Battle for the Soul of Process Safety: How to Align the Brain and the Organization to Improve PS Outcomes
- Type: Conference Presentation
- Conference Type: AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
- Presentation Date: March 27, 2017
- Duration: 30 minutes
- Skill Level: Intermediate
- PDHs: 0.50
It will argue that, as the most complex organism in the known universe, the Brain is very energy hungry and has thus evolved to be extremely efficient. It drives relentlessly from conscious incompetence (very energy sapping) towards unconscious competence. However, the Organization would be better served by a group of consciously competent Brains, avoiding the perils of complacency and a tendency to violation.
Furthermore, Brains strive to maintain the status quo, which is the low fuel consumption option, while Organizations must constantly improve, feeding back the experience it gains, or risk begin overtaken.
So what to do. The paper will suggest that while Organization culture is very hard to rapidly change, modifying mindset is more effective. Moving from a fixed mindset which is reinforced by success praise, to a growth mindset, which is underpinned by effort praise. Organizations can also look for better ways to incentivize the Brain to engage with the hassle of change in order to generate safer working habits.
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