Advice For Experienced Safety Leaders

Advice For Experienced Safety Leaders

Perfectionism in Leadership Discourse Part 2

 

clip_image002.gifPerfectionism in Leadership Discourse Part 2 Read Part 1 HERE In this two Part series of articles we are looking at absolutist leadership language and the likelihood that only a “perfect organisation”, could actually deliver perfection. We then look and what that means in terms of the meaning and impact of the message, used by leaders, when …… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Safety “Professionals” Behaving Badly

 

safety failSafety “Professionals” Behaving BadlyADDENDUM: This is an old post which I put up recently on LinkedIn Pulse. My Good Friend Max Geyer made a comment which I think sums this up better than I ever could. He says: I think that part of the difficulty, for the safety professional, is that they perceive that they are …… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Are Our Front Line Leaders Ready?

 

Depositphotos_9767607_xs_thumb.jpgAre Our Front Line Leaders Ready?  By Goran Prvulovic – RiskWise Solutions Does this mean that we have entered a new revolutionary period where we are likely to see a major breakthrough in the way front line operations manage risks, health and safety? Is this the beginning of the end of OHS profession as we know it? Disclaimer The …… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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We Need To Get Out of The Business Of Blame and Shame

 

image_thumb.pngWe Need To Get Out of The Business Of Blame and Shame  Latest article By Phil La Duke on his blog https://philladuke.wordpress.com/ Phil says: While there are variations on the behavioral theme, most approaches to safety still directly or indirectly result in blaming someone. It’s unproductive and shuts down meaningful research and discovery. In this week’s post …… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Upside Down Safety and Red Pen Safety Non-Leadership

 

clip_image002Upside Down Safety and Red Pen Safety Non-Leadership This in an older article by Dr Rob Long, I recently published it on LinkedIn Pulse and its proven to be very popular so worthy of resurrection again here:A friend of mine who is the same age as I and who I have coached in safety and risk ……Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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All Injuries are Preventable and Other Silly Safety Sayings

 

safety-third_thumb.pngquotable quote: “The use of silly and meaningless safety language matters, it creates a distraction and delusion that safety and risk are being addressed. We may feel good about speaking such words but they dumb down culture and distract people from taking safety seriously”. All Injuries are Preventable and Other Silly Safety Sayings All injuries are …… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Organisational Situational Awareness

 

