Anyone can go to school to learn their profession. But being a leader is a learned skill that can be gained only in the field. Through an accumulation of experiences and a deep understanding of the knowledge gained about their organization and teammates, workplace leaders can make multiple decisions at a moment’s notice. These decisions come automatically, unconsciously, and fearlessly, often relying on the leader’s “gut instinct.” Over the course of their career, true leaders have mastered the art of pattern predicting, overcoming hardships, and finding the best solution under high-pressure situations.
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Weather emergencies and other natural disasters can strike any workplace, often with little warning. If you and your employees are not adequately prepared for these events, the potential for a catastrophe is heightened. On the other hand, when you’ve anticipated emergency needs and prepared your employees to deal effectively with the most difficult situations, the chances are excellent that you can prevent injuries and minimize property damage.
Because earthquakes can occur at any time of year and happen suddenly, without much if any time for advance preparation, having and practicing a plan is key to helping your workers stay safe. To raise awareness, OSHA has launched a new Earthquake Preparedness and Response page.
For more information, go to www.handsonlycpr.org.
Q: What is Hands-Only CPR?
A: “Hands-Only CPR” is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see an adult suddenly collapse in the “out-of-hospital” setting. It consists of two steps:
“There’s a lot of onboarding going on and not so much extensive assimilation coaching,” says Diane Egbers, president of Leadership Excelleration, Inc., (LEI Consulting) (www.leadershipexcelleration.com). She is also a coauthor of The Ascending Leader: Conquer the Seven Enemies of Success—A Strategic Guide for the Newly Promoted (Smart Business Network, 2013).