Episode #281: Life Lessons from the Cockpit of QF32 with Richard De Crespigny

Melbourne born and educated, Richard Champion de Crespigny got his first taste of a future flying career as a 14-year-old when his father took him on a tour of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Academy at Point Cook in Victoria.

In 1975, aed 17, he joined the RAAF: One year later, he started flying. During his 11 years flying transport, jet and helicopter aircraft with the RAAF, he was seconded as AIde-de-Camp to two Australian Governors-General, Richard remained with the RAAF until 1986 when he joined Qantas, flying Boeing 747, Airbus A330 and A380 jet aircrafts.

In 2010 he was the Captain on board Qantas Flight QF32 when it suffered a catastrophic explosion. His multi-award winning and bestselling book QF32 is a blow-by-blow story of what went right when things went wrong in the air.

Richard still flies the AIrbus A380, delivers presentations on the elements of resilience to governments, agencies and fortune 500 companies. IN 2016, Richard was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to the aviation industry, both nationally and internationally, particularly to flight safety and to the community.

This was a deeply insightful two hour long deep dive conversation with Richard on a number of topics that pertain to not only surviving a crisis situation in the air, which - fortunately - few of us will have to do, but how to apply the elements of resilience to better navigate crisis in our own lives, embrace adversity and thrive, whether in a business setting or even when it comes to our own interpersonal relationships.

As you’ll discover, Richard thinks critically about a wide range of disciplines that each serve to aid his understanding of the world and his decision making, characteristics that were key to the safe landing of the aircraft.

Amongst the plethora of topics we discussed, expect to learn:

  1. Why you need to first understand your mind if you want to master it
  2. What the eight elements of resilience are and how to use them to your advantage
  3. How to understand risk and make better decisions, particularly in crisis situations when our threat-detecting amygdala is often prone to hijacking the more rational part of our brain and wire us to react instead of respond

Expect to learn this and a whole bunch more in my far reaching conversation with the one and only Richard De Crespigny.


Topics Discussed:

  • De Crespigny’s early inspirations
  • How our brains work
  • Understand your mind to understand yourself
  • Negativity bias and mainstream media
  • The eight elements of resilience
  • Why we’re living in the best times ever
  • Leaning into adversity and being prepared for anything
  • Risk management
  • Decision making
  • Crisis management
  • Making sense of the wealth of knowledge at our disposal
  • Responding with intelligence instead of reacting with impulse
  • Leadership, empowering your people and radical transparency
  • Systems 1 and 2 thinking
  • Effective teamwork
  • Learning how to learn
  • Balancing short-term and long-term incentives
  • Brand management, transparency and personal guarantees
  • What happened aboard QF32
  • Air France flight 447
  • Turning brand defectors into brand advocates
  • NASA, SpaceX, Hyperloop and Autonomous Vehicles
  • Robotics and emerging technologies
  • Embracing ambiguity and thriving in uncertain conditions

Show Notes:

Fly the Book: https://flythebookcom.wordpress.com/

Richard’s blog: http://qf32.aero   

Twitter: @RichardDeCrep

Get Fly! the book On Amazon: https://amzn.to/2p9Xavz

Get QF32 the book on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Oarcdg


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