Congratulations TasRail

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Excellence in work health and safety culture 2018 WorkSafe Award winner. Wonderful to see the team at TasRail acknowledged for their efforts. It is a pleasure partnering with them to implement the SafetyCircle Program. Watch this space as they continue to break further ground taking on the challenge in 2019. Pictured: Derek Van der Heide, Risk and Compliance Manager and Guy Barnett, MP.

Do you have a “Safety Dojo”?

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Recently I came across a simple work health and safety training concept so well delivered that I felt foolish I’d never heard or thought of it before. I was traveling in Japan studying Toyota, it’s suppliers and other companies employing Lean Production approaches; more about that in future articles. My first insight was how fully engaged and in “flow” the workforce appeared to be. They were trained and developed to not just “do your job”; but “improve your job, every day”. We heard from many work groups about their collaborative problem solving methods, efforts and successes. Two of the guided walk-throughs we did took us to a Safety Dojo. (For the uninitiated in martial arts, a “Dojo” is a place to be taught and practice the skills of a discipline – such as Karate or Aikido) Basically a safety dojo …

SafetyCircle Customer – The CEO’s View

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In this blog we present a speech by Peter Cornish, former CEO of Wengfu Australia delivered at a recent WorkSafe Tasmania WorkSafe Month forum: About Wengfu: Wengfu (pronounced Wong-Foo) Australia is a subsidiary of the Wengfu Group, a Chinese manufacturer of a wide range of phosphate-based products including phosphate fertilisers, chemicals, food and animal feed additives. Wengfu Australia imports fertilisers into Australia for use in commercial agriculture, and phosphoric acid, STPP and DCP for use in a range of industries including the food and animal feed additives industries. Here’s what Peter had to say recently about the CEO’s experience of the SafetyCircle program I first became a CEO 11 years ago. Despite having had some 12 years’ experience prior to that on senior management teams, I really was rather lost as to how as a CEO I could fulfill the …

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How to build a Positive Culture

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Having worked with hundreds of workplace leaders who are facing the challenge of shifting the culture at work, we’ve seen the need to distil our thinking. We’ve developed a “rope” analogy to express how a number of ways and means come together into a strong unified whole to create a positive workplace culture. We assert that a positive Work Health and Safety culture can be built (perhaps ‘woven’). In the lead up to our SafetyCircle Positive Cultural Leadership Intensive next week at Melbourne Zoo, we thought we’d share something we’ve found powerful in building positive workplace cultures using the unique SafetyCircle technology. We also assert that this applies to the mental health and wellbeing of the workplace as much or more than the physical health and safety. At the centre of the SafetyCircle approach are three interwoven core strands E …

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The Diamond of Performance Management

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Leaders at Zoos Victoria, TasRail and Cairns Regional Council are in action with SafetyCircle’s simple tool. The cultural transformation these leading Australian organisations were looking for included enabling leaders to performance manage their people more effectively; especially when there are breaches of Work Health and Safety policies, rules and procedures. In Human Resources departments across Australia, New Zealand and USA we keep hearing the same complaints. “The supervisors are hopeless at having the tough conversations that they need to have. They keep hand-balling them to us! And then they haven’t made any records of conversations they have had!” In too many organisations it’s the same: nag, nag, nag…then give up and why can’t we get rid of him/her! Working with Human Resources and senior leaders we had the SafetyCircle “Diamond” approved and rolled out through the 3 Day SafetyCircle Leadership …

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Inside and Outside the SafetyCircle

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SafetyCircle is all about identifying what’s “Inside and Outside” the Circle. For those who know how the SafetyCircle sessions go, this image drawn by a client Rami and Rowan from Smith Associates, looks a bit different than how we draw the distinctions of the SafetyCircle – but all the words and intent is the same and we love it – so here it is…