With their combined experience and foresight, both Harry and Craig have seen the need for prior learning, training and accreditation for tunnelling specific employees.

Following Tunnelling Solutions presentation to the Australian Tunnelling Society on the resourcing challenges facing the tunnelling industry in Australia late last year, (read presentation brief at http://www.ats.org.au/index.php/ats-news/icalrepeat.detail/2014/10/29/-tunnellers-where-do-they-come-from-annual-general-meeting), they have been developing a training program to equip workers with specialist skills and knowledge required for the tunnelling industry.

As companies seek new business opportunities globally and even in Australia, where the workforce is culturally diverse, one skill is becoming noticeably important, especially for leaders.  And that is understanding other peoples' cultures.

In a career which is longer than Harry Lyle would like to remember, he has tunnelled under oceans, rivers, through mountains, sank shafts into deserts - you name it and most likely Harry has done it.  But it's the smallest of all that has proven to be the biggest challenge.

Sounds familiar to a quote once shared by the Dalai Lama - "if you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito in the room".

More Tunnelling Tales to follow.

Progress is steadily improving on the construction of cross passages.  Tunnelling Solutions are now excavating the cross passages that have been previously stabilised although some small areas of wet sand remain.

The ground conditions have proven to be challenging and dangerous and require a team of experienced and skilled tunnelling personnel.  This crew of specialised tunnelling experts are dealing well with the ever changing conditions.

 

As companies seek new business opportunities globally and even in Australia, where the workforce is culturally diverse, one skill is becoming noticeably important, especially for leaders.  And that is understanding other peoples' cultures.

 

Expecting people to trust in your experience and expertise, and leading by your own standards of communication, is not as valid and widely accepted in today's diverse working environment.

 

To get desired results, leaders must know how to communicate across various cultures - as it is the persons culture that dictates his understanding and reaction.  

 

This can be tricky as each culture has a different way of interpreting the meanings of words, voice tone and body language.   

 

When in doubt, one way of communicating to achieve positive results, is to show respect.

 

Respect is easily understood and is a personal trait accepted by people of all cultures. 

 

 

 

Tunnelling Solutions to provide specialist tunnelling supervision to assist in the construction of cross passages on the Chennai Metro Tunnel for L&T and SUCG JV