Archive for February, 2015

Don’t Try This at Home

February 23rd, 2015 Comments off


After warming up my car a bit before pulling out from the office the other day, I was still feeling the cold from the -20°C (-4°F) weather, and that was without the wind chill (-30°C/-22°F). Four blocks away, I came to a red light and saw a man wrapped up from head to toe, with only his eyes uncovered passing in front of me on the crosswalk. There are several manufacturing facilities in the corporate park around our business, but there is not a very frequent public transit schedule, so there are a few people I often see making the 25 minute walk to the main bus depot on the other side of the highway. To cross over the highway though, pedestrians have a narrow pathway, but with heavy snowfall the plows cover it up.

If it’s raining or really cold, I’ll pull over and offer a ride to anyone I see making the walk. Disclaimer: don’t try this at home! It’s okay for me, because I have ninja skills. Okay I don’t, and I’m going to get in trouble after my wife reads this because I’ve been told not to do it in the past, as it can be dangerous. My excuse is that the area is full of hard workers leaving their jobs, so they are easy to pick out vs. a random traveller.

I put my window down and called out to the bundled up man, confirmed he was headed to the bus depot and offered him a ride there. He accepted and was very thankful. We exchanged names and talked about the weather and what plans we had for the weekend, (e.g. having a laugh over not forgetting that it was Valentine’s Day). Lawrence was jolly and had a great energy about him. As we pulled into the transit depot drop-off, Lawrence surprised me by asking if I worked at AFIMAC. There are over twenty businesses in the area, so it caught me off guard. I said I did and asked where he worked. He replied that he is a guard with AFIMAC and was at the head office for training. Our training room holds approximately thirty people and I hadn’t been past it all day, unaware guards were in.

We reintroduced ourselves and I thanked Lawrence for working with AFIMAC and he thanked me again for the ride. I spent less than ten minutes with Lawrence, but could tell he was a great guy. I’m glad I met him.

AFIMAC guards are a dedicated bunch, working in remote areas and difficult situations, so Lawrence’s dedication was a good reminder of this. Kudos to my colleagues like Michael Husnik and David Runzer for hiring extremely polite and courteous guards, and keeping up their ongoing training.

You’ve Got a Green Light, But I’d Still Look Both Ways

February 12th, 2015 Comments off

You’re waiting at a red light and it turns green. You can drive straight through, right? If everyone followed protocol, then absolutely, but unfortunately not everyone acts rationally. For the motorcyclist in the linked video below, he found out the hard way that one can’t assume. Didn’t all of our parents tell us what happens when you assume?

It definitely was not the motorcyclist’s fault, and luckily he only received minor injuries, but could it have been prevented? The first comment on the video states just that, and hundreds of people agreed by ‘liking’ it, but there are also hundreds of replies debating the issue.


Let’s look at this in comparison to building a contingency plan for a large-scale event your company is hosting.

• Marketing/event planning perspective
-the speaker you had scheduled cancels on the morning of the event – you of course would have one or two back-up speakers available on site

• Security perspective
– activists try to crash the event – you of course are aware of any groups or organizations that would attempt this, and have conducted social media monitoring in advance of the event, and planned security for crowd control

• Speaker’s perspective
– a heckler or long-winded audience member is interrupting your presentation – you would have canned responses to move the presentation along

There is no legal obligation to look both ways before you advance on a green, but should you?

Plan for the unexpected.

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