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Doctor's Desk

 19th Annual
Greater St. Louis Safety and Health

Jim "Tango" Gray

When to Stop the Job - Lessons from Mt. Everest

Do you know when to stop the job? The 1996 deaths of eight climbers on Mt. Everest is used to examine the role of contingency planning and standards within the context of unexpected events. Attendees will evaluate decision making, contributing human and environmental factors, organizational culture, and how these influenced the tragedy on Mt. Everest.

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Jim "Tango" Gray has 28 years of experience across the Leadership Continuum: learning to lead, leading, leading leaders, and changing cultures. This began with 21 years as a Royal Marines Commando where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Tango deployed worldwide, through multiple combat operations, and ended his military career as the UK Liaison Officer to the US Department of State. Upon retiring he initially managed a Somali counter-piracy program for a US-based NGO. Tango has been with Check-6 since 2013 and is currently the Director of Innovation and Integration. He lives in Colorado with his Virginian wife and three children. The lack of cricket and warm beer is just about compensated for by the abundant skiing and fly fishing. He is still learning to lead.

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