Aircraft Maintenance Technology

JUN-JUL 2018

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www.AviationPros.com 37 In most corporate organizations, perceptions of importance and power of a given functional area are subject to the same mantra as the real estate business: Location, location, location. Geographic proximity to the center of power, usually the CEO’s office, matters greatly, both in terms of internal perceptions and in terms of tangible advantages such as greater opportunities for informal face-time at a shared water cooler. In general, the closer a team is located to the C-suite, the higher it ranks in the internal pecking order and status hierarchy. The further it is away from the C-suite, the less important it tends to be perceived. Locating safety and quality management functions on prime corporate real estate in proximity to the C-suite — at the very least in the same building and ideally on the same floor immediately adjacent to the CEO’s office — is one of the easiest and most visible ways of sending a very strong positive signal regarding an organization’s commitment to safety and quality. Exiling them to mushroom farming territory does the opposite. Priority Have you ever been part of an organization that has declared itself to be safety driven yet features a regular agenda for leadership team meetings that relegates safety and quality to the last agenda item? And that regularly pushes safety and quality issues to a subsequent meeting while overrunning time slots for other “more important” agenda items? In most professional contexts, those issues that command the greatest management priority, attention, and time are perceived to be of the highest importance. If discussion of a specific issue always takes center stage at meetings of the senior leadership team, such issue tends to be perceived as important throughout the entire organization. If an issue is either allowed to be crowded out by other matters or only addressed in a cursory pro forma manner, the organization as a whole is unlikely to take serious such issue. Putting safety and quality at the very top of the agenda of regular senior leadership team meetings — and of lower level team meetings as well for that matter — sends a strong positive message regarding the importance of safety and quality management. Relegation to last position on the agenda as an afterthought of sorts speaks volumes in its own right. avionics411.com • 816.524.7777 Aircraft Avionics & Cockpit Displays COMMERCIAL • MILITARY • CORPORATE Millennium International Avionics brings operators a new era of support for aircraft avionics and cockpit displays. From next gen upgrades to legacy system repair options, our goal is to provide solutions for commercial, military and corporate applications. With industry-leading turn times and a commitment to quality, call Millennium International for your next avionics repair or upgrade project. SALES • REPAIR • OVERHAUL • EXCHANGE • SUPPORT • UPGRADES TCAS/IDENT • NAV/COMM • LCD & CRT Displays AviationPros.com/company/10930997

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