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Blog 54 Improving Process Safety Culture, one nudge at a time

  Friday, March 8, 2019

  I don’t like being told that what I am doing is wrong. Even if I recognise what I am doing is wrong. In fact, especially if I recognise what I’m doing is wrong. I imagine you are probably the same. Part of the reason for this, I believe, is that we correlate this assertion with an implication that we should, in some way, change our behaviour. And that can make us feel very uncomfortable. ‘People have a strong tendency to go along with the status quo or default option’, say Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein in their book Nudge, where they cite research which shows that ‘whatever the default choices are, many people stick wit.....Read More

Blog 53 How to get more out of your Comfort Zone

  Thursday, January 17, 2019

According to Alan Henry’s 2013 Life Hacker article, one’s comfort zone is a personal psychological space where your activities and behaviours fit a routine and pattern that minimizes stress and risk. It provides a state of mental security. It is not a bad thing, per se. In fact, you benefit in obvious ways: regular happiness, low anxiety, and reduced stress. In fact, it’s where we spend most of our time. As a concept, the comfort zone goes back over a century to 1908 when Robert Yerkes and John Dodson posited that a state of relative comfort created a steady level of performance. For the same reasons, we also prefer to inhabit our Process Safe.....Read More

The Risks of Taking (or not Taking) the Road Less Travelled

  Monday, December 10, 2018

Robert Lee Frost was an American poet who lived in the 19th and 20th centuries. Known for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech, Frost frequently wrote about settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. In this vein, one of his most celebrated poems, The Road Not Taken, written in 1915, includes in it’s last verse the lines: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference. Breaking news - the cost of taking the road less travelled has tumbled! No this isn.....Read More