- February 7, 2019
- Posted by: Sage Shield Safety Consultants
- Category: Overseas Occupational Health And Safety News
The other day I was fortunate to come throughout a quote by Sir Ken Robinson. “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never ever create anything initial “. Even much better, there was a link to his talk Ken Robinson states schools eliminate creativity. His contention is that creativity is now as essential in education of kids as literacy which it must be treated with the same status. Listening to his talk I was struck by how many parallels there were to the organisational method to safety. How lots of similarities there are in between the education system and how organisations are run.
Among the things that Ken points out is that “It’s education that’s suggested to take us into this future that we can’t grasp.” In Daniel Hummerdal’s post Darwinian Security he talks about how organisations become inflexible, living in the past and the need to permit variation. Organisations try to forecast how work will be done and utilize this as the basis for their systems, standards, treatments, lists, rules, documentation and more documents. Sometimes, the method individuals are taught and told to do the task is not the way it goes. Things vary. They do not have the tools, devices breaks down, a shipment is late, somebody contacts sick, and so on. They adjust to get the job done, no longer following the treatment to the letter. Even worse still, something takes place that is entirely out of left field.There is no procedure to follow and it wasn’t covered in training. The concern becomes– how can we prepare people for the unidentified?
Ken likewise speaks about how, as kids become grownups, they become scared of being incorrect. In the national education system, errors are the worst thing that you can make. He explains that companies are run like the education system, they stigmatize mistakes. There are two concerns with demonising mistakes. The very first is that individuals will hide them. When something goes incorrect rather of discussing it, the error is swept under the carpet and overlooked. As a result any knowing that might have been gotten from talking about and analysing the error is lost. The 2nd issue is that people will attempt to prevent slipping up in the very first location. This is a sure method to kill imagination. If people aren’t given the area to try different things and supported when things fail then there will be no development. And what is an error anyway? Wasn’t penicillin found when Alexander Flemming discovered mould growing in a Petri meal that he had mistakenly exposed?
Ken explains that the education system is asserted on the idea of academic ability. The system was invented to satisfy the needs of industrialism and so the hierarchy of topics was based on the most beneficial topics for work being at the top. In my viewpoint the exact same can be stated for organisations. Systems and training programs are based upon an idea that there is a proper method of doing things. When individuals do not follow the rules or appear unable to fit in with the security culture they are at best, re-educated, at worst, dismissed. Rather of catering for a variety of thinking, styles and approaches organisations remain closed minded. Thus they also stay closed to new methods and originalities.
It is fascinating to think that safety is not the only profession that is aiming to do things in a different way. If you have an interest in learning more about Sir Ken Robinson’s observations of the education system examine out the video below.