Short Notice Assessments - How to Survive the Jump from Healthcare's Burning Platform
In his 1993 book, Managing at the Speed of Change, Daryl Connor wrote about the 1988 North Sea Piper Alpha oil rig fire – a fatal explosion of an oil drilling platform in which one survivor had to choose to jump into a sea of burning oil rather than burn on the platform. He coined the term “burning platform” as a metaphor to explain the necessity of change despite the fear of the unknown consequences.
This metaphor is still used widely today in change management to describe a situation in which significant change is necessary because continuing to operate as usual is no longer an option. For healthcare, this metaphor aligns nicely to describe the introduction of short-notice assessments; the implementation of which constitutes a very different focus to standard practice that can’t be resolved by doing “more of the same”.
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