Max Geyer

Due Diligence Is Not Just Ticking Boxes! We hear people saying (and rightly so) that we have to demonstrate due diligence. But when we hear this we are usually drawn to a six point checklist, which someone has extrapolated from The Act, and we hear them say that by checking off the points on this list ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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WHS Legislation is NOT about Safety it’s about Culture. First published HERE I asked a couple of managers the other day what they thought the WHS legislation was about. You see, my client had asked me to make sure that their managers knew of their legal compliance obligations – a fairly typical request often from senior management. ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Corks on the quills of an Echidna = Safe; Really?   I really enjoyed this post and the “points” by Max Geyer on his blog VIAMAX CONSULTING . Another example of over zealous zero harm style risk control creating a greater risk – how would the poor echidna defend itself from predators now?!! I have noticed the advert ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Do we really need “One More” safety brand? I have just been reading an article by Kevin Jones of a “new model” of safety that the consulting firm Ernst & Young are about to launch onto the safety world. The value of this new approach, which they have termed “Plus One”, is that it apparently takes ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Sensemaking and Signs A while ago I wrote an article titled “It’s All in the Sign”. On reflection it is interesting that it generated two different lines of thought. The one line was about non-conscious communication and not overloading our minds and how that is helpful in us managing our everyday lives. The other related to ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Building resilience trumps the prevention of harm. Download a copy of the paper (includes the Bibliography for the references):  Building resilience trumps the prevention of harm The prevention of harm is about trying to see, predict and control all things that may deliver an undesired outcome. Society and organisations develop regulations, rules, systems, procedures, structures, training, inspections, ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Perfectionism in Leadership Discourse Part 1

by Max Geyer
I’m excited and honoured to present Max Geyer’s paper from the recent Psychology of Risk Conference held in Sydney. WARNING: the inbuilt message may disturb some people who are still holding onto the Zero Harm mantra.  For others it may provide some ammunition to help counter the binary argument “if you are not for Zero, then ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Perfectionism in Leadership Discourse Part 2

by Max Geyer
Perfectionism 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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Hind-sight, Risk Savvy and the Unexpected

by Max Geyer
hind sightHind-sight, Risk Savvy and the Unexpected People often talk about the “benefit of hind-sight”; but does hind-sight prepare us to manage the unexpected? Hind-sight – it is a good thing right? It helps us make sense of the world right? It sometimes gives us the courage to continue right? These things are ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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‘Can’t Means Won’t Try’ – The Challenge of Being Challenged

by Max Geyer
‘Can’t Means Won’t Try’ – The Challenge of Being Challenged Why is change easy for children and often so difficult for adults in the work environment?  Are workers just being difficult, or is there more to it than that?  It seems that there are challenges to being challenged. I’m feeling inspired by a conversation I had recently ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Unconscious and the Soap Dispenser

by Max Geyer
The Unconscious and the Soap Dispenser I just came from a “Thinking Group” meeting where the topic of conversation was around conscious and unconscious thinking and about how our unconscious takes care of many of our decisions as we go about our day. In particular we talked about how when incidents happen, quite ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Its All In The Sign

by Max Geyer
Its All In The Sign A brilliant essay by Max Geyer, submitted as part of his study for the Graduate Certificate in the Psychology of Risk - published here with his permission: Norretranders (1998) provides ample evidence that the unconscious plays a major role in communication. This paper looks at the critical nature of unconscious communication in relation ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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