"Honey. Where's The Sauce?"


Have you ever had an experience similar to the following:



You go to a cupboard in your kitchen where you know the bottle of sauce (ketchup) is located. You open the door and look at the shelf but you can’t see the sauce.

You call out to your partner and ask: “Where’s the sauce?”

They respond with: “It’s right in front of you. You’re looking at it!”

Puzzled, you state that you can’t see it and ask again (it must have been moved!).

Your partner, wanting to be polite, walks into the kitchen, takes the bottle from the shelf and places it in front of you. It was exactly where they said it was.

You make some unintelligible remarks under your breath, pick up the sauce bottle and walk away - puzzled.


Your eyes were wide open but you couldn’t see the bottle of sauce. What’s going on?


In simplistic terms, despite your eyes being open, your brain wasn’t engaged in “bottle of sauce finding”. Here’s the key learning point - you don’t see with your eyes, you see with your brain.


If the brain is not engaged to see the colour, shape or orientation of the object that is in front of your eyes, you will have difficulty seeing the object.


Now I would absolutely not claim to have an intricate knowledge of the complex operations of the brain however, I, like most readers have had the experience I outlined above and I have witnessed hundreds of pilots have a similar experience in aviation training scenarios.


Pilots undergoing training and those flying day to day operations are subjected to enormous stressors. Examples of stressors are:


  • Time pressures

  • FatigueLicense checks

  • Weather

  • Personal factors

  • Personality conflicts

  • Sickness

These stressors layer the processing capabilities of the pilot and create filters that distract the brain from being able to function at an optimal level. We have all experienced a training session or flight outcome that was less than optimal.


Whilst we can’t avoid some of the stressors that surround us in day to day life we can acknowledge them and use this awareness to engage our brains in a more focused way.


For the brain to operate effectively there must be ORDER. We must have a process or “map” for the brain to follow. Without ORDER the functions of the brain will be compromised to some degree and the result could be catastrophic.


As a training professional I like to know WHY something happens (or doesn’t happen). I know that, as a human being, I am rather limited without understanding for it is a lack of understanding that holds me back from growing.


So to understand how sauce and piloting come together we must understand that we are human and therefore we are subjected to the same limitations as every other human.


In R.O.E Training courses, attendees gain greater awareness of why they do what they do (or don’t do) - human performance. This increased awareness supports pilots in becoming more effective in their day to day role on the flight deck or in the simulator.


Attendees are introduced to the R.O.E Model© and learn how this proprietary map provides ORDER to their day to day operations and training scenarios.


Maybe it’s time to switch from plain sauce to spicy sauce and spice up your knowledge.


Contact R.O.E today and ask about how we can support you in your sauce selection.






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