Safety leaders may be missing out on the most valuable source of information in their organisation.
Marc McLaren explores the power of curiosity in building capacities in leaders to shift their practices and interactions from ‘telling and directing’ to ‘learning and engagement’.
By creating an environment that permissions people to be curious about their own work, leaders are unlocking the full potential that exists at the frontline.
A conversation that still rings in my mind is one with a person who was busily pre-filling a number of hazard inspections for the day during a pre-start meeting. He proudly described how he knew exactly what to look for and more importantly what his supervisor who collected the forms expected to see. It seemed what was once intended as a good risk management practice had now become a pointless tick and flick exercise.
It started me thinking about how we can shift the focus to enabling people to take responsibility for their work environments, rather than meeting bureaucratic accountability.
Marc began his career working with not for profits and large private and public sector organisations facilitating performance improvements, focusing on strategy, people engagement and enabling leaders. Creativity and different thinking have been at the heart of building more effective leaders and teams. Marc has founded and led several successful ventures, including an incubator for small business start-ups, large national workplace psychology and organisational practice and a thriving Workplace Health and Safety consulting for high risk and complex organisations. Along the way Marc has completed a Bachelor of Social Studies, covering psychology, sociology and political science, a Masters in Occupational Health and Safety and is currently undertaking research into organisational decision making and performance. Marc is recognised as a highly-skilled safety and work practitioner, facilitator, and is the Chief Enabler at Art of Work.
We envision a future of work with a human-centred shift to the way people achieve their goals.
At the core of what makes us different is our bespoke approach. Each workplace, each team, each person is a unique solution to unpack, understand and encourage in co-designing an empowered way forward. We work collaboratively, creatively and inclusively with you to reimagine how you think about and do work.