The Toxic Language of ‘Performance’ and Risk image source The language of ‘performance’ as measured outcomes is toxicity for the humanization of persons. We see this exemplified in the recent report … [Read more...] about The Toxic Language of ‘Performance’ and Risk
Solace In Times of Uncertainty Amidst the constant uncertainty of life, there are no answers found in measurables. There is no assurance to uncertainty in Qanta … [Read more...] about Solace In Times of Uncertainty
The Measurement Mindset in Safety??? Most human living is NOT measurable. Most of the things that are important to fallible persons, are not only NOT measurable, they shouldn’t be. Any effort to … [Read more...] about The Measurement Mindset in Safety???
Measurement Anxiety in Safety When we say that something has affected us ‘beyond measure’ we express one of the truisms of life. Many times in life we not only experience things ‘without measure’ but … [Read more...] about Measurement Anxiety in Safety
Goals and Vision in Safety Safety is the industry of lower order goals (see Figure 1. Goal States). Safety functions under the false slogan ‘you can’t manage what you can’t measure’. It chooses to … [Read more...] about Goals and Vision in Safety
In every workshop I conduct the issue of measures, a STEM view of evidence and ‘controls’ are always raised. This week was no exception. I find it so amusing that the industry has this fixation with … [Read more...] about Quantifying the Unquantifiable
I read a recent article by Alan Quilley (http://www.safetyresults.ca/) on measuring safety by injury rate and was fascinated by the logic. I enjoyed the video on regression to the mean (Prevention of … [Read more...] about Measurement in Safety, You’ve Got it All Wrong
What and how should we measure to support recovery from injury? “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted” Albert Einstein (attributed) Some … [Read more...] about What and how should we measure to support recovery from injury?
Greg, the author of this article (first published here), certainly does upset some safety people on Linkedin! He makes an excellent point here – you may get 97%, a big tick or a star for having a … [Read more...] about Measuring and Reporting on Work Health & Safety
Why Would You Talk That Way? Postman’s classic book ‘Crazy talk, Stupid Talk’ (1976) discusses the power of semantic environments. That is, the context in which we talk. For example, the words ‘sorry … [Read more...] about Why Would You Talk That Way?