I was talking to a COO yesterday about their attempts to improve their Organisational Culture. They had been using a scattergun approach using LinkedIn Lectures, Simon Sinek and BBS, and not getting the results they wanted. In fact, when pushed to what results they wanted, it was explained as a … [Read more...] about A Book to Help Get You Started on Cultural Improvement in 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 … [Read more...] about Risk Culture and Cultural Risk
Late last year I Unsubscribed to dozens of “safety” newsletters (See Isn’t Safety Supposed to be a Positive Thing). Every time I opened these newsletters I was confronted by fines & punishments, legislative updates, death & injury, PPE and the latest snake oil – That’s not safety - I was … [Read more...] about Dolphyn’s First Newsletter for 2015
How Do You Know If You Are Leading in Risk and Safety? The current marketing at ANU has caught on to the trend in describing one’s self as a ‘thought leader’ (See Youtube Video). You can join a thought leaders group, buy a thought leaders app and even ‘engineer’ a thought leader. Some have caught … [Read more...] about How Do You Know If You Are Leading in Risk and Safety?
How NOT to do Anything About Culture in Building and Construction The recently released Culture Standard for the Construction Industry (https://www.cultureinconstruction.com.au/culture-standard/ ) is a classic example of how to look like culture is identified and being addressed, when it is not. … [Read more...] about How NOT to do Anything About Culture in Building and Construction
An informed culture learns by means of ongoing debate and constantly shifting discrepancies - Karl E. Weick (2007) Culture to go…… Delivering results now! Organisations interested in cultural change need to think about, and understand their existing culture, then work hard over time to move toward … [Read more...] about Culture To Go – Delivering Results Now!
In Hopkin’s chapter (4) The Use and Abuse of “Culture” in Safety Culture, Culture Models the assumption is made that misunderstanding and misuse of an idea is ‘abusive’. (The use of such an emotive term is never explained by Hopkins, nor is any connection made between supposed ‘confusion’ and … [Read more...] about Just as Well Culture Doesn’t Listen to Safety
A must watch risk and safety video I sceptically showed this video yesterday in a presentation to a group of Risk Engineers, Lawyers, Safety Professionals and Project Managers. The response was overwhelming – I could just about see the lightbulbs going off in their heads – one company now wants to … [Read more...] about A must watch risk and safety video
Some cultural and safety perspectives from South Africa South Africa is a country with a rich cultural diversity you would not find in many (if any) other countries. Our heritage not only includes the notorious racial diversity, but also a much less noticed cultural variety. We have descendants … [Read more...] about Some cultural and safety perspectives from South Africa
When it comes to a discussion on culture, the risk and safety industry leaves out any discussion of the lost critical elements of culture. These are the safety silences on culture (https://safetyrisk.net/category/safety-culture-silences/ ). In SPoR, we propose a completely different understanding … [Read more...] about An Advanced Understanding of Culture – A Video