Corrective Actions Japanese Style – Fire the Admiral
The investigation into the cause of the crash of a 30+ foot fishing trawler with a Japanese destroyer is still underway, but the first corrective action – firing the Chief of Japan’s Navy, Admiral Eiji Yoshikawa (photo below) – has already been completed
Blame is an interesting concept. But is it effective in improving performance?
In the US, the first fired are usually the last people to touch whatever it was that caused the problem. In this case, those “held responsible” would usually be the Commanding Officer of the ship, the Officer of the Deck, and perhaps a lookout.
In Japan, discipline seems to start at the top (or near it) and work it’s way down.
Will either form of discipline improve performance?
Not if the root causes of the accidents aren’t uncovered and corrected by a thorough accident investigation.