SENSEMAKING FOR

leading in a crisis

Benefit from an Approach that saved Apollo 13.

Apollo 13 Control Room

THE APPROACH

Rapidly convert unexpected challenge to simple, workable actions.

The Apollo 13 connection..

Lessons from NASA help organisations navigate their own issues.

Under intense pressure and faced with a problem they hadn’t planned for, NASA focused on reducing their challenge to simple actions and made them happen. Sensemaking is the science that best explains these actions and those of other extreme events. Its principles are embedded in Footdown software to help leaders today.

  • Highly applicable in the current climate.
  • Sensemaking in software benefits all types of business.
  • Lets leaders act on the here and now rather than on hindsight.

Introduce workable certainty

Understand the state of your organisation and where to focus.

Leaders need to see the wood for the trees in a crisis. They are likely to be dealing with high stress, something new, little time and no clear existing route to follow. Relying on hindsight when the current reality is different is risky. 

  • Leaders need general and simple analytics, not detail.
  • They need to see their current reality to act and adjust.
  • They need to let go of previously-held 'truths' and move on.

Sensemaking in software

Harness your workforce’s instinct as to what is really going on.

Footdown embeds Sensemaking in software. It gives leaders the critical snapshot of their business they can rely on to help guide where to focus resources and action. This might include leadership issues, the need for structure, current climate, team attributes or performance of specific business units.

  • Uses rapid-fire employee input from those on the ground.
  • Converts to a simple overview that reveals internal trade offs.
  • Gives the leader manageable data and time back to act.

Sensemaking-
Big Picture not Big Data.

Read our blog about how the Apollo 13 experience applies to business

PROVIDING analytical rigour

"Footdown has a very clever way of providing accurate analysis to guide the organisational development efforts by customising their solution in line with the client’s size, context and expectations. It provides the analytical rigour to better address topics that are inherently subjective. This means that organisational development paths can be better integrated with clear business needs and objectives."
Michael Jennings, Chief Executive, Hydro International

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