<p><img style="float: left; display: inline" alt="situational awareness" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/situational-awareness.jpg?fit=150%2C150" align="left" />Organisational Situational Awareness By Goran Prvulovic, MOccHlth&amp;Saf The concept of situational awareness (SA) is not a new one. It is often talked about in management circles and is extensively covered in OHS literature, especially in relation to an individual’s ability to understand the work environment elements in a particular time frame, evaluate a range of factors and use the ...… <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/organisational-situational-awareness/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/organisational-situational-awareness/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/charging-into-mediocrity/">Charging into Mediocrity</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/mark-taylor/">MARK TAYLOR</a>   <p><img style="float: left; display: inline" alt="image.png" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/image9.png?fit=150%2C150" align="left" />Charging into Mediocrity “Half a league, half a league. Half a league onwards” are words from the first line of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem about “The Charge of the Light Brigade”. The poem tells the story of a brigade of 600 men, who rode on horseback into the “valley of death” for half ...… <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/charging-into-mediocrity/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/charging-into-mediocrity/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/how-do-you-know-if-you-are-leading-in-risk-and-safety/">How Do You Know If You Are Leading in Risk and Safety?</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/rob-long/">DR ROB LONG</a>   <p><img style="float: left; display: inline" alt="Depositphotos_8453680_xs_thumb.jpg" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Depositphotos_8453680_xs_thumb.jpg?fit=150%2C150" align="left" />How Do You Know If You Are Leading in Risk and Safety? The current marketing at ANU has caught on to the trend in describing one’s self as a ‘thought leader’ (See Youtube Video). You can join a thought leaders group, buy a thought leaders app and even ‘engineer’ a thought leader. Some have ...… <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/how-do-you-know-if-you-are-leading-in-risk-and-safety/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/how-do-you-know-if-you-are-leading-in-risk-and-safety/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/silences-in-safety/">Silences in Safety</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/rob-long/">DR ROB LONG</a>   <p><img style="float: left; display: inline" alt="" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/iStock_000008343218XSmall_thumb1.jpg?fit=150%2C150" align="left" />With the subtlety sledgehammer, Dr Rob Long knocks the unattainable, meaningless ideas and slogans like “Zero Harm” and “Safety First” right on the noggin! Read more of his articles here “Cultures that strategically know their silences are more sophisticated than cultures that fill the airwaves with meaningless noise.” Silences in Safety Sian Beilock wrote a great book called ...… <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/silences-in-safety/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/silences-in-safety/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/the-new-leadership-risk-and-safety/">The New Leadership – Risk and Safety</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/rob-long/">DR ROB LONG</a>   <p><img style="float: left; display: inline" alt="following leading" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/following-leading1.png?fit=150%2C150" align="left" />The New Leadership – Risk and Safety Dr Rob explains the what his new book “Following-Leading in Risk” is all about. Download Section 1 of “Following-Leading in Risk&quot; Free (# downloads): A number of people have been asking about the new book, why this following-leading title? What does it mean? In a short answer, the book is ...… <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/the-new-leadership-risk-and-safety/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/the-new-leadership-risk-and-safety/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/complexity-and-safety/">Complexity and safety</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/george-robotham/">GEORGE ROBOTHAM</a>   <p><img style="float: left; display: inline" alt="Depositphotos_8433561_xs" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Depositphotos_8433561_xs_thumb.jpg?fit=150%2C150" align="left" />Complexity and Safety Popular discussion topic at the moment – republished guest post by the late George RobothamIntroductionEarly in my safety career it became obvious to me that safety is about the people and not about the things and artefacts. It is not about the safety management systems, safety management plans, risk assessments, audits etc. but ...… <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/complexity-and-safety/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/complexity-and-safety/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/reverse-engineering-safety-offerings/">Reverse Engineering Safety Offerings</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/philladuke/">PHIL LADUKE</a>   <p><img style="float: left; display: inline" alt="reverse-engineer-safety_thumb.jpg" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/reverse-engineer-safety_thumb.jpg?fit=150%2C150" align="left" />Reverse Engineering Safety Offerings By Phil La Duke – see the whole article hereExtracts:I don’t have all the answers; not about safety and not about anything else. Furthermore, as much as it may seem to the contrary, I don’t even THINK that I have all the answers, but there are people in the world of safety ...… <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/reverse-engineering-safety-offerings/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/reverse-engineering-safety-offerings/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/disruptive-safety/">Disruptive Safety</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/admin/">DAVE COLLINS</a>   <p>Disruptive Safety Very interesting article and points raised by Kelvin Genn&#160; on the Safety Differently Blog READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE&#160; Some Extracts:&#160;&#160; Recently I was studying Google’s management philosophy where I was struck by one of their principles: “make mistakes well”. On initial presentation, this ...… <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/disruptive-safety/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/disruptive-safety/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/what-is-a-safety-and-risk-thinking-group/">What is a Safety and Risk ‘Thinking Group’?