Situational Awareness

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“The problem is, most managers aren't aware of the theories they're using, and they often use the wrong theories for the situation.“

Situational awareness is about knowing what is going on around you, and what potential threats and opportunities there might be. It is a critical foundation for successful decision-making. Situational awareness means sensing changes in the business environment as well as in organizational capabilities.

Situational awareness can be considered as a three-step process: perceiving the relevant information, properly comprehend the relevant information, and predicting the future state based on the available information.

Safety Advice Don’t do this on your own! As human beings we are always bound by our knowledge, life experiences, biases and thought distortions. Therefore, awareness is very subjective. To overcome this, we need to collaborate: invite others for sharing and discussing their perspectives and together make sense of what we see. Instead of feeling disturbed by the viewpoints and opinions of others, we need to see them as invitations to a better understanding of our situation.
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