Culture About Much More Than Structure

Culture About Much More Than Structure One’s assumptions about what defines culture limits or expands culture itself. One thing is for sure, culture is about much more than organizational structures and systems. Indeed, culture is such a wicked problem (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_problem) that defining culture structurally or systemically creates far more problems than it solves. Organisational structures …

Risk Culture and Cultural Risk

Risk Culture and Cultural Risk When the risk and safety industry defines culture it doesn’t consider critical aspects of culture. The most common definition is that culture is ‘what we do around here’ which fits in nicely with the behaviourist-cognitivist worldview that dominates the sector. So people in the risk industry role up to training …

Canada Culture Workshops Vancouver and Calgary November 2018

Canada Culture Workshops Vancouver and Calgary November 2018   The mis-definition of culture as either: systems, behaviours or leadership causes so many problems for people and organisations in their journey in risk and safety. Then leaders wonder why they find it so challenging to influence change in culture because of all of the critical factors …

WHS Legislation is NOT about Safety it’s about Culture

WHS Legislation is NOT about Safety it’s about Culture. 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. So, …

Investigations and Power

Investigations and Power In the previous blog I raised concerns about the nature of Investigations and truth telling, and the affect of culture on one’s capability to extract the truth in investigations (https://safetyrisk.net/investigations-and-truth-telling/ ). In this blog I wish to raise the important issue of power in the process of investigating. One of the benefits …