The Essentials of Supervision in Risk

  It is a strange that people who rise to levels of supervisor receive little or no education in supervision. I find all the time that whilst executives receive significant investment in professional development that we often expect people who supervise to ‘learn on the job’. Whenever we run our Superviz workshops  we find that …

Risk and Safety as a Wicked Problem

Introduction It is nearly ten years since the outstanding research by Wagner and Associates ‘Safety - A Wicked Problem’ was published (http://www.peterwagner.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Safety-A-Wicked-Problem2.pdf). The project examined responses by prominent CEOs to common problems associated in tackling risk and safety at work. The recommendations in the Executive Summary alone provide critical directions should anyone in the safety …

Ten Ways to Improve Safety

Whenever the question arises about improving the safety industry it is amazing to see what is invisibly declared off limits. Lets have safety improvement as long as no sacred rites or safety lores are questioned. Lets tinker about the edges, change the brand of cosmetics and fixate on stasis. So as a contribution to the …

A Poetic Worldview

Someone asked me the other day what was the opposite of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). An interesting question because it begs a binary answer. One might think the opposite of STEM is the Arts and Humanities but I don’t think that really captures the difference enough. When ones worldview is shaped by yearning …

The Shock of Homeostasis

  Homeostasis doesn’t just apply to risk (http://riskhomeostasis.org/; https://safetyrisk.net/risk-homeostasis-theorywhy-safety-initiatives-go-wrong/ ), it is a dynamic of human being. Homeostasis is really about a fundamental drive in the human psyche to regulate. Homeostasis is about how the human unconscious regulates everything from perception, experience and suffering to resilience, empathy and indifference. No matter what humans experience in …