I drove this tank. I could’ve died. Read on before judging me.
What have I learned from those 17 seconds?
- Context matters
When you saw the video, you thought: “What a bad driver”.
In fact, this tank had a broken sprocket, preventing the tank from driving straight. We knew it, I was chosen to attempt to board the Tank transporter, because I was a decent driver.
- Assume competence and good faith
Now that you know the context, it is easy to assume competence. You should do it before you know the context.
- Calculated risks sometimes aren’t so calculated
When you need to risk it, ask someone uninvolved how risky it is, you are biased.
- When you are off-track: STOP
When things go haywire, stop and evaluate what is the best way to get back on track.
- Speak about your failures, so you and others can learn from them
This post is a good example!
[Originally posted on Linkedin]