‘Argument progresses in three stages: superficial simplicity, confused complexity and profound simplicity. Mindful organisations and leaders are prepared to struggle through confused complexity to find profound simplicity. Mindless organisations tend to settle for the first superficial simplicity … [Read more...] about Simple or Simplistic Risk and Safety
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 plug … [Read more...] about Top 10 Simple Things You Can Do To Dramatically Improve Safety
One of the conundrums of the safety industry is its addiction to simple, black and white thinking. We see this evidenced in the delusion of Zero (https://www.humandymensions.com/product/zero-the-great-safety-delusion/). Poor old Safety, noisy about the word ‘professional’ and resistant to any … [Read more...] about KISS Safety in a VUCA World
One of the most reliable things about Safety is that it doesn’t know what to do about risk. This is most obvious when it adopts campaigns like: meerkats, Hazardman, dumb ways to die, Mums for Safety, brain blobs for mental health (https://safetyrisk.net/how-not-to-view-mental-health-and-safety/), … [Read more...] about Dot to Dot Safety for Non-Professionals
I was just trying to Help A friend called me recently to tell me that they’d lost their job. They couldn’t understand the decision and we spoke for an hour or so working through the roller coaster of emotions they were feeling, from anger, to frustration, to anxiousness and amazement. I just … [Read more...] about I was just trying to Help
Resilience and Safety The ability to adapt, ‘bounce back’, learn, cope and manage adversity is an essential attribute when we consider the nature of work and safety. We live in a world where things sometimes go wrong (for a host of reasons). Life is uncertain (risk) and the world is governed by … [Read more...] about Resilience and Safety
The Safety Silver Bullet I found it! You can buy your official silver bullet HERE >>>> The idea of finding a silver bullet is that there is a perfect solution to a problem. It’s a simple idea that comes from binary absolute thinking. Such thinking is very common in safety and proposes … [Read more...] about The Silver Bullet
Investigations and The Simplicity Attraction In the face of so much noise, competing values, diversity and confusion stands the myth of Occam’s Razor, a wish that when faced with multiple factors, humans will always opt for the shortest simplest route. The 14th Century philosopher/theologian … [Read more...] about Investigations and The Simplicity Attraction
But you Promised? When you don’t know what to do about safety chose a dumb down binary discourse. Here is the latest from Safework NSW http://www.safetystartswithyou.nsw.gov.au/safety-promise There’s nothing more reliable for dumb down than the core principle: ‘It didn’t work last time so, lets … [Read more...] about But you Promised?
Is The Safety and Risk Revolution Coming? This afternoon I had some great, as always, conversation with my good mates Rob Sams and Max Geyer. We spoke at length at how inspired they have been lately working with companies who want to embrace real safety and risk through the understanding the … [Read more...] about Is The Safety and Risk Revolution Coming?