I thought a bunch last night before I went to sleep and this morning when I woke up. The group has every right to voice their concerns, make suggestions, and be involved in the decision making process. Those things are critical to High Reliability Organizations (HROs). The group has more brain power together than any one person. Different perspective, different experiences, different styles of problem solving, different priorities, etc. Combine that all together and you get a lot of thought processing figuring out the right solutions to problems. Strangely enough it is also paramount to Team Situational Awareness. And, I’ve been pretty much ignoring it. My bad! But that changes right now.
So for now here are a couple of our suggestions to help improve the situation:
1 – We will change from traveling during the night to traveling during the day. We will start early in the morning, travel till the sun gets too hot, shade up till it cools off, and then decide if we start walking again in the cooler part of the day. That way we can get at least 4 – 5 hours of walking in early in the day before it gets too hot. That should be 4 – 8 miles in the morning, maybe more if we can walk in the evening. And since we will be walking early in the morning before the sun gets too high it should be less taxing. Resting during the hot part day should be a welcome relief. Walking late in the day could potentially give us another 4 miles or so. It would be really nice if we could get 12 miles a day under our belt.
2 – Ken’s team suggested that I ask Jim if his IntFor can take SecFor duty once every 3 days for the first shift of the night. That would give Ops folks a little break and allow 1 team to get a whole night’s sleep every 9 days. That would help us as well.
That was it…no other ideas or stuff to ask for. I think the Ops folks are trying to be stoic…quiet heroes. I love ‘em!!! These guys are really special. It is amazing what it feels like when our group is together. I can honestly say I love them. And that is weird for me…very weird indeed.
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