Am I a cook or a chef? It turns out that has nothing to do with what I wear, or whether I have a certificate, it comes down to one simple thing. And no, it's not a bad temper.
Human performance is not just focussed on humans. It is about how we try to improve ourselves at work. It's not just about health and safety.
My guest today Diane Chadwick-Jones is the former Director, Human Performance for BP. She had an extensive career in BP, working in Belgium, Brazil and Egypt in operations and safety roles. She was instrumental in the refresh of the BP Values.
Three times this week, I have come across this challenge in health and safety leaders.
Competent, intelligent, motivated health and safety leaders who want to make change.
Who hold back, are held back, from taking the next step, making the next intention a reality, for the same reason.
The words are different, but the cause is the same.
Listen in to hear how one of the thickest Scottish accents you'll ever hear is also one of the most effective communicators.
Steve Harvey is a an operations-focused Health & Safety professional who is a proud pragmatist. He is a master of work insights and operational learning, obsessed about understanding the gap between work as imagined and work as done, and he has even featured in a documentary called 'Doing Safety Differently'. And he loves having a laugh!
What does a iPad, a 2B pencil, WISYWIG, and a microphone have in common? And how is that helpful for you as a leader?
This episode is made possible by our mission of enabling better learning that improves performance in your organisation.
Today I'm chatting with Jason van Schie, organisation psychologist, founder of FlourishDX and co-host of the Psych Health and Safety podcast.
I'm not pretending that there are any reins to hand over so to speak, but the reason why you've heard so many guests on my podcast speak to this broad topic is simple. This podcast is for leaders who want to grow themselves, like you, in order to drastically improve health and safety along the way.
Psych health and safety is a professional domain most of us need to develop, obviously recognising that we aren't pretending to be psychologists. So it ticks the 'need for growth' box we have in our mission. And, as for drastic improvements in health and safety, is there any doubt in your mind that psych health and safety needs drastic improvement?
I'm glad Jason and the team are here with their podcast. Here's Jason:
This is an awesome conversation. Real stories and experiences from a frontline HSE professional who is still learning with more than a decade's worth of it under his belt. We covered a lot, I learned a lot! None of this was planned, all Tim and I talked about before recording was just to share his story. Stick around for the takeaways at the end because this minimally planned and wide ranging conversation percolated some amazingly clear insights for us all.
You know them.
(Real people, with metaphorical grenades)
The people in your organisation who have a tendency, even a reputation to disrupt.
They throw grenades because they object, challenge or undermine things publicly, in groups.
And they throw grenades at a distance from the real issues, often under-informed, not engaged in any meaningful dialogue or constructive improvement.
The purpose of introducing anything new is NOT to have it perfect first time. In fact, the results you get might not even be great, just average, nothing to write home about.
The ONE SINGLE UNIVERSAL purpose of introducing anything is to create the conditions so the right people say "yes, let's do that again".
That's how starting something once turns into real change.
Mental health is important enough to need a strategic approach, not just tactics. In this wide ranging conversation, David Burroughs and I explore his deep experience in mental health strategy.
David Burroughs is an experienced psychologist, with many years of consultancy and strategic leadership in the area of mental health and illness at work. And he spent an hour with you and I talking all about it.
I am setting a goal to enable people like you to plan and implement 1000 learning teams in organisations just like yours, and this is your invitation to be part of it.
Learning teams, as they are referred to in the context of health and safety, are both awesome and problematic.
They are awesome because those of us who plan, facilitate, teach/coach/enable learning teams or anyone who has participated in them know their value.
This episode was difficult to create. What can we take from a year like 2020? What hope do we have for 2021? It turns out that the question becomes the answer, and the silver lining appears.
What does it mean if something is True But Useless at the same time? It happens more often than you think.
This one started because I thought, wouldn't it be interesting to reflect on the most popular episodes from the past year? That could be interesting, right? The image on the thumbnail for this episode, which you can see if you visit safetyontap.com/ep165, is a graph of the podcast downloads.
