Eric Peck: Swoop Aero is en-route to DR Congo – Drones Information
In 2009, Simon Sinek presented a TEDX lecture on “How great leaders inspire action”, in which he presented a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership – starting with a golden circle and the question: “Why?”
The gold circle referred to three points; What, how and why. By “why” Sinek meant “What is your purpose? What is your cause? What do you think? Why does your organization exist? Why do you get up in the morning? And why should anyone care?” He went on: “We think, act and communicate from the outside – from the inside. The inspired managers and the inspired organizations – regardless of their size, regardless of their industry – think, act and communicate from within. Communicate why they work, and then address the how and what of the organization’s mission. “
The question of why this is so is really important and has kept me preoccupied during this chaotic and dark time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like the rest of the world, my team at Swoop Aero had gotten into a period of uncertainty as we were working towards unknown deadlines and were fundamentally constrained by Australia’s travel restrictions. After a year of exciting, meaningful projects planned, we had to pause and think creatively about how we worked to stay true to our mission.
Asking why is why we worked hard during the pandemic. To ensure that our goal of universal access to healthcare is achieved and that 100 million people are reached with a sustainable drone logistics service by 2025. As the CEO and Co-Founder of Swoop Aero, I am responsible for asking the “why” question in my team and promoting the passion, creativity and innovation to make that goal a reality.
This hard work has finally paid off. We are traveling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today in the midst of a global pandemic to support the DRC government. Resuming operations with our nonprofit partner VillageReach to improve the availability and accessibility of basic immunization for communities on the “last mile”. I will be traveling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to help set up training and education activities in Equateur Province.
With the expansion of the service, autonomous drones will be integrated into the existing health care chain. The drone operations will enable the delivery of health products to hard-to-reach health facilities. Streamlining the public health supply chain and consequently improving vaccination rates, which have steadily declined in recent months due to the onset of COVID-19 and reallocation of resources to meet the government’s rapid response to pandemics.
The question of why our organization exists has never been so clear and the key to our success. Great leaders.
But what makes a true leader? I think three qualities make an inspiring and successful leader, and they come from some of the lessons from Bill Gates:
- Change the world or go home
- Have an influence
- Share and overcome the problem
Lead from the front
I’ve always tried to inspire and lead my team by leading from the front. get involved locally and work hard to make the vision of Swoop Aero a reality. When I leave for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this is the message I want to convey to the team.
I’ve always believed that a leader would come in there and roll up their sleeves because success isn’t just about coming up with a good idea. Leadership requires action and the passion to make an effort. Turn this good idea into a sustainable and effective business model. For this reason, it was very important to me to travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to be there with our teams and to work tirelessly to make our goal a reality. Since its inception, Swoop Aero has sought to change global health for the better and we have not let the pandemic undermine our mission in support of the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The aim is to strengthen the health supply chain by integrating sustainable logistics for medical drones. It’s been a long and drawn out road to get to this point, but it’s worth seeing firsthand the impact and value that our service, in my opinion, generates.
Have an influence
Swoop Aero identified a key challenge in the global healthcare sector. The cost, quality and delivery of health services traditionally depend on the effectiveness of the health supply chain in overcoming logistical barriers such as challenging geographic terrain, poor transport networks, weak infrastructure and unpredictable waterways. In DR Congo, it can take up to 2 days for basic vaccinations to reach local villages. Often times, vaccinations were transported by boat, bicycle, or on foot, which entailed enormous financial and human costs and the risk of expensive vaccines spoiling along the way. This applies not just to DR Congo, but also to Vanuatu, Malawi, Mozambique, regional Australia, regional New Zealand, and many of the countries I visited throughout the Southeast Asia and Pacific during my time in the Air Force.
En route to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, our activities mainly focus on community engagement, education, and engagement, as well as training new Congolese team members to lead the network. Community engagement is an important pillar of our organization in all contexts in which the service is operated. The service creates employment opportunities, helps develop transferable technological skills, and by qualifying our local workforce, we can benefit, both directly and indirectly, everyone who works alongside Swoop Aero.
At Swoop Aero we encourage inclusivity and strive to create a real sense of purpose so that everyone is part of the process of creating our impact. I have always believed that leadership should also be an elevation to convey a feeling that participants are more involved in the accomplishment of a goal or task. Everyone has an interest in global health, and we provide the tools to help global organizations gain universal access to health care.
Share and overcome the problem
Nobody could have foreseen the events of 2020.
The role of every leader, including mine, right now is to proactively respond to the challenges of their employees on a daily basis and develop innovative solutions to ensure that your team feels prepared, confident and ready to tackle whatever comes on comes to him. I say people specifically because the impact of leadership extends beyond your team. it affects their friends, families, and everyone around them. It is important to maintain that perspective, and the goal is to look ahead and build on why we are doing this and to stay unfazed and ready to respond to any challenges you may encounter during this time Come away. My team worked hundreds of hours a week developing the technology that underpins our impact, piloting, training and launching operations in the midst of a global pandemic, the first aircraft from outside the country of origin, sharing and mastering all the challenges that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am proud to have the privilege of leading such an inspiring team and I look forward to facing our next challenges.
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