Mantén la calma y salva vidas

“Mantener la calma durante una emergencia podría salvar vidas.

Antes de discutir lo que puedes hacer para mantener la calma y enfocarte durante una emergencia, les diré el motivo por el cual es importante mantenerse enfocado y tranquilo.
Cuando el organismo está bajo estrés, se activa el “modo supervivencia”, mejor conocido como “síndrome de pelear o volar”. Bajo estas condiciones, el cuerpo se prepara a sí mismo sobre-produciendo la hormona del estrés: cortisol. Después, el cortisol se dirige al cerebro ocasionando un retraso en el proceso de la corteza prefrontal, que es donde se genera el pensamiento crítico y es donde se localizan las funciones primordiales.

Por lo tanto, el capitán de “tu barco” ya no tiene control, y la amigdala de donde viene el síndrome de “pelear o volar” y donde se originan tus emociones, se hace más grande y toma control. Finalmente el hipocampo, que es donde se localiza la memoria y la habilidad de aprendizaje, se estrecha temporalmente.

Cuando te enfrentas a una emergencia, estás creado biológicamente para ser reactivo, en lugar de ser pensante o analizar tus pensamientos. Como resultado, el pánico te obliga a comportarte de manera emocional en lugar de racional, mientras reaccionas emocionalmente al peligro frente a ti.

Dado que ya no vives en una sociedad primitiva donde un comportamiento impulsivo y reactivo puede salvar tu vida, debes ajustar tu comportamiento de manera deliberada para adaptarse al riesgo y/o emergencia a la que te estás enfrentando. Y tendrás una gran desventaja cuando enfrentas una emergencia de manera emocional, en lugar de una manera lógica.

Por lo tanto, para mantener la calma frente al peligro, es importante no reaccionar y de forma consciente encontrar maneras para mantener la calma.
El autor Kevin Daum indica que los pilotos de carreras tienen un dicho: “Despacio en la cabina significa rápido en la pista”. Recuerda las tareas importantes de sobrevivencia, como llamar al número de emergencias, dejar de sangrar, o dar Resucitación Cardiopulmonar, requieren que mantengas la calma.
Los niños toman indicios de sus padres: si mantienes la calma, suavizas el pánico en general.”

Esta es una traducción de un fragmento de un artículo en Inglés.
Si te interesa leer el artículo completo, visita
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/staying-calm-during-an-em_b_7749812

 

 

 

Lesson 3: No man’s land.

Feb 13-2014

There is a perfectly good explanation for the title of this lesson. And I will attempt to write it now.

When the project of this new on-line school was starting out, they were working in an old building that was adapted with stationary desks and other equipment that you can find in any office. One space that was not common in a conventional school was a recording set. They were these small rooms (about 2 meters wide by 3 meters deep) equipped with a computer, a camera and three monitors.

This is where we would record the virtual lessons. They had even designed a software that linked the slide show to the camera and to another slideshow that displayed the text that the teacher would read during the recording. All of the lessons were designed by a teacher, and every teacher was responsible for writing their own ‘script’. So we would just read this script while recording, but everything we said came from our own minds, not from a trained writer.

Anyway, this software was complicated and it took a lot of practice to learn. And every candidate that wanted to work in this new school, had to record a demo lesson, so that they could be evaluated. The evaluation consisted in checking the content, the visual aid that the teacher had used, the class objective and the overall performance in front of the camera. Pronunciation and body posture was also checked. In short, there was a lot of pressure when recording the demo lesson because it was something completely new. And any evaluation -on its own-always brings a certain amount of stress.

Oh, and, you also had to record it by yourself. You, alone, inside the set. Nobody else, just you.

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Don’t know where to go? Here is some water and a map. Bye!

So you go to this interview, you are expected to do something that no one else has done and you are expected to do it alone. Does this make sense? Of course not.
Larry and Matthew both knew how to do it. Kind of. And there were two other teachers that were leading the project: Sam and Frank.
Sam was much older, around 40 something years old. And Frank was about 28, which was a few years younger than me. Sam had studied philosophy and Frank was a computer whiz that studied computer science in college.
The four of them knew how to record a demo lesson (or so we believed at the time). And they sort of explained the process to candidates, but not enough to let them record by themselves. To this day I still don’t understand why they didn’t just assit while recording this demo class. It was just about a 5 minute recording. And they didn’t have THAT many candidates.
But anyway.

Every person that recorded that demo lesson, went through the same frustration with the new software. And everybody recorded it the best way that they could and to their best understanding.

So here is the lesson to be learned: When looking for people to help you out on a project or in a business, don’t leave them to their own faith. Even if they are close to you, like friends or acquaintances. You need to assist them, make sure they know what they have to do. Explain what is expected of them and be available for any questions that they might (and probably will) have.

Something important that I always try to practice in interviews is kindness. Be nice and be helpful. Make them feel comfortable. Take the stress out of the table, tell a joke. How would you like your interviewer to behave with you if you were looking for a job? Keep that in mind while searching for people to work with you.
Not having a job is stressful enough, so try to relieve some of that while you talk to candidates.
Also, give them feedback in case they don’t get the job. Send an e-mail or call them to give thanks for their time and let them know that you can’t hire them right now, but there may be a position available in the future. Or, simply tell them that their abilities are very impressive, but sadly they are not the person that you need at that time.
I can tell you that the gesture will be well appreciated.

And besides, this world has its ups and downs, so you can’t be sure if, in the future, YOU might be the one looking for a job and THEY might be the ones looking for employees.

Next: Lesson 4- Make me

75 memorables

“Hoy en una tienda de autoservicio me encontré a una persona que le faltaban
7 dólares para comprar una docena de rosas. Estaba pagando con efectivo e
intentó usar su tarjeta bancaria. El cajero le gritó “¡Su tarjeta fué rechazada!”
Las personas de las otras filas lo miraban con atención. El señor se enrojeció y empezaba
a sollozar.

Yo solo tenía suficiente dinero para pagar por mis cosas pero le pedí que me esperara un momento.
Fui a ver lo que tenía en el auto. Encontré un billete de 10, volví a la tienda y le dije: “Tenga, señor.”
Debió decirme “gracias” unas cien veces y me dio un abrazo.
Dijo que era su aniversario número 75.
Mientras salimos de la tienda le dije bromeando “¡Usted debe tener como 100 años!”
Me dijo- “Casi, tengo 95”.
Me dijo “hijo, trata de morir al mismo tiempo que el amor de tu vida porque el peor
sentimiento es sentirte solo.”
Comentó que su esposa había fallecido hace 23 años de cáncer. Lo acompañé hasta
su auto. Me volvió a dar las gracias y mientras me dirigía a mi auto, no pude evitar el llanto.
¡Qué mal lo había tratado aquel cajero! Me dio gusto estar ahi para ayudarlo.”