Reflection Makes Sense

Reflection Makes Sense Organisations, despite their apparent preoccupation with facts, numbers, objectivity, concreteness, and accountability, are in fact saturated with subjectivity, abstraction, guesses, making do, invention and arbitrariness… just like the rest of us. (Weick 1969, p. 5) These are the words of Karl Weick who helps us understand that all organisations and people have …

Sensemaking and Signs

Sensemaking and Signs A while ago I wrote an article titled “It’s All in the Sign”. On reflection it is interesting that it generated two different lines of thought. The one line was about non-conscious communication and not overloading our minds and how that is helpful in us managing our everyday lives. The other related …

Strategic Business Plans, hierarchically driven

Strategic Business Plans, hierarchically driven – who are the real experts? by Dennis Millard   When companies develop safety plans for work scopes, they tend to utilise who they consider to be the experts for the task. Even today we notice key managers, leaders and safety personnel are the ones mainly relied upon to develop …

Managing the Unexpected

Ed: Ok, you’ve been asking for it – a practical workplace application of Safety and Risk Psychology Managing the Unexpected Karl Weick and Kathleen Sutcliffe published Managing the Unexpected in 2001 and brought many of the principles of the social psychology of organizing into the risk and safety world. This book should be at the …

Understanding The Social Psychology of Risk – Prof Karl E. Weick

Understanding The Social Psychology of Risk – Prof Karl E. Weick The contribution of Prof. Karl E. Weick to the genre of social psychology is enormous. (His 5 key texts are listed below). I first read Weick in 1985 as part of my Master’s Thesis at Sydney University and would count my contact with him …