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Training pays off in Boston on Monday April 17, 2013

Posted by Edwin Ritter in Behavior.
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I need to stress the positives in this post about the bombing in Boston on Monday. Let me be clear  – it was awful. But I want to focus on and highlight the good here. The first responders reacted immediately. No hesitation. Civic leaders quickly communicated to the public and worked with local, state and federal officials. Their impressive response was the result of proper training conducted via simulations. The pay off from those drills was clearly demonstrated as we watched, posted and reacted with our comments.

I see it as a positive that there are overwhelmingly more good people among us than there are evil ones. That was evident  right from the beginning. From those acts of bravery and kindness, we should be confident and committed to belonging to a society willing to assist others. We immediately put aside our differences and acted as one community that went beyond the borders of towns and states to show support.

Previously, I wrote a blog post about disasters after the tsunami in Japan. That piece talked about how you would respond if you were there. Today, I saw this piece from the Harvard Business Review on how leaders emerge from these crisis events. It prompted me to post this article. I want to relay my gratitude to all who responded. To those who spontaneously helped out others who happened to be near them and provided comfort, food and shelter. There are good people among us and they will help us get back to normal after this.

The Boston marathon will be held again. Good. The runners will train for that day and the city of Boston will prepare for the 2014 race. They will be well organized as they usual and they will update their plans based on learnings from what happened Monday. They will also revise their training to be ready for anything and everything that comes their way.

In the grand scheme, my ramblings here will not change anything. I am grateful to the kind and helping people assisting others in a dire situation. Going forward, let’s not jump to conclusions to quickly. This event should remind us not to rush to make brash or grandiose statements but instead to observe, collect some facts based in reality and trust those in authority to respond correctly.

To respond as they are trained to do.



1. zsoka - April 18, 2013

We need to see the good to help keep the faith in mankind!

Edwin Ritter - April 19, 2013

I agree and hope that is one of the things that carries forward – build on the good and make changes as needed.

2. Mike Brockmann - April 19, 2013

I agree with everything you’ve stated. But how do we stop this from happening again? That needs to be our countries focus. USA is all about immigrants, that’s how the majority of us got here! Which ones are right to accept and want to add value to the country and which ones want to harm? The filtering system is what’s broken in my opinion; how do we fix it?

Edwin Ritter - April 19, 2013

Thanks for visting and providing your feedback. My parents and my in-laws are immigrants so I know very well that our country is built from people born somewhere else. They had sponsors before they came over. So, maybe there is something there that we can build on. OTW, I don’t know how we fix this…there are no simple answers. The fact that many want to come here is a positive sign that we live in a great country.

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Edwin Ritter - April 27, 2013

Thanks for letting me know about the browser issue – I will look int it.

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