The theme for the 2023 summer safety campaign is "No Compromise on Safety". In this article we ask you to think about what it means to be "Ready", "Resilient" and "Responsive" in a slightly different way. By linking James Bond theme songs, the Mamma Mia 2 movie, Taylor Swift and Ted Lasso we have a practical way to visualise what you are trying to achieve this summer.
When "No Compromise" is not quite what it seems
Firstly, the whole title of campaign is designed to get you thinking and talking about safety. The reality is that there will be some compromises to made in your operations this summer. The challenge is to make sure that you make any difficult decisions following a clear risk-based, decision-making process that result in risk being owned by the organisation and not by the front-line staff.
We ask you to consider if your organisation is “Ready, Resilient and Responsive enough for this summer's challenges?” Rules provide the baseline – hence the no compromise element. It’s vital that you identify and manage your risks while also looking after your people so they can perform to their best.
- Ready: You have enough competent people and the resources you need to manage risks effectively so that you can ensure safe and effective operations.
- Resilient: You are prepared for any operational challenges and external threats and support your staff to perform to their best. You don't push the boundaries of the rules and are on guard for risk transfer.
- Responsive: You have the mindset to promote safety reporting and encourage collaborative safety conversations. You react positively and quickly to challenges or changing situations and communicate effectively.
Being Ready - The tone a James Bond Theme Song sets for the whole movie
We defined "Being Ready" as having enough competent people and the resources you need to manage risks effectively so that you can ensure safe and effective operations.
Really, this is about having all the things in place that sets the tone for your summer. Compare it to the role that a James Bond theme song performs for the whole story of each film. Just like the iconic tunes that set the tone for 007's adventures, readiness in aviation safety establishes a strong foundation for everything that will happen next. It is about meticulous planning, attention to detail, and a commitment to preparedness.
As aviation professionals, you understand that safety is not a product of chance but a result of deliberate effort. Every aspect of an operation, from maintenance to crew training, adheres to stringent standards and has specific needs in terms of people, equipment and other resources.
Just as a Bond theme song resonates with anticipation and sets the stage for an extraordinary journey, readiness in aviation safety creates an environment where risks are identified, mitigated, and prevented, enabling a smooth and secure flight - every time.
Being Resilient - The boat scene in the Mamma Mia 2 Movie after the storm
So what about "Resilience" then? The campaign defines that as being prepared for any operational challenges and external threats and support your staff to perform to their best. You don't push the boundaries of the rules and are on guard for risk transfer.
It's a little like grabbing victory from the jaws of defeat. No matter what the summer had to throw at you and your teams, you came through it.
It's a bit like the boat scene in the movie Mamma Mia 2. Despite a storm, the characters display unwavering determination and adaptability. Similarly, as aviation professionals, you will face various challenges and unexpected situations throughout the summer. You understand that these setbacks and obstacles are inevitable but refuse to let them deter your commitment to safety.
In the face of adversity, you demonstrate resilience by continuously learning and evolving. You analyse potential risks and implement improvements to mitigate them effectively. By embracing a resilient mindset, aviation safety becomes a continuous journey of growth and improvement, ensuring the highest level of safety for all those who take to the skies.
If you've seen the film, the boat scene is only made possible thanks to the relationship that Bill has built up with the fisherman "Alexio". When things get tough, you will need to rely on the relationships you have built within your teams and with other organisations you work with.
Another key part of resilience is being aware that you will ask a lot of your people this summer. So you have to do everything you can to manage the psycho-social risks that you face as an organisation to help them perform to their best.
Being Responsive - Taylor Swift's musical evolution
Finally, we define "Being Responsive" as having the mindset to promote safety reporting and encourage collaborative safety conversations. You react positively and quickly to challenges or changing situations and communicate effectively.
Being responsive is a bit like the way Taylor Swift has evolved her career and her music throughout her career. Her ability to adapt to changing trends, experiment with new styles, and connect with her audience reflects the essence of responsiveness. Regardless of what you think of her or her music, the fact that she has evolved with her fans as they have grown and developed in their lives shows her ability to be responsive to the world around her.
The same is true in aviation. First you need to understand how things are changing over the summer compared to what you had planned. This takes a positive approach to both formal safety reporting but also to be continually talking to your people about their safety challenges. Then you have to collect all the information you can to chart whatever new path you need to continue to be safe and successful this summer.
Yes, and one more thing - People (Again) - Learning from Ted Lasso
It cannot be repeated enough. People are at the heart of the success of the whole industry this summer. While readiness, resilience, and responsiveness form the pillars of success this summer, it is your people who will turn these concepts into reality. This is where a few lessons from the TV Show Ted Lasso can help.
If you are not aware of it, it's work a watch and it has some very specific lessons about management topics that have equal relevance in aviation or any other industry. Success can be achieve by prioritising teamwork, communicating effectively and creating a supportive environment for everyone.
Just as Ted Lasso fosters a positive atmosphere, a successful summer requires a culture that encourages open dialogue, collaboration, and continuous learning. By investing in people, providing the training and support staff need to be successful, then nurturing a strong safety culture, any aviation organisation can have more empowered teams who will be able to make more informed decisions and take ownership of safety. When people feel part of something bigger than themselves and their individual role is valued, success is so much easier to achieve.
To conclude our perhaps rather tenuous analogies
In conclusion, aviation safety thrives on a compromise that integrates readiness, resilience, and responsiveness, all held up by the people who embrace these principles. Just as a James Bond theme song sets the tone, the boat scene in Mamma Mia 2 represents resilience, and Taylor Swift's musical evolution demonstrates responsiveness, aviation professionals embody these traits to ensure the highest level of safety in the skies.
With the support and inspiration of leaders perhaps throwing in a little Ted Lasso along the way, the symphony of aviation safety can continue to soar, protecting our passengers while connecting the world.