Team Competencies

Capacity Planning For Rescue Rigging: “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”

“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry” or better said “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men” is a poem about “life, death, planning and strategy”… not always going as planned. According to legend, Robert Burns was ploughing in the fields and accidentally destroyed a mouse’s nest, which it needed to survive the winter. No matter how carefully a project is planned, something may still go wrong with it.  The saying …

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Want to be a Creative Rigger?: The 8 Stages to Live in Creativity

Creativity is not a mystery.  We are meant and created to be… creative.  But just like every tool in the shop, or every piece of gear in the cache, we all have varying degrees of talents and skills.  Creativity is not a rare insight, that only rare and odd people have.  No!  Creativity is a …

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The Creative Mystique: Heroes Are Made When The Function Of Rescue Meets The Higher Expectations Of Designed Rigging

I have heard it said that “a lesson in creativity is like taking a calligraphy class; you never know when something you learn might end up being useful in a place you’d never expect” and for longest time, I didn’t understand what they meant.  Until I looked into calligraphy.  I mean really… who in the …

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Team Leadership: Guiding Principles to Overcome Adversity

Recently, Rigging Lab Academy concluded a 5 day custom rope rescue course for a small, all volunteer team on the island of St.John in the US Virgin Islands. The course was set to focus on utilization of a large cache of recently purchased, modern rope rescue equipment such as an artificial high directional, MPD and …

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Winch Power, Artificial High Directionals and Human Curiosity

We have been saying for years… “it doesn’t take 6 people to do a rescue”.  Really!  Two strong, smart and logical riggers (certainly no more than three) can do a raise and lower from just about any place. I think over the years, a near sided perspective and a lack of vision has kept thousands …

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Rig-For-Rescue / Suspension Trauma

The Following Article is provided to you by Richard Delaney of RopeTest Lab and who is an Outstanding Course Instructor for Rigging Lab Academy. Rig-For-Rescue  Richard Delaney  April 1, 2018  Free Articles, Free content  1 Comment Suspension Trauma There has been some new research looking at the onset of suspension trauma.  This was presented at the International Commission for …

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Culture vs New Opportunity… Locks and Keys Must Always Match

Alright!  Here we are again to talk about something “sort of out there?…  You love this right?  Culture vs New Opportunity.  We’ve been discussing “creating a mass movement”.  Everything we talk about here is solid for team building, systems, operations and politics.  So lets break this down a bit. First what is a New Opportunity …

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Think Smart and Powerful… Employ Multi Use Devices

Thinking smart is power.  Power is the ability to get things done with an element of Authority.  Authority carries with it a mantle of Responsibility.  Responsibility carries with it the need for planning and expected outcomes. The following is quick mini look at developing a mindset of “multiplicity”.  Manpower is expensive.  Equipment is relatively cheap …

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Building Blocks of Technical Rescue- 4 Step Process

Each block of the graph represents those things that are instrumental in performing a successful technical rescue. These blocks include personnel, equipment, training, and leadership. Each level is supported by the larger and more substantial level immediately below. The Rescue Level is supported by training level blocks that are more extensive and demanding higher skills. …

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