What can we learn from the BP fiasco in the Gulf of Mexico?
Plenty hopefully. This is mankind at their worst, most arrogant, most fallible and most inadequate.
The fact this has even happened illustrates we don’t learn well at all.
Where is risk management?
Who was asking What if?
Who wasn’t listening?
The fact this hasn’t been remedied illustrates several things:
Genius is no solution. BP must be paying and getting only the brightest employees at its upper levels. Clearly genius and the many, many bright sparks outside the company, are not providing the solution.
This is not a BP problem. This is an industry problem. If anyone whatsoever had a contingency for such an event (a truly workable one I mean) then wouldn’t we have seen it?
So it seems reasonable to conclude that not only has BP been caught out, but all the other oil companies have been just a touch lucky. Certainly that is no great comfort.
Without wanting to be Chicken Licken, what other industries have their own version of Deepwater Horizon awaiting them?
It would be highly unlikely to translate to something of the same magnitude, but as leaders we need to be looking one more time and seeing what time bombs we have left ticking – be they one life or an ecosystem.
Have we listened hard enough to what could happen?
Do we really know how to address the worst possible scenario?
If we can’t think of viable solutions should we continue to operate?
What is ethical?
Where is the line?
Make my day. Go and check one more time. Ask the hard questions. The alternative is not acceptable.
Do I think BP should go?
My emotion says yes. My realist says no, but this has to be a lesson learnt well
…and we need to learn with them.