The message here is so simple yet contradicts orthodox and contemporary safety education, training and practice: “telling is more risky than asking”, "We see ‘asking’ as a ‘weakness’ or being ‘ignorant’ so we avoid it" The Art of Humble Inquiry as a Pathway to Safety Improvement I was chatting with … [Read more...] about The Art of Humble Inquiry as a Pathway to Safety Improvement
Top 10 Things About Safety and Risk That Only a Handful of People Know Republished by request Here are 10 and a bit things about safety that I plucked from some recent blog posts, that singularly or collectively only a handful of people may know. Or, if they knew them, perhaps did not know … [Read more...] about Top 10 Things About Safety and Risk That Only a Handful of People Know
Interrogation by Another Name Effective response to events (investigation) is not about Technique, neither is humble enquiry about Technique (Technique is the ideology of efficiency – Ellul) or style of questions. The beginning and foundation for an effective response to any event is ethics. To do … [Read more...] about Interrogation by Another Name
Top 10 Simple Things You Can Do To Dramatically Improve Safety (you will probably not find many of these in text books or regulations) The most common feedback I get on this blog is something like: “all this theory is great but what can I do to apply it”. I know Safety loves simplicity and … [Read more...] about Top 10 Simple Things You Can Do To Dramatically Improve Safety
What to Say Instead Of Be Careful Not often you find gems on Linkedin (see poster below) and this is juxtaposed lately with posts about 10 Golden Rules and “who’s to blame” videos. Most legislation requires consultation with the work force and those actually exposed to the risks – many seem to … [Read more...] about What to Say Instead Of Be Careful
Is Safety “a few tools short of a toolbox”? Guest post by one of the USA based students in The Centre for Leadership and Learning in Risk (CLLR) online program https://cllr.com.au/online-courses-overseas-students/ Collective mindfulness is an acceptance of equivocality; understanding that all … [Read more...] about Is Safety “a few tools short of a toolbox”?
Do we Need a Different Way of Being in Safety? There are many people working in Safety who seek a ‘different’ way of engaging with others, and rightly so. The current policing and patrolling approaches adopted by many, seem to be doing little to support people in how they tackle the challenges of … [Read more...] about Do we Need a Different Way of Being in Safety?
Making Technicians Not Helpers People have enrolled in the CLLR Certificate online and in face-to-face studies (https://cllr.com.au/register-to-study/) recently, many with graduate and post-graduate qualifications in Safety. Near all, without exception, are looking for the skills and knowledge that … [Read more...] about Making Technicians Not Helpers
Latest must read by WHS Lawyer Greg Smith – first published here Safety Leadership: Enabler, Excuse or Doing Harm? I do not think that there is any serious view suggesting that “leadership” is not an important, if not the most important driver of safety performance. One of the main findings from … [Read more...] about Safety Leadership: Enabler, Excuse or Doing Harm?
The Fear of Power and the Power of Fear One of the clear messages in the Netflix series House of Cards is the Fear of Power and the Power of Fear. The House of Cards series exemplifies what happens when one makes power the frame for exchange. The idea that coercion, compliance, power and fear are a … [Read more...] about The Fear of Power and the Power of Fear