</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/rob-sams/">ROB SAMS</a>   <p><img style="float: left; display: inline" alt="Depositphotos_38902151_xs_thumb.jpg" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Depositphotos_38902151_xs_thumb.jpg?fit=150%2C150" align="left" />What is a Safety and Risk ‘Thinking Group’? When we take time out to critically think through, and challenge, the ‘norm’ in risk and safety, we open up our eyes, and importantly our minds, to new thinking and innovation when we use our imagination to better discern riskIn my last post Some Basics on Social Psychology ...… <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/what-is-a-safety-and-risk-thinking-group/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/what-is-a-safety-and-risk-thinking-group/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/sesame-street-safety/">Sesame Street Safety</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/rob-long/">DR ROB LONG</a>   <p><img style="float: left; display: inline" alt="image_thumb.png" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/image_thumb2.png?fit=150%2C150" align="left" />Sesame Street Safety Sesame Street was first broadcast in 1969, a TV show aimed to help preschool children prepare for schooling, particularly in literacy and numeracy. As I presented to safety advisors this week at a conference I was stunned that no one in the room (all highly experienced safety people) knew of or had read, ...…<a href="https://safetyrisk.net/sesame-street-safety/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/sesame-street-safety/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/the-problem-with-safety/">The Problem with Safety</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/philladuke/">PHIL LADUKE</a>   <p>The Problem with Safety Part of the latest no punches pulled article by Phil La Duke – READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE Excerpt:Last week’s post that asked why Heinrich’s Pyramid was so popular across all industry segments despite being largely discredited by many in the safety industry angered up some of your blood. I don’t mind, if ...…<a href="https://safetyrisk.net/the-problem-with-safety/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/the-problem-with-safety/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/the-power-of-pyramids/">The Power of Pyramids</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/philladuke/">PHIL LADUKE</a>   <p><img style="float: left; display: inline" alt="image_thumb.png" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/image_thumb9.png?fit=150%2C150" align="left" />The Power of Pyramids: How Using Outmoded Thinking about Hazards Can Be Deadly I really enjoyed this recent blog by Phil LaDuke. It's understood by modern, thinking safety people that most injuries are not caused by unsafe acts and that reducing the frequency of injuries will not automatically reduce the severity of injuries. So, why do ...… <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/the-power-of-pyramids/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/the-power-of-pyramids/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/new-free-ebook-broader-management-skills-for-the-ohs-professional/">New FREE EBook – Broader Management Skills For The OHS Professional</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/george-robotham/">GEORGE ROBOTHAM</a>   <p><img style="float: left; display: inline" alt="image" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/image_thumb515.png?fit=150%2C150" align="left" />Broader Management Skills For The OHS Professional (And Other Professionals) Well the first free 216 page EBook – “Guidance for the beginning OHS professional” – George Robotham” – was a huge success with over 13,500 copies sent out and still counting! Inspired by the positive feedback, George has just finished his latest book based on the ...… <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/new-free-ebook-broader-management-skills-for-the-ohs-professional/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/new-free-ebook-broader-management-skills-for-the-ohs-professional/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/the-things-you-need-to-know-about-health-and-safety-leadership/">The Things You Need To Know About Health and Safety Leadership</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/george-robotham/">GEORGE ROBOTHAM</a>   <p><img style="float: left; display: inline" alt="Colin Powell" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/colin-powell-celeb-prostate-cancer-pg-full.jpg?fit=150%2C150" align="left" />Reflection from the late GEORGE ROBOTHAM - See his other articles HEREThis is probably one of the most significant pieces of work that I have published for sometime. I have been involved with its evolution for quite a while now and it has been peer reviewed of over 50 professionals and modified accordingly.I must stress ...… <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/the-things-you-need-to-know-about-health-and-safety-leadership/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/the-things-you-need-to-know-about-health-and-safety-leadership/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/lets-try-sense-based-safety/">Lets Try Sense Based Safety</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/philladuke/">PHIL LADUKE</a>   <p><img title="" style="float: left; display: inline" alt="SENSE" src="https://philladuke.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/sense.jpg?w=300&amp;h=281" width="150" align="left" />&#160; Lets Try Sense Based Safety By Phil La Duke on his blog – READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE Phil shares our same concerns over the proliferation of silver bullet, snake oil and the “next big thing” salesmen and reminds us of the 10 absolute truths about safety – GOLD! ...…<a href="https://safetyrisk.net/lets-try-sense-based-safety/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/lets-try-sense-based-safety/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/get-out-of-their-way/">Get out of their way</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/admin/">DAVE COLLINS</a>   <p><img style="float: left; display: inline" alt="Old worn out boots&#10;" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Depositphotos_13288983_xs_thumb.jpg?fit=150%2C150" align="left" />Get Out Of Their Way This little story from my past was inspired by a recent post on the Safety Differently blog: From the Road Less Travelled – worth a read.I will never forget one of the most valuable lessons taught to me at work. I was a 23 year old Engineering Graduate thrown in the ...