Quiz – The Decision Maker
You are an important decision maker. At quarter past midnight, you receive a phone call, informing you about a major pipeline spill due to an unidentified technical problem. You are at the risk of a global energy catastrophe. Describe your immediate and long-term approaches to the problem and possible solutions in 250 words.
By Abuka Christiana Chiamaka
If I were in such a situation, I would, first of all, say a word of prayer and keep my cool. As a decision maker, you should always learn to stabilize your emotions and not take decisions out of panic or fear of the unknown.
Considering the time of occurrence, it is possible that many people are not yet aware of the mishap but since it is a major pipeline spill due to an unidentified technical problem and also having at the backs of our minds what is at risk, action should be taken immediately so that the situation does not become worse than it already is.
The best immediate approach (I think) should be to contact as many people as possible who are intellectually inclined with the appropriate technical abilities as regards the field in question and get them as well as yourself to the scene. The technical problem can then be identified and the problem solved upon discovery. Before the break of dawn, the problem should have been extensively solved (if not totally), depending on the depth of the problem. This action will put to rest the minds of the public. It is also important to ensure that everyone involved in solving the problem understands the risk involved. This helps to build oneness of mind and also encourages speed.
For a long term approach, it would be wise to always ensure a regular and periodic check on all pipelines, major or minor, so as to avoid a re-occurrence.