Entries by Robert Sams

Why we Need to Accept Pain and Suffering

Recognising that depression can be dealt with in a ‘paradoxical way’ may be why we in risk and safety struggle to understand it. A close friend has recently started as a mentor in a program that supports women who have been victims of severe domestic violence, to work their way back into society. Part of […]

Amping it up in Safety

The SARF model accepts the important role that our social arrangements have in our decision-making. This is why an understanding of social psychology is critical in our understanding of risk. In a recent blog I asked why are we afraid, and explored fear and how it may impact on our feelings, and decisions about risk. I […]

Why are we Afraid?

“…..every human brain has not one, but two systems of thought. They called them Systems One and System Two. The ancient Greeks arrived at this conception of humanity a little earlier than scientists-personified the two systems in the form of gods Dionysus and Apollo. We know them better as Feeling and Reason” Daniel Gardner – The […]

Learning is a Social Activity

As I reflect on the last three years and consider the year ahead, what I recognise as being the most valuable, in fact the single most critical facet of my learning, is that is has been done through communing with others As many would know, I’ve been on a learning journey (or ‘adventure’ as I […]

Please Don’t Try to Fix Me – I’m Not a Machine

It may be that instead of giving us a friendly world that would never challenge us and therefore never make us strong, God gave us a world that would inevitably break our hearts, and compensated for that by planting in our souls the gift of resilience.  (Kushner 2007, p.55)* My good friend Brian is a […]

The Village Effect

Being with other people can enhance our well-being and support recovery from injury and illness. There are many different approaches adopted by organisations to support people injured at work. These include consultant doctors, on-site Physiotherapy, free and confidential psychologists (EAP), ‘case-conferencing’ and specialized rehabilitation providers. All of which can be useful and helpful. Understandably, the […]

We Need Communities and They Need Us

 As Hugh McKay reminds us in his book, The Art of Belonging; We rely on communities to support and sustain us, and if those communities are to survive and proposer, we must engage with them and nurture them. That’s the beautiful symmetry of human society; we need communities and they need us. (McKay, 2014, p.1) We […]

Dolphyn Newsletter #6 – Reflecting on 2015

“Communities of Practice are groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis” Etienne Wenger Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge 2015 was an exciting time for everyone […]

I Just Don’t Know

I Just Don’t Know I was talking with a friend recently who works in risk and safety. They shared a story about how a relatively serious incident had occurred at their company and despite a very thorough and detailed examination of the events that lead up to and followed the incident, the reason(s) that it […]

Work-Life Balance – What’s The Message?

Work-Life Balance – What’s the Message? I first published this post HERE There is a lot of talk these days in organisations about ‘work-life balance’. You can attend training courses (short online courses are the best I find if you want to make major changes in your life J), participate in coaching programs and even […]