…<a href="https://safetyrisk.net/get-out-of-their-way/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/get-out-of-their-way/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/safety-leadership-essentials/">Safety Leadership Essentials</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/rob-long/">DR ROB LONG</a>   <p><img style="float: left; display: inline" alt="iStock_000014477134XSmall" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/iStock_000014477134XSmall_thumb.jpg?fit=150%2C150" align="left" />Safety Leadership Essentials&#160; A friend showed me a four day course they had to attend for their company titled ‘Safety Leadership’. As I looked through the materials I couldn’t see anything I thought resembled ‘leadership’ in safety. The course was cover to cover with the fundamentals of hazard identification, risk basics, communication basics, hierarchy of control, ...… <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/safety-leadership-essentials/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/safety-leadership-essentials/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4>Using Company Policies To Guide Employees On Rules And Responsibilities</h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/admin/">DAVE COLLINS</a>   <p>Using Company Policies To Guide Employees On Rules And Responsibilities Guest Post In any household, there are specific rules upheld to establish order and harmony among all family members. The children, for instance, must take turns accomplishing various chores after their homework is done, or a set number of hours for TV watching ...… Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</p>  <p>READ MORE →</p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/bring-me-solutions-not-problems/">Bring Me Solutions Not Problems</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/george-robotham/">GEORGE ROBOTHAM</a>   <p><img style="float: left; display: inline" alt="Depositphotos_12856910_xs_thumb.jpg" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Depositphotos_12856910_xs_thumb.jpg?fit=150%2C150" align="left" />Bring Me Solutions Not Problems - Republished One of the more popular posts by the late George Robotham - see all of his work hereAn ex-manager of mine used to say “Bring me solutions not problems”There is no shortage of people on the various forums talking about various OHS problems.Solutions do not seem to be as ...… <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/bring-me-solutions-not-problems/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/bring-me-solutions-not-problems/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/the-quest-for-accreditation-of-safety-in-australia/">The Quest for Accreditation of Safety in Australia</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/rob-long/">DR ROB LONG</a>   <p><img style="float: left; display: inline" alt="Depositphotos_23049644_xs_thumb.jpg" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Depositphotos_23049644_xs_thumb.jpg?fit=150%2C150" align="left" />Rightly or wrongly, “Safety” has become one of the most despised words in industry. The debate over accreditation of the Profession has been simmering for too long and now it is time to bring it to the boil! The Quest for Accreditation of Safety in Australia by Dr Rob LongI have been inundated recently, with emails and ...…<a href="https://safetyrisk.net/the-quest-for-accreditation-of-safety-in-australia/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/the-quest-for-accreditation-of-safety-in-australia/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/why-good-leaders-make-you-feel-safe/">Why good leaders make you feel safe</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/admin/">DAVE COLLINS</a>   <p><img style="float: left; display: inline" alt="image_thumb.png" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/image_thumb1.png?fit=150%2C150" align="left" />Why good leaders make you feel safe A safe organisation is definitely not one that relies on rules, punishment, reporting, systems, procedures, checklists, injury measurement, hazard control, authority, error elimination and Zero Harm – how dare anybody call that “Culture”.Feeling safe and being safe is all about people, security, trust, learning, morale, imagination and great leaders ...…<a href="https://safetyrisk.net/why-good-leaders-make-you-feel-safe/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/why-good-leaders-make-you-feel-safe/">READ MORE →</a></p>  <h4><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/safety-myths-and-misconceptions-2/">Safety Myths and Misconceptions</a></h4> by <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/author/george-robotham/">GEORGE ROBOTHAM</a>   <p><img style="float: left; display: inline" alt="" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Flickr-3903609998.jpg?fit=150%2C150" align="left" />Safety Myths &amp; MisconceptionsNote:- Brisbane based OHS consultant, Geoff McDonald has considerably influenced my thinking in the preparation of the following. Because they go to work in Australia, 10 people per hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, have their lives permanently altered (Geoff McDonald).IntroductionOne important factor that ...… <a href="https://safetyrisk.net/safety-myths-and-misconceptions-2/">Enjoy the rest of the article &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p>  <p><a href="https://safetyrisk.net/safety-myths-and-misconceptions-2/">READ MORE →</a>
Barry Spud

Barry Spud

Safety Crusader, Zero Harm Zealot, Compliance Controller and Global Pandemic Expert at Everything Safety
Barry Spud
What is a Safety Spud? Lets look at a few more spud head activities in risk and safety: 1. Coming on to site saying there is a safety issue when in fact there’s no such thing, it’s a political issue. 2. ‘Falling apart’ when people make choices that we think are stupid because they won’t do as we ‘tell’ them. Then we put on the angry face and think that overpowering others creates ownership. 3. Putting on the zero harm face, presenting statistics, knowing it has nothing to do with culture, risk or safety. 4. Putting on the superman (hazardman) suit and pretending to be the saviour of everything, this is good spud head cynic stuff. 5. Thinking that everyone else is a spud head except me. 6. Thinking there’s such a thing as ‘common’ sense and using such mythology to blame and label others. 7. Accepting safety policies and processes that dehumanize others. 8. Blaming, ego-seeking, grandstanding and territory protecting behind the mask of safety. 9. Thinking that risk and safety is simple when in fact it is a wicked problem. Denying complexity and putting your spud head in the sand. 10. Continually repeating the nonsense language and discourse of risk aversion that misdirect people about risk, safety, learning and imagination.

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