health and safety leadership is not command and control, it’s about climate control

“All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.”- Benjamin Franklin

The real role of health and safety leadership is not command and control, it’s about climate control.

We spend too much time telling people what to do. we are seen as overbearing and bureaucratic. When we need to be seen as working on nurturing the seeds of possibility, changing the conditions to give people a difference sense of possibility around health and safety, we need to develop a different range of expectations, provide a broader range of opportunity, give people the discretion to be innovative and creative, within a broader framework of risk management.

Why is there a dearth of safety blogs that are kept up to date with challenging information and comment?

Search for almost any subject on the net and you uncover blogs where people are keen to communicate and stimulate debate. So why is there a dearth of safety blogs that are kept up to date with challenging information and comment? Surely we have so much to contribute to society. There must be some interest as the media is always telling us stories about bonkers conkers events!
We need more health and safety blogs to help us reflect and communicate. Some may ask what’s the point, when we are bombarded with information nowadays. Well blogs enable us to express ourselves, share our views, knowledge and experience with a much wider audience than ever before. They can include insights, funny stories and anecdotes. If we want to make health and safety more interesting to a wider audience we need to embrace communication technology. I really believe that more of us should blog.

Here are a few reasons why:

- Blogging improves our communication skills. The better our communication skills the better we can sell our ideas, skills and knowledge to others.

- Blogging provides a platform for sharing what we’ve learned and know with others who may be interested in what we have to say and learn, so they can improve their approach.

- Blogging provides us with opportunities to boost our knowledge and develop our ability to learn.

- Blogging is profoundly social and links people around the world. We can learn so much from what other people in different cultures, with different legal frameworks do.

- Blogging is experiential in that it helps us to reflect on our professional practice, ideas and experiences. In the modern world, we are bombarded with tons of information we try to make sense of. Blogging helps us to shape our ideas into a coherent structure which results in better practice.

So lets see more health and safety blogs and lets see the ones that exist being more regularly updated. A healthy profession needs to embrace all opportunities to communicate, debate and engage.