The Advisor as Skilled Helper

The Advisor as Skilled Helper The idea of ‘helping’ is essential to the professions (Susskind & Susskind., The Future of The Professions 2015). However, the absence of the language of ‘helping’ in the safety industry is not surprising. When the goal is zero and the activity is counting where is the motivation for ‘helping’? One’s …

Helping in Safety

Helping in Safety Since moving from a field wedded to ‘crusading’, to one where the fallibilities of human beings are revealed in almost every interaction, the real differences between the fixing of Safety and the helping of Counselling are becoming clearer. For example, contrast the often controlling practices of Safety with the helping activity of …

Making Technicians Not Helpers

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 is excluded from most safety training and qualifications. Near all report that their qualification has been primarily …

The Power in Helping

The Power in Helping I wonder if one of the greatest privileges and opportunities we may have as a human being is to be either the recipient, or giver of, ‘help’. Being the recipient of help may be as simple as someone picking up something that we’ve dropped on the ground, through to being supported …

The Paradox of Helping

Feeling pretty chuffed that Rob Sams asked me to share this: First published here: http://dolphyn.com.au/the-paradox-of-helping/ The Paradox of Helping I had the privilege of attending the Lifeline Brass Blokes Awards in my hometown of Newcastle last night. The Awards recognise the spirit of ‘blokes’ who have been through adversity yet still find the time, courage …