Give a man a fish… Mindful coaching to improve your Safety Culture

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“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him to fish and you feed him for life”. A famous saying that suggests that we help people to find their own way rather than provide them with all the answers. One way of doing this is through coaching, of which there are numerous models to choose from. All involve asking questions to help the person move from…

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Motivation can be simple… Kevin’s Broom Theory of Motivation

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We should all know Victor H Vroom’s model of motivation – It’s a great multiplication model so if any answer is zero to any part, the motivation will be zero. It discusses the What, How and Why and understanding what the outcome might be. I have a simpler model, which is a different approach, pretty effective and probably only takes a couple of minutes of any ‘leaders’ time … I…

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Can you have too much of a good thing?

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Most would say yes to some things, but assuming safety is a good thing does it apply there? Well let’s put it another way – Might your organisation be obsessed with Safety? There are any number of studies to show an inverse correlation between the maturity of an organisation’s safety culture and incident rates.  However that correlation is far from a straight line relationship, it tends to be more of a…

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As a leader, your ‘Vision’ must be compelling

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I’ve just been sitting with an eclectic mix of ‘leaders’ at a session for my level 7 Strategic Leadership Certificate with Nigel Girling, (Engage for Success Task Force) and one of the discussions we had was around vision. The discussions we had with resonated with me having been in small entrepreneurial organisations, through SME’s and major corporates where I’ve tried to figure out what a vision really is and how Leaders…

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Where, when or why do we stop caring?

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Do we ever sit watching our family and friends, the people that can mean so much to us? Maybe they are even the very reason we get up each day before heading out into the world to earn enough for the rent or the pleasures of life?  What if they worked with their loved ones; the ones they care so much for; the ones for which they would sacrifice anything. …

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Social Inclusion and Sustainability

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Many people are now realising that engagement is one of the key constructs to all things great in an organisation including improving safety, quality, productivity, wellbeing  and sustainability, to mention a few. From neuroscience research we understand that engagement, or lack of, is critical in determining whether we feel we are part of an ‘In group’ or ‘Out group’. The impact of either has dramatic consequences for people and the…

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Can you teach good behaviour?

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Well, there’s an awful lot of time, effort and money spent trying to do that so I suppose technically the answer is “Yes”. However, given the number of non-compliances picked up in audits, never mind the shortcuts that go undetected, the better question might be “Can you teach good behaviour effectively?” I’d say the answer to that is a resounding NO. To justify that I’d like to refer back to…

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How Important is Trust in Leadership?

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There’s a lot of talk about improving safety cultures, and organisational cultures in general, by ‘empowering’ staff. After all, they are at the front line, they know what’s working and what isn’t, what would work and how to be safer, if only they could do something about it. “Empower them” … sounds great but what does this really mean? In reality it means different things to different people, be the…

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