Posts tagged: Problem Prevention

Preventing a problem vs. solving a problem; BP’s oil spill costs skyrocket to $9.5B

See the Fox article here or read below.

That’s right, $9.5B, BILLION and a $20 billion victims fund.

Does anyone believe it was less expensive, more effective, and more beneficial to BP’s bottom line (not to mention the men who died and the environmental impact) to spend all this money after having this problem rather than working beforehand to prevent it?

When the impact of a problem is very high (like this one), even if the probability of it occurring is relatively low, we need to spend time considering what we will do to avoid the problem.  We also need good contingent actions ready to roll immediately if we should have the problem anyway.

Did BP consider what could go wrong?

Did the explosion and subsequent oil leak show up on their potential problem list?

Did they effectively weigh the risks and rewards?

Did they just hope for the best and focus on short term results and management bonuses?

We can only hope that BP, the oil industry, politicians, and everyone else involved learn from this disaster.

What are you doing to avoid disasters in your business, your career, and your life?

Give us a call, we can help.

John Schneyer, Boca Consultants

Fox news article:
BP’s oil spill costs skyrocket to $9.5B

Updated: Monday, 20 Sep 2010, 7:42 AM EDT
Published : Monday, 20 Sep 2010, 7:41 AM EDT

NewsCore – The cost of the cleanup of BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill hit $9.5 billion, the company said Monday.

As the oil giant announced the capping of the well was complete , the final cost of the spill response became clear.

“The cost of the response to Sept. 17 amounts to approximately $9.5 billion, including the cost of the spill response, containment, relief well drilling, static kill and cementing, grants to the Gulf states, claims paid and federal costs,” the statement said.

BP also reaffirmed its creation of a $20 billion fund to pay out victims of the oil spill.

More than four million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded April 20, killing 11 workers. Oil flowed freely into the sea until July 15, when temporary caps were put in place.

Final capping work was completed Friday, with confirmation of the kill’s success announced Sunday.

Texting-driving ban is close to being law

Click here for story:  Texting-driving ban is close to being law.

Florida is in the process of passing legislation.  Read the story.  What do you think?  I think it’s too little.

What will you do to protect your company?  Do you have policies, practices, and education in place to deal with this and other day to day risks?

Give us a call, we can help.

John Schneyer, Boca Consultants

The machine that ran too hot

Follow this link to the Economist article on Toyota

The woes of Toyota, the world’s biggest car maker, are a warning for rivals

How well do you source your work?  How well do you know both your suppliers and customers?

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John Schneyer, Boca Consultants

Google’s Buzz

Has everyone seen Google Buzz yet? If not, have you seen some example of the privacy complaints raised since Google began rolling Buzz out?

There is an old saying, “It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission. Grace Hopper” Perhaps Google thought there would be little reaction. Perhaps Google knew there would be a reaction, thought it would help create “buzz” around Buzz and they could handle it.

Whatever the case, had Google been concerned about the reaction, a simple Potential Problem Analysis would have helped them anticipate and avoid this problem.

When you are doing something important, a product or service roll out, a key new hire, a new plant opening, a key project, take the time to run a formal Potential Problem Analysis to make sure things go well.

Give us a call, we can help.
John Schneyer, Boca Consultants

Texting while driving could cost you $30

Link to article on Florida proposing a $30 find for texting while driving.

Thirty Dollars!?!?! Are you kidding me? Texting while driving could cost you your life, your savings, your business, or more. I don’t think $30 will deter many people from texting while driving. I don’t think this will be effective. If the legislature is serious about this issue, they need to send a clear, strong message.

For you business owners, you need to protect your businesses from the consequences of your employees and contractors driving while distracted – texting and more.

Give us a call, we can help.
John Schneyer, Boca Consultants