Ten years ago, as the Administrator of Training and Development at the Delaware River Port Authority, I gave the opening keynote at the annual conference of the Eastern States Transportation Network.
The Network is comprised of people responsible for the operation, maintenance, and security, of highways, bridges, trains, and tunnels from Maine to Florida. The impact of 9/11 (See: September 11 attacks) was still fresh in everyone’s mind, and there were many police and security folks in the audience.
At the conference, I spoke about the lessons learned from the experience of the first responders, and the people inside the buildings that day.
*How F.A.R. will your change leadership take you? Are you...Flexible? Adaptable? Resilient?
The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) is a bi-state agency instrumentality created by a Congressionally approved interstate compact between the governments of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Authority principally is charged to maintain and develop the Philadelphia-Camden port district, which links the two states with four bridges, a ferry, and a mass transit rail line across the Delaware River.
I noted how information, when it became available, was often incomplete, inaccurate, or misleading, because of the limited perspectives of people in the moment.
In complex situations, life or death literally depends on how people make sense of their rapidly evolving experience in the moment.
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“Learning is optional. Survival is optional.”
Collective sense-making and exploration of promising options is the best we can do as we act into the complexities of the unknown future.
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Watch Story, Innovation and Meaningful Change contributed to the I-Open library by Bruce Waltuck.
In this video, Bruce shares how he became interested in supporting groups of people making better decisions together.
His story articulates concepts and lessons leaders can apply to improve their own work in education, economic and workforce development.
Author, Bruce Waltuck, M.A., Complexity, Chaos, and Creativity
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