Wednesday, August 15, 2012

What Did YOU Learn From Aurora Shootings?

"The media seems to move on from mass killings more quickly nowadays than they used to," according to Edward Wasserman, Knight professor of journalism at Washington and Lee University.

Writing for the McClatchy Newspapers, Wasserman added, ". . . within three days of the Aurora, CO cinema massacre the killer's first appearance in court didn't (even) make the front page of the New York Times."

He concluded "once (the) slaying (of) 12 innocents would have touched off a national wave of introspection and debate." 

He went on to touch on media/film induced violence, among other important points.

But, I fear the owners, executives and managers of companies and organizations are just as jaded as the public. And instead of working harder to prevent workplace and school place violence, and be prepared to manage such horrific crises when they cannot be avoided, those same leaders are finding it easier to block those awful stories from their minds.

I can hear them repeating, over and over to themselves, "That will never happen here."

Dr. Marc McElhaney of Critical Response Associates in Atlanta says workplace violence is not an event.  It is a process.  I agree and I have seen it played out in workplaces and schools across the country and around the world.

We had a call this week from a trade organization looking for information about workplace violence.

We will probably not get another call about workplace violence until after the shooting stops someplace and we get a desperate call for help.

I will never forget answering the phone, "Institute for Crisis Management, this is Larry Smith" and the person on the other end of the phone line did not say hello or identify herself, she just screamed into the phone, "Are you watching CNN?  That's us!"

We began working with that company two hours later and on a plane to their headquarters later that evening.

Please, don't think for a minute that someone will never attack your office, plant, school, hospital or store.  Be on the lookout for changes in behavior and attitude.  Have a plan to deal with that and a plan to manage an attack and its aftermath.

Call us if you have questions:  1-502-587-0328.

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