Basic Tips for Professional Success


Basic Tips for Professional Success

OHS and indeed all professionals need OHS technical skills but also need broader skills if they are to be successful.

Personal and business success

Success is doing your best to improve the situation, sometimes you may not achieve an objective but if you have really given it your best shot you have succeeded.

What leads to success

  1. Set huge but realistic goals.
  2. Get damn good at what you do through practice and focus, give and receive regular feedback.
  3. Serve others something of value. Whatever you do must be based on a needs analysis.
  4. Do the simplest thing that will work.
  5. Remember the 7 P rule-Prior Preparation and Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance.
  6. Be a life-long learner in a variety of fields.
  7. It is often the relationships you build not your technical skills that determine success.
  8. Be squeaky clean in whatever you do or you will be found out, ask Bill Clinton or Mathew Johns.
  9. Whatever you do ask yourself “How will this work in the middle of the night when it is pouring down rain?” Use “real world” approaches not theory alone.
  10. Do not criticise others, compliment instead when you really mean it.
  11. Do not make excuses, accept 100% responsibility for everything that happens to you.
  12. Use humour in your interactions, no-one likes a grouch.
  13. Always treat others with respect.
  14. Plan ahead and the unexpected will not cause an emergency, always have a contingency approach.
  15. Do not take yourself too seriously.
  16. Your family and your health should always take precedence.
  17. Be gentle with yourself and others.
  18. It does no harm to do something silly every now and again, relax and generally chill out.
  19. Get away from the television and read.
  20. Celebrate success.
George Robotham

George Robotham

George was a Legend in the Safety World who passed away in Sept 2013 but left us with a great legacy
George Robotham
I have worked in OHS for most of my working life, many years in the mining industry including over 10 years in a corporate OHS role with BHP. Since leaving the mining industry I have worked in a variety of safety roles with a variety of employers, large & small, in a variety of industries. I was associated with my first workplace fatality at age 21, the girl involved was young, intelligent, vivacious and friendly. Such a waste! I was the first on the scene and tried to comfort her and tend to her injuries. She said to me “George, please do not let me die” We put her on the aerial ambulance to Rockhampton base hospital where she died the next day. I do not mind telling you that knocked me around for awhile. Since then I have helped my employers cope with the aftermath of 12 fatalities and 2 other life-altering events. The section "Why do Occupational Health & Safety" provides further detail but in summary, poor safety is simply very expensive and also has a massive humanitarian cost. My qualifications include a certificate I.V. in Workplace Training and Assessment, a Diploma in Frontline Management, a Diploma in Training & Assessment Systems, a Bachelor of Education (Adult & Workplace Education) , a Grad. Cert. in Management of Organisational Change and a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management. I am currently studying towards a Masters in Business Leadership. Up until recently I had been a Chartered Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia for 10 years and a member for about 30 years. My interest is in non-traditional methods of driving organisational change in OHS and I have what I believe is a healthy dis-respect for many common approaches to OHS Management and OHS Training. I hold what I believe is a well-founded perception that many of the things safety people and management do in safety are “displacement activities” (Displacement activities are things we do, things we put a lot of energy into, but which when we examine them closely there is no valid reason for doing them). My managerial and leadership roles in OHS have exposed me to a range of management techniques that are relevant to Business Improvement. In particular I am a strong supporter of continuous improvement and quality management approaches to business. I believe leadership is the often forgotten key to excellence in most aspects of life. I hold the Australian Defence Medal and am a J.P.(Qualified). I have many fond memories of my time playing Rugby Union when I was a young bloke.

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