He handled it the way it should have been handled….and he was extremely fortunate….for not all individuals that are ‘blamed’ have a black box recorder that can help absolve them of the ‘blame’….and in the end, with the NTSB making the final decision, US Air admitted that he was right, apologized and eventually lauded Captain Sullenberger for his ‘decisions’ under pressure.
I’ve spent much time on this BLOG deriding organizations, corporations….both, not for profit and for profit corporations for making decisions in the best interest of a ‘few’ rather than the best interest of the many….or, in the case of the many….I’m referring to the employees…
An airline pilot has a ‘job’ that needs to demonstrate far more responsibility than most of us….many of us go to work and sit at a desk and perform tasks, become involved in projects that will have an ultimate impact on the general populous but few of us have jobs that have the kind of impact that Captain Sullenberger had…nor would most of us want or accept that type of responsibility, no matter how much money is offered.
His decisions were made based on skill, knowledge, experience and a good deal of ‘gut’ or ‘plunk’…..was there any reason other than cost that US Air wanted to question Captain Sullenberger’s decision?
The date January 15, 2009, gave the world a hero who saved the lives of 155 passengers on a damaged flight by successfully landing it on the Hudson River….most even got their luggage back. Only one other plane in history has attempted to land on the Hudson and it crashed…it was a vintage WWII fighter plane flown by pilot, Bill Gordon. The pilot was killed and the crash was most likely due to mechanical failure!
As an employee, a corporation/employer needs to look at the bottom line…no matter what. It has to represent that the manner that business is conducted is in the best interest of the corporation/entity in all aspects….sometimes, the almighty stock holder or investor needs to be assured/reassured but in the long run, if the employees are content, respected and encouraged and the product is made for a willing marketplace, the end result will be positive for all concerned.
There are many individuals in the American and global workplace that demonstrate the type of courage that Captain Sullenberger demonstrated….not nearly on the magnificent scale but more on an ‘every day’ great job/decision type of manner….we need to recognize these employees and their contributions to the ‘greater good’….challenging them if warranted….while always remembering that the wheel moves with everyone’s assistance…small and large.
As employers, managers, supervisors, colleagues and co-workers, let’s all remember to praise when warranted and challenge or question when necessary, in as professional a method as possible.
If you would like to help form more Captain Sullenberger’s or attempt to learn the art of decision making, please contact Rosanne Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 484-947-7063.