The IOSH 2016 Annual Conference is fast approaching and we’re more than a little excited to be presenting there for the first time. We’re especially pleased because this year, in a break with the usual open Call for Papers, the Conference Working Party chose only to invite a selection of people to submit articles.
What is it that attracted the Working Party to our paper? Well, we’ll be talking about how important we think it is for safety people to complement their technical capability with the ability to collaborate. We’ll be focusing particularly on the importance of coaching skills which under-pin a collaborative approach and which are significant in terms of the ‘Engagement and influence’ category of the IOSH Competency Framework.
The very best OSH practitioners coach. They use highly-developed questioning and listening skills to help their colleagues find their own best solutions to safety problems, whilst still ensuring that legal and other minimum standards are met. And they’re able to make a difference even when they have no relevant technical knowledge.
We’ve long believed that coaching skills are vitally important for the future direction of the safety profession, so it’s no surprise to us that our ‘Be the best you can be’ presentation has been scheduled onto Track D: Positioning for the future.
We’d love you to come and see us on Day One, 21st June at 1440 hours.
In the meantime, please take a look at Michael’s interview in the IOSH Magazine May 2016 here