Here at Safety on Tap we're starting a new learning teams implementation case study group soon, and I'm looking for five people to join. If you have been thinking about getting learning teams started in your company, then we will make that happen if you are ready to start. It's called learning teams implementation, because that's what we do - not theory, no classroom - every week over 10 weeks we enable you to implement the necessary pieces to have a successful learning team. And it's called a Case Study Group, because you do this with a group of people from a range of companies, all on the same journey, and instead of us using some irrelevant and far away case study examples, we simply enable you to become your own case study - guaranteed to implement learning teams.
In my first ever internal safety role, I was shocked to discover in my performance review that my results were tied to the injury statistics of the business units I was supporting. In 2020, the way I enable people like you to implement learning teams, comes with a 100% money back guarantee. The fine print is where we should be held accountable for change. But you know what else happens in the fine print….
There are conversations I bring you on the podcast which have a specific focus, topic or slant. There are others, which are simply conversations that I want to have, and I thought I would invite you in to listen. I love exploring my own curiosity about people, their stories and experiences and insights. This is one of those conversations, which is why this episode is called, Thinking Out Loud, with Adam Johns.
I've shared with you before some of the most impactful lessons I've learned in my life, which have come from my parents. That's from episode 119, called The #1 Question. My dad's was, 'measure twice, cut once'. An old carpenters mantra, my dad, not being a carpenter, seemed to be a great teacher because he himself was a kind of novice with tools and physical stuff.
Fellow nerds (or maybe just fellow spreadsheet aficionados), did you recognise what each of the keyboard shortcuts are in the title of this episode? Ctrl+C, and Ctrl+Alt+V+E? These seemingly innocuous actions might make the all the difference between wasted effort and effective work for you.
There is an elephant in my office. Its been there for ages, thought its only in the past few years that I've actually seen it. You have one, maybe more, where you work too. It's time to talk about it.
Regular listeners will know me for passionately spruiking and putting into practice a few key concepts.
Today you'll hear my conversation with Peter. Peter works in a pretty large organisation which have a very diverse risk profile, and some pretty high risk aspects.
AmThere is lots of talk about AI. As in, artificial intelligence. Tech is all the rage, and we are interfacing more and more directly with artificial intelligence - just think about the predictive text on your phone.
But a much older kind of AI hold huge promise for health and safety practice, if only more people knew about it. Appreciate Inquiry is the topic of discussion today, and I really enjoyed this conversation with Amanda Clements on what it is, and how it has enabled both of us to be better professionals. Amanda is a senior health and safety professional in a large road services construction and maintenance business. She's quite out of the box, as you will discover.
This is a short episode on a big P - a principle to help you improve. It's a journey, a tension, between trying to know the world, and constructing the unknowable. It will make sense, stick with me.
My guest today is the inimitable and supremely articulate Traci Carse. Traci is the Occupational Psychologist at Fire and Rescue NSW, one of the world’s largest urban fire and rescue services. Traci has significant experience in applying psychology in the workplace through the design and delivery of mental health, resilience & wellbeing assessments and interventions across a range of work settings. Traci is an Adjunct Fellow of Macquarie University, a Board Approved Supervisor, a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach, and recently held a position on the National Committee, College of Organisational Psychologists , as lead for the APS Workplace Excellence Awards.
One of the worst things to do whilst you are crossing the street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, amongst the cars and mostly motorbikes and tuk-tuks screaming past in all directions, is to stop, to stand still.
Crossing the street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. That's the analogy I used to explain what happens immediately before disruption, in my opening keynote address to the New Zealand Safeguard Conference in 2019.
So the metaphorical opposite of this is to be in motion ourselves. Not stuck, stopped, stalled or stale .
Today's guest is Kathryn McEwan an organisational psychologist, executive coach and mediator with more than 30 years consulting experience across all industry sectors. Her contribution to the profession has been recognised through the award of ‘Fellow’ by the Australian Psychological Society and the College of Organisational Psychologists. She has a special interest in workplace resilience and has authored three books on resilience at work as well as led development of the R@W Toolkit. She lectures, supervises students, is a Board member and more. And today is cutting through the BS about resilience.