Who is packing your parachute?
Teamwork is an integral part of running a successful business; in road transport the drivers are vital members of the team, writes Lynette Gray
“STARTING A BUSINESS is a lot like jumping out of an aeroplane and assembling the parachute on the way down.” – Unknown
I heard a story the other day that demonstrates there are many people working in a successful team and we sometimes don’t recognise the importance of what each member contributes.
Charles Plumb was a US Naval Academy graduate and jet fighter pilot in Vietnam. He had completed 75 combat missions when he was shot down. Plumb ejected from the plane and parachuted into enemy hands. He spent the next six years in a Vietnamese prison. Fortunately, he survived and today lectures on the many lessons he learned.
One day, he was eating at a restaurant with his wife when a man came up and said, “You’re Plumb? You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!”
“How in the world did you know that?” Plumb asked.
“I packed your parachute,” the man replied. Charles Plumb in surprise and gratitude had to catch his breath.
The man then shook his hand and said, “I guess it worked!” Plumb assured him it had, and said, “If your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.”
Plumb thought a lot about that man who had packed his parachute and the hours he spent at a wooden table at the bottom of the ship carefully packing his and others chutes. He held in his hands the chute; the fate of someone he did not even know. ─ An excerpt from The Power of Kindness by Mac Anderson.
In our life, many people have a hand in our parachutes. Are we taking the time to acknowledge them, thank them and reward them?
My best definition of a team in the workplace is: “When a group of people work together cohesively, towards a common goal, creating a positive working atmosphere, and supporting each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance.”
Just recently, a seven-year- old boy from Suzhou, Jiangsu in China tried to use an umbrella to catch his fall as he plummeted 10 storeys from an apartment building after seeing something similar on a cartoon. His fall was broken by power lines and as he sprawled hurt on the ground, people ran to assist him. The boy’s injuries were serious, but fortunately not life-threatening.
Or we can talk about Darren Morgan, four-time Australian Top Fuel Champion.
He has one of Australia’s most successful motorsport teams on the track.
The DMR crew, who are all volunteers, continue to outperform other teams that have more experience, additional manpower and bigger budgets. Instead, DMR relies on its fundamental values of teamwork, commitment, passion and process, combined with a “win at all costs” attitude that has been instrumental in its record-setting performance.
In the words of Darren Morgan: “The difference between winning and second place is minuscule.”
The DMR Top Fuel Dragster has an acceleration of zero to 100mph in 0.8 seconds, zero to 275mph in 3 seconds, and zero to 320mph in 4.6 seconds. It has horsepower of 7000, up to a maximum 8300rpm and runs on 95 per cent nitromethane.
Who do you think packs Darren Morgan’s parachute? How much trust does he have to have in his team to ensure the safety of driving a Top Fuel car? Who on your team works on your parachute? Or will you try to use an umbrella?
We would love to hear what you think. You can find us on Facebook at Load Solutions.
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HEALTH AND SAFETY
In the past, I have used the company Employsure as my parachute. They gave me peace of mind with tailored solutions for Fair Work compliance and a complete set of uniquely tailored workspace documents.
Have you got your parachute packed and ready to use for Workplace Health and Safety?
Employsure can help here as well. With the identification of areas of noncompliance, they can structure a plan to implement best-practice solutions. They can review your workplace processes and documents to identify specific gaps and solutions in your transport business.
Do you have a health and safety manual and handbook specifically tailored to your business? Do you have a system to stay abreast of legislation and industry updates?
What are the other parachutes in your business? Do you have a great accountant? Who in your team actually does the income-producing work? How would you reward them or treat them specially? Do you make them feel like they are appreciated?
Make them feel like the parachutes they provide are important? Because they are.
No drivers equals no deliveries and no business.
When many people work on your team, you sometimes don’t recognise the importance of what each does.
If you want to know more, I can offer you a 30-minute free discovery session where we can talk about who is packing your parachute in your life and business. Or we can go deeper into your business, your fears, your story or your battles.
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I hope you learned something new from this short read.
“No drivers equals no deliveries and no business.”
Darren Morgan’s Top Fuel Car in action in January