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12 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
Ep191 Being salesy, with Andrew Barrett
Let's talk about Linkedin, humanity, and being salesy. I am connected with tens of thousands of people, in some direct way. Whether that's someone who was seen me speak, been in a workshop, listened to my podcast, or connected on social media. All of those are one-degree of separation, there is a direct link between me and them, between me and you.
59 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Ep190: How to reshape your safety metrics & ditch the broken ones, with Dr Tristan Casey
Jerry Muller wrote a phenomenal book called the Tyranny of Metrics, which he opens by saying "the title is not meant to convey the message that metrics are intrinsically tyrannical, but rather that they are frequently used in ways that are dysfunctional and oppressive". And that, by friends, is a fitting way to begin this awesome dialogue about safety indicators and metrics. Let's begin.
12 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Ep189 How to improve engagement, with Andrew Barrett
"Help me get people engaged". "No one is engaged with health and safety". "Engagement around here is pretty low". Requests like this and their variations are some of the most common things people come to me for help with. Health and safety have an engagement problem, but it's not limited to that. Gallup says only 36% of workers in the US are engaged at work. And no one agrees on how we define engagement in any case. What do we do?
55 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Ep188: An org-wide case study moving to Safety II, with Kym Bancroft.
Kym Bancroft is an organisational psychologist turned health and safety executive, who was the head of Health and Safety at Urban Utilities. Urban Utilities is a water and sewage utility supplying 1.4 million people with clean water and flushing toilets in South-East Queensland in Australia. With thousands of employees and contractors, a high risk work environment and network to build, operate and maintain, Kym led the health and safety transformation at Urban Utilities between 2017 and 2021.
44 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Ep187: Go Disrupt Yourself (live from Safeguard 2019), with Andrew Barrett
This is my live keynote speech delivered at the Safeguard 2019 Conference. The theme of the conference was Dare to Disrupt. That was an idea which I respectfully disagreed with and explained why in the opening keynote when I encouraged the audience, and you, to go disrupt yourself.
42 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Ep186: If kids can, So can you: Innovation and Entrepreneurialism in Practice, with Liz Jackson, Global Capabilities Lead, Sydney Catholic Schools.
I don't think this interview needs much introduction, except to say one thing: if you are inclined to turn off because the words innovation or entrepreneurialism seem too fluffy or not relevant to you, stick with this: you'll be surprised like I was. Here's today's guest, Liz Jackson:
18 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Ep185 Props for the performance, with Andrew Barrett
I, like you, have been spending a lot of time in the same workplace for a while now, my home office. And yet despite the amount of time I spend here, it was only recently that something struck me when I saw things that had been there the whole time but hadn't recognised for what they are. My space, and probably yours, are filled with theatre props - the things which bring our professional performance to life.
54 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Ep184: Behavioural economics, nudge, sludge, and more, with Rory Gallagher, Managing Director, The Behavioural Insights Team
Rory Gallagher is the Asia Pacific Director of the Behavioural Insights Team, and a founding member of it's parent organisation within the British Government. This work as always fascinated me, ever since I read the book Nudge, based on Nobel Prize winning work by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler. Have you ever thought, 'well that person's response or behaviour or inion surprised me, because it didn't seem logical or rational?'. That curiosity is at the heart of this idea that heaps of government policy, regulation and regulatory activity, system design and economic theory is based on flawed assumptions about humans and behaviour. Sound familiar, health and safety? This is a juicy episode, I hope you squeeze lots from it, here's Rory Gallagher:
14 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Ep183: Made Visible, with Andrew Barrett
It's hard to focus on things that we can't see, that aren't visible to us. It doesn't mean they aren't there, it's just that they aren't visible to us. Having empathy for others, and appreciating that they have a perspective and experience which is 100% valid for them, can be a difficult thing to comprehend, let alone practice.
50 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Ep182: ISO standards and new views of safety: slaying different kinds of sacred cows, with Jeremy Scrivens
What's the risk when we use an ISO standard approach to health and safety? That we miss the point entirely. Decades of experience have revealed what happens when standards compliance and its activities become the goal, instead of the goals of actual health and actual safety the ISO standard was meant to enable. Oh, and by the way, we're going to blow the idea of new views of safety out of the water too. Today's partner in conversation Jeremy Scrivens sort of defies description, and definitely defies categorisation. Jeremy helps leaders and organisations enable the future of work - which he labels being an Appreciative Futurist. In the way I'm described as a reformed health and safety professional, Jeremy might be a reformed HR professional. But soooo much more.
6 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Ep181 Tried it before, didn't work. With Andrew Barrett
"Tried it before, and it didn't work" These are the words that we have all said to dismiss something out of hand, to reject a very broad or general idea or approach or suggestion . We can choose our words better, which means everyone learns more and is more informed about our experience.
42 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Ep180: Listener Reflections: Brenton Harrison on unhelpful extremes
Brenton Harrison shared some thoughts publicly about the extremes of new views and traditional views of safety. Here's Brenton sharing his thoughts with you.
16 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Ep179 What I learned after rejecting philosophy, with Andrew Barrett
Does philosophy really have a place in work health and safety? Here’s what I discovered. My earlier rejection of philosophy taught me how important philosophy actually is a conscious way of living and a competent approach to professional practice. I might be wrong, but one thing philosophy does teach us, is that it’s worth getting curious about. I certainly have become a better professional because of it.
52 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Ep178: An integral perspective on leadership, with Jo Doyle
My guest today is the ever-humble Jo Doyle. Jo comes highly recommended to me, she has been on my potential guest list for years now. With many years experience in strategic organisational change and executive coaching, Covid created the impetus for Jo to gravitate back to her sweet spot and passion of being in Service of Well-being. She creates space for others to self-reflect, grow in awareness, and tap into their innate capability for healing towards freedom.
16 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Ep177 Cook or chef? with Andrew Barrett
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.
57 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Ep176: The human performance perspective of improvement, with Diane Chadwick-Jones
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.
3 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Ep175 Perfect is the enemy of done, with Andrew Barrett
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.
48 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Ep174: The best form of risk assessment is your voice, with Steve Harvey
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! Here's Steve:
13 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Ep173: The wizard or the wand? with Andrew Barrett
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.
42 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Ep172: Psych health and safety in the spotlight, with Jason van Schie
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:
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