The Butterfly Effect at the Lexington EMS Conference

The Butterfly Effect at the Lexington EMS Conference
Greetings, online world!
I was able to attend another EMS conference. That was mainly because it was in my own backyard (Lexington), but I learned a lot nonetheless. Conferring at the Lexington Conference Center (connected to Rupp Arena) for its 25th annual meeting was The Kentucky State EMS Conference and Expo, founded by the Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association. This makes sense as to why there were so many ambulances in the “ballroom”!
While Bill Young, EKU Faculty extraordinaire and EKU Online program coordinator, was not serving on the board or helping to organize this conference, he was a speaker. He presented not once…not twice…but THREE times!
On Wednesday, he spoke on trauma and the OB patient. Thursday’s presentation focused on why too much oxygen can be bad for you. 

I am particularly excited to share thoughts on his Friday session, “The Butterfly Effect: Why Everything You Do as an EMS Leader Matters.” This management focused presentation contained good advice, and it was applicable to all – not only EMS leaders. 

Here are my notes and reflections:

      When a butterfly flaps its wings in Africa, it can cause a tornado in Kansas. (What?!)

      This is the law of initial acts of dependence.

      The butterfly effect works with people, too. You have a direct effect on others.

      This is the law of sensitive dependence on initial conditions. (It's like the law of gravity!)

      A history lesson: What happened in the Civil War could have determined WWII - or if it would even have happened! (Whoa.)

      So, every move you make matters! It could impact your family, church, community, department, etc.

      What you do can impact others creating a chain reaction that can affect millions. You are part of something much larger than yourself!

      An example: If you put your fist in a large bucket of cold water, what changes? Not much, right? WRONG. The temperature changes, the charge changes, the pH balance changes, etc. A lot changes!

      What can we learn from this?

  • We each have a responsibility to EVERYONE.
  • Every day is a clean slate.
  • Everything you do matters…and affects others.

      Questions to ask yourself:

  • Who are you influencing?
  • Who are you setting up for success?

Bill’s challenge to everyone present was, “What are you going to do now?” I hope this brief recap leaves you feeling inspired. It certainly inspired me and reminded me that I am so lucky to be surrounded by and working with such amazing people!

P.S. - I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how often  -  while I was standing at the booth, eating lunch, or roaming with Bill –I heard someone say something along the lines of, “Your students are awesome/professional/great/hardworking!” You can fill in almost any positive word, and I heard it about our students! How amazing it is to be able to represent a program where the students are recognized for their dedication. 

Signing off until the next conference (or interesting event!) –

All the best,


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Published on September 29, 2015