
“Safety checklists are not a piece of paper that somehow magically protect patients, but rather they are a tool to help change practice, to foster a specific type of behavior in communication, to change implicit communication to explicit in order to create a culture where speaking up is permitted and encouraged and to create an environment where information is shared between all members of the team.”
“Safety checklists can significantly reduce death in surgery. But they won’t if surgical teams treat them as just ticking a box.”
Haynes, A. B., Edmondson, L., Lipsitz, S. R., Molina, G., Neville, B. A., Singer, S. J., Moonan, A. T., Childers, A. K., Foster, R., Gibbons, L. R., Gawande, A. A., and Berry, W. R. (2017). Mortality Trends After a Voluntary Checklist-based Surgical Safety Collaborative. Annals of Surgery, online April 8, 2017, doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002249
“You must set yourself on fire.”
It’s not easy, it’s not fun, and it will hurt at times.
But fuel the fire. It’s worth it.