Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking at the National Comcare Conference in Melbourne, talking all things safety leadership & creating a culture of safety - what a hoot.
Seriously, it was a really great conference. What always disappoints me is whilst the majority of organisations have all the right rhetoric regarding safety, statistics continue to show us that it often does not play out in great outcomes. But why?
and other delusions we like to share!Before you crucify me, as an ex-HR Leader myself (who oversaw the WHS function) I’m just being real here.
Let’s be honest, compared to other much sexier roles within organisations such as ‘data scientists’, ‘creative directors’, ‘digital disruptors’, we’re kinda at the lower end of the ‘who you wanna hang out with at the office party’ pecking order.
“What she really needs is some good old-fashioned, tough love!” This common phrase is banded around our workplaces time and time again. What does ‘tough love’ really mean & who is it tough for?
The implication of course, is that the person needs to hear some straight-shooting, constructive feedback, which might be hard for them to hear, but they will be all the better for it.
I know when one of my mentoring clients recently asked me this simple, yet profound question, I felt it straight in my heart.
In fact, it kinda hurt. When I asked myself “Who gets the best of me?” I’d love to say that without hesitation my response was “my beautiful family, who else?”. But if I am 100% honest with myself, I am not sure that’s the truth.
Before you get all PC on me - hold your horses. Introducing, Jane Cay, Founder and CEO of Birdsnest. One of Australias leading retailers.
I was fortunate to meet Jane at a recent event that I facilitated in Regional NSW (if you haven’t been to Dubbo Zoo, do yourself a favour and go visit, it’s amazing). I always say that now I’m my own boss, “I’m unemployable”. See, I kind have high expectations of the leader I would be prepared to follow. Then I met Jane.