Paul's presentation of his experiences was very moving, and inspirational. I believe him being here to talk through and being able to ask questions first hand was great.
Just by looking around we can actually draw inspiration, in how to improve the culture we live and work in.
This time the humble snail can help us in the next step to a better culture. So why the snail? Well, it goes back a few weeks while reading the Telegraph and one of Michael Deacons articles and he was saying about have you noticed that when the heavens open the humble snail comes out and is then crushed under foot or wheel because the desire to be out in the rain is too much! They seem to be the only creature to go against Darwin law of evolution and evolve.
Well isn’t that a bit like some work colleagues we have worked with or still do. No matter how the rest of us learn and move forward to an improved culture. Somewhere in a dark corner a person will emerge and do what they have always done because it works and it doesn’t need improving because that’s how it is and always will be!
What they don’t see is that giant foot hoovering over head as they do it their way. Now they will in all probability get away with it and never get crushed by that giant foot. Yes, they have the near miss, but hay that’s life these things happen. They accept that accidents happen and we just need to move on.
They think that the shell on their back will protect them cos they are a man. They know what they are doing. They even argue that we have gone too far the other way and the modern human doesn’t like risks.
The trouble with being a safety professional we need to get that right balance of getting the snail to evolve, but also to encourage that culture to push the boundaries in a controlled manner, but how do we evolve without risk?
My speech is evolving all the time because I pick up on things said or wrote and think that play with that and the only thing if I know if it will work is to test it on my next audience. It’s a bit like the new facilitation course that I believe will help improve cultures, as it will explore a new way of getting the answers that are out there, but are kept under wraps because the person thinks no one wants to know or listen.
My coach and mentor Dan Terry is in the same situation with his coaching and leading course. It’s new for a start because the whole idea of the course is to draw out the leadership style you display and bring the coach out to. While your on the course it’s challenges you mentally and physically. The whole idea is for the course to challenge the delegate because how do we evolve and grow, if we are not challenged?
Health and safety is not about wrapping people up in cotton wool. Health and safety should be about managing the hazards and getting people to evolve and grow to recognise the hazards around them and encourage ownership of their workplaces.