What can we learn from great disasters of the past to prevent future ones?
Book Two in the Stuff Doesn't Just Happen: The Gift of Failure Series by NY Times Bestselling Author, West Point Graduate and former Green Beret, Bob Mayer.
Covering the cascade events leading up to each disaster, why they happened, and how we can prevent similar disasters in the future.
THE CHALLENGER: ORGANIZATIONAL FAILURE
“My God, Thiokol. When do you want me to launch? Next April?” Senior NASA official on a conference call to the manufacturer of the solid boosters, when they recommended on the morning of the launch that it be postponed.
THE SINKING OF THE KURSK
THE SULTANA EXPLOSION
Mulholland & The St. Francis Dam
THE LAST CZAR
“I am not prepared to be a tsar. I never wanted to become one. I know nothing of the business of ruling." Nicholas II, last Czar of Russia.
Challenger, Sultana, St. Francis Dam, Kursk, Pearl Harbor and more
Every catastrophe requires seven
things to go wrong.
Six Cascade events leading to the
7th event, the Catastrophe. At least
one of the Cascade events involves
human error. Thus most
catastrophes can be avoided.
Shit Doesn’t Just Happen
By studying past catastrophes we
can learn to avoid future ones.
Focusing on the Cascade Events
and how they can be stopped is
The Gift of Failure
Book II covers:
The Last Czar
The Sultana Explosion
St. Francis Dam Failure
The Sinking of the Kursk
Uruguayan Flight 571 Alive!
“If we arrive safe at Cairo it would
be the greatest trip ever made on
the western waters, as there were
more people on board than were
ever carried on one boat on the
Mississippi River!” William J,
Gambrel, first clerk & part owner of
the steamship Sultana.
During the Los Angeles Coroner's Inquest
William Mulholland, chief engineer, Water
Department Los Angeles said: “This inquest
is a very painful for me to have to attend
but it is the occasion of that is painful. The
only ones I envy about this whole thing are
the ones who are dead. Whether it is good
or bad, don't blame anyone else, you just
fasten it on me. If there was an error in
human judgment, I was the human, I won't
try to fasten it on anyone else."
The Sinking of the Kursk: Poor Training and
“It's dark here to write, but I'll try by
touch. It seems like there are no
chances, 10%-20%. Let's hope that at
least someone will read this. Hello to
everyone. There is no need to despair."
Captain Lieutenant Dmitri Kolesnikov,
commander 7th Compartment (turbine
room) Russian submarine Kursk.
“Should hostilities once break out between Japan and
the United States, it would not be enough that we take
Guam and the Philippines, nor even Hawaii and San
Francisco. To make victory certain, we would have to
march into Washington and dictate the terms of peace
in the White House. I wonder if our politicians (who
speak so lightly of a Japanese-American war) have
confidence as to the final outcome and are prepared to
make the necessary sacrifices.” Admiral Yamamoto,
Commander Japanese Navy. (Note that this quote was
used extensively for propaganda purposes by the
United States by leaving out the last sentence)
“It was repugnant. Through the eyes of
our civilized society it was a disgusting
decision. My dignity was on the floor
having to grab a piece of my dead friend
and eat it in order to survive. But then I
thought of my mother and wanted to
do my best to get back to see her. I
swallowed a piece and it was a huge
step - after which nothing happened.”
Dr. Robert Canessa
Seven Ways to Prevent Catastrophes
1. Have a Special Ops preparation mindset
2. Focus by utilizing both big picture & detail thinkers
3. Conduct Special Forces Area Studies
4. Use the Special Forces CARVER formula
5. Have a “10th man”
6. Conduct After Action Reviews
7. Write and USE Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Are you interested in a presentation about various catastrophes and
how the cascade events could have been prevented?
Events covered range from human-machine interface, to leadership,
to communication, cost-cutting, engineering, group think,
perseverance, systematic failure, and more?
Catastrophes are cascade events culminating in disastrous chaos.
War is chaos. Special Forces is the most elite unit trained for a variety
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Also, I conduct Area Study workshops for
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their specific circumstances.
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New York Times bestselling author, is a graduate of West Point
and former Green Beret. He’s had over 80 books published,
including the #1 bestselling series Green Berets, Time Patrol, Area
51, and Atlantis. He’s sold over 5 million books. He was born in the
Bronx and has traveled the world. He’s lived on an island off the
east coast, an island off the west coast, in the Rocky Mountains, the
Smoky Mountains and other places, including time in East Asia
studying martial arts.
He was an instructor and course developer/writer for years at the
JFK Special Warfare Center and School which trains Green Berets
and also runs the SERE school:
Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape.