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25 May 2015

In the Coaches Corner – with Daniel McGinley

Daniel McGinley is one of BTB’s more recent People & Performance Coaches however, as with all our Coaches, he comes with a wealth of experience. This week we hear from him and what makes him tick… Read More >>

11 May 2015

What is a Habit – and why are they Useful?

All of us have habits. Some of them have just developed without a conscious effort, some we have developed ourselves more consciously. Some people have many good habits, some have many bad ones. And many/most of us, have probably a mixed balance of each. In a hazardous work environment, it is vitally important that positive behaviours become habit to ensure a safe working culture is achieved. Read More >>

27 April 2015

In the Coaches Corner - David Cunningham

Safety Coaching by BTB Coaches take on many forms. Each coach has their own skillset, experience, and strengths that dictates their approach and style. This week, the first in our “in the Coaches Corner” series, we have the input from BTB’s Head Coaching & Rig Support, Dave Cunningham to see the what, how, and why he influences positive work behaviours with offshore drill teams. Read More >>

13 April 2015

Factors that Influence Risk Tolerance

In the world of Safety, and especially the behavioural side, Risk Tolerance is an increasing factor Safety Leaders are focussing on to help understand the teams they support and develop strategies to keep them safe day in, day out. Most of the time we’d like to hope that it’s mainly in pursuit of continual improvement but, let’s face it, sometimes it can be a case of protecting teams and individuals from themselves. Read More >>

23 February 2015

The Importance of Marketing Safety

It is not uncommon in the oil and gas industry, especially in the field, to hear stories of companies over promising and under delivering when talking to the crews about safety. Once a perception has developed that information fed into systems is/has been discarded by management (from sources such as Stop Cards, Start Cards, Active Card system etc.), participation in these highly valuable tools tend to wane. Read More >>

27 January 2014

Behaviours Mentally Strong People Avoid

Many of us work in challenging environments. These challenges can come from the physical environment itself, technical and operational aspects, and, of course, those from our interactions with others. It takes a certain mental strength, or “grit”, to thrive and lead amongst these challenges – or at least to be someone who can get the job done whilst maintaining a positive example for those around us. Read More >>

9 December 2013

Can an apology, even when you're not responsible, have positive effects?

There are some people who will go to great lengths to avoid taking responsibility for something that has not worked out the way it was supposed to, whilst there are some who will apologise instantly, even if they weren’t wholly responsible, to minimise any friction. Read More >>

28 October 2013

Why our IQ's are Getting Higher (TED)

This week we revisit the psychological candy store that is “TED” with a presentation from “moral philosopher” James Flynn. He discusses why the average IQ has significantly increased over the past 100 years because, although technology has increased exponentially, we have also developed new habits of mind. Fortunately, most has been positive although we have come up short on one or two areas. Read More >>

14 October 2013

Ten Ways to a Happier Life

We all want to lead a happy life. Some philosophical articles will argue that this is not sustainable and one must aim for contentment as opposed to happiness – but for the purposes of this blog, we will keep it simple and go with “happiness”. Read More >>

30 September 2013

Are Men or Women Better at Gauging Risk?

Another website journal followed by some of the Beyond the Break (BTB) team is the “Scientific American”. It covers a broad spectrum of scientific research and, as you might suspect, there is always the occasional behavioural related article that is of interest. A recent article looked at risk and how males and females differ on their strategies for assessing it. Read More >>