The Perils Of Planning

Conversations on the Couch – The Perils of Planning

imageLatest Video by Gab Carlton and Rob Sams. See the whole series HERE

In risk and safety, and in life, we do a lot of planning.

This can include things safety management plans, daily work plans and in life we are planning all the time – what to do today, our next holiday or our next catch up with mates.

Planning can be good, it provides us with a sense of certainty, something which people have a deep desire for.

But what does planning do to us from a psychological perspective? If we feel as though we have certainty, does this mean we will be less able to adapt to the unexpected when it occurs? Does this mean that we will become over-confident?

As Karl Weick says, "How do we know what we will do until we see what we’ve done?"

As with most things in life, there are pro’s and con’s, planning has these too. In this series of Conversations on the Couch, Gab & Rob talk through the ‘Perils of Planning’.

We hope you enjoy the video and as usual, we’d love to hear your feedback, ideas and experiences. 

Cheers, Gab & Rob

Rob Sams
Rob Sams
Rob is an experienced safety and people professional, having worked in a broad range of industries and work environments, including manufacturing, professional services (building and facilities maintenance), healthcare, transport, automotive, sales and marketing. He is a passionate leader who enjoys supporting people and organizations through periods of change. Rob specializes in making the challenges of risk and safety more understandable in the workplace. He uses his substantial skills and formal training in leadership, social psychology of risk and coaching to help organizations understand how to better manage people, risk and performance. Rob builds relationships and "scaffolds" people development and change so that organizations can achieve the meaningful goals they set for themselves. While Rob has specialist knowledge in systems, his passion is in making systems useable for people and organizations. In many ways, Rob is a translator; he interprets the complex language of processes, regulations and legislation into meaningful and practical tasks. Rob uses his knowledge of social psychology to help people and organizations filter the many pressures they are made anxious about by regulators and various media. He is able to bring the many complexities of systems demands down to earth to a relevant and practical level.

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