How Do You Know If You Are Leading in Risk and Safety?

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 ...… Read the rest of the article

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Has safety become an illness called fear?

Has safety become an illness called fear? Great article by one of our Brisbane Thinking Group Members, Keith McCabe. First published on LinkedInOne of the best things about sharing my thoughts about safety and risk is the feedback in all its positive and negative guises. Recent responses have made me think that the safety industry is ...… Read the rest of the article

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Another side to the story

Another side to the storyAnother awesome article by Paul Nieuwoudt,  Author of one of my favourite articles:  Zero Harm and a Peasant in 16th Century Europe. Paul puts a positive spin on an age old issue and I think this may create a good deal of healthy debate and thinking.What reaction do you have when ...… Read the rest of the article

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How Many Safety Crusaders Does It Take To Change a Light Bulb?

How Many Safety Crusaders Does It Take To Change a Light Bulb? I’m currently enjoying some banter on Rob Longs Safety Leadership Facebook Page which all started with a blown light bulb in a Coffee Shop. This is something that we do regularly at home without a second thought or need for a convoluted process. But ...… Read the rest of the article

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Risk & Safety in Outdoor Education.

Risk & Safety in Outdoor Education. Great short article by Keith McCabe – a Member of our Brisbane Thinking Group (See: What is a Thinking Group?), First published this on LinkedIn. With enough support from readers we may be able to convince him to become one of our Awesome Authors and not waste any ...… Read the rest of the article

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Talking Risk Videos–Thinking Groups

Talking Risk Videos–Thinking Groups In this next video from Gab and Rob's 'Conversations on the Couch' series, the guys talk about Thinking Groups. Rob talked about Thinking Groups in one of his blogs to give an understanding about what they are and what they are about.Here they expand on that a little more to give more ...… Read the rest of the article

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Some cultural and safety perspectives from South Africa

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 from slaves from eastern countries, descendants from indigenous ...… Read the rest of the article

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Appreciation of Appreciation

Appreciation of Appreciation Most of us probably don’t  show enough appreciation or gratitude for the things that others do for us, nor do we always properly and graciously accept and acknowledge it. As my expectations and perceptions have changed dramatically over time, I’m not going to sound like a cranky old fart ...… Read the rest of the article

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Safety Spud Heads Will Love This

Safety Spud Heads Will Love ThisA reader  just sent me this article from ZDNET – Unbelievable! Just shows the battle that the band of merry people have ahead of us against the Kings and their Sheriffs.If you don't understand people and safety then the obvious answer, of course, is to spend a fortune to update ...… Read the rest of the article

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Who is the Enemy and What War is Safety Fighting?

Who is the Enemy and What War is Safety Fighting? It is interesting after the last piece on the military as a model for safety leadership the responses that assumed that somehow the military was under attack. The idea that the military is a ‘lean, green safety machine’ was used on another blog to advocate military ...… Read the rest of the article

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Safety Career Highlight

by Dave Collins
Safety Career Highlight

Safety Career Highlight The experience I had yesterday was a very special moment in my career and life and I’m still buzzing. I had the incredible honour of speaking at the launch of the new book Following-Leading in Risk by Dr Robert Long and Craig Ashhurst. The lead up to ...… Read the rest of the article

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Question for the Safety Thinkers

by Dave Collins
Question for the Safety Thinkers

Question for the Safety ThinkersThis video of the risks people will take to save ducks was posted and compiled by Animals Australia. It has gone viral with more than 1,410, 000 shares, and 64,186,372 views. (See Proof that people are awesome) The video, which features a range of people rescuing and protecting ducks and opens on ...… Read the rest of the article

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Reflection Makes Sense

by Rob Sams
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 ...… Read the rest of the article

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Dancing Traffic Light

by Dave Collins
Dancing Traffic Light

Dancing Traffic Light A creative and effective safety idea sent in by John Wettstein from safetystrategies.ca who writes: Hi Dave; Some creative fun safety controls for risk management ... In a test which was done in Lisbon, Portugal see how the pedestrians actually wait for a green light to cross the ...… Read the rest of the article

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Military Metaphors in Safety

by Dr Rob Long
Military Metaphors in Safety

Military Metaphors in Safety Check out Rob’s new book: Following-Leading in Risk Weick (1979) tells us that organizing is ‘a consensually validated grammar for reducing equivocality by means of sensible interlocking behaviours’. Wow, what a definition and so much jammed into that definition. What it means is that humans ‘organize’ in order to ...… Read the rest of the article

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Inaugural Psychology of Risk Conference 2015

by Dave Collins
Inaugural Psychology of Risk Conference 2015

Inaugural Psychology of Risk Conference 2015Set this one in your diary, there has been nothing like this conference before. ACU, Human Dymensions and the Centre for Leadership and Learning in Risk are sponsoring the first Psychology of Risk Conference in Australia. The conference will be held at The Australian Catholic University in North Sydney on ...… Read the rest of the article

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