Combine your inner wisdom, gut instinct and mental intelligence for effective decision making. We make up to 10,000 decisions every day – some of them momentous many of them trivial. 220 are about tea and coffee – caffeinated or decaf, grande or regular. It does not matter (too much) if you get your coffee wrong..
Arcadia Alive were delighted to receive an invitation to present at the RSSB Risk Management Forum 2014, which took place on Wednesday 11th June. Our MD, Richard Madders spoke about operational decision making, looking specifically at the reasons why managers can fall into the trap of making bad decisions. He explored the common errors in..
Love or hate football, the World Cup is everywhere just now – and there are a few things it can teach us about how Non-Technical Skills are crucial to getting the best out of ourselves: Anger management Emotions naturally run high during any competition, but surely never more so than in a World Cup scenario…
What David Cameron did to end Gove and May’s public fight – an exercise in how to manage workplace conflict
This week’s high profile spate between Michael Gove, Education Secretary and Theresa May, Home Secretary, regarding the issue of how to tackle religious extremism in schools has been a learning in how to manage conflict. Their boss, David Cameron, has acted in text-book ways to effectively manage the damaging conflict between his direct reports which..
The trains that were too wide – a £40mn mistake (and counting) demonstrating why procedures are ranked as one of the top Human Factors issues.
The French train operator SNCF has discovered that 2,000 new trains it ordered at a cost of 15bn euros (£12.1bn) are too wide for many regional platforms. The BBC’s Christian Fraser in Paris says that it is an embarrassing blunder that has so far cost the rail operator over 50m euros (£40.6m). Our correspondent says..
After just 10 months in the job, David Moyes has been sacked from the Manchester United manager role. The run of events leading to his dismissal give us a great insight into how a manager can make or break a team. Here are six mistakes Moyes made which contributed to the team’s deteriorating performance and..
Why should the growing obesity crisis worry us as safety professionals? Does it really have any impact on our employees’ safety behaviours and performance? The answer is a resounding Yes. Research is increasingly revealing the impaired cognitive functioning of obese individuals – memory, learning, executive functioning (such as decision making) and response accuracy and speed..
Schumacher’s accident shocked the world when he suffered a serious head trauma at the end of December while skiing in the exclusive French resort of Meribel. He remains in a medically induced coma. The 45-year-old German was skiing off-piste with his teenage son when he fell and hit his head on a rock. Shumacher’s accident..
It’s easy to spot those in your team who have management potential They may be a great communicator who is able to collaborate and get people on board with ease; they may seamlessly organise, prioritise and delegate smoothly; or they may have a great strategic mind that can deal with big concepts as well as..
Track worker safety dangerously compromised by lax personal safety and management by computer outputs.
We read with interest the article by Colin Wheeler in this month’s Rail Staff magazine. He wrote passionately of the safety problems and sometimes fatal incidents resulting from what he sees as the rail industry’s “Top down, command and control management”, the proliferation of ‘safety bean counters and databases’ and the absence of HRMI spot..