The Silent Leadership Challenge is a Foundation initiative involving corporate and community leaders around New Zealand.
For part of one day, participants give up their ability to fully communicate, by taking on four communication challenges, wearing ear protectors to simulate deafness:
a one-to-one meeting
a team meeting
a social get-together
watching TV (without the aid of captions).
Hearing loss is unrecognised and hardly ever talked about. By undertaking the challenge, the participating leaders help us to:
· transform workplace attitudes to hearing loss prevention
· increase workplace and community understanding and empathy for those who are hard of hearing
· raise funds for the Foundation’s vital work.
It's a topic close to operators' hearts in our noisy plant. We fully support raising awareness of safe practices to prevent hearing loss. - Brian Ropitini and Jayne Francis, directors, Methanex, Taranaki