Posts by Jeff Burns

  • Jeff Burns

    by Jeff Burns

    26th Jul 2018

    Re-energise Your Team

    A number of clients have recently been bringing us in to help energise their team after a challenging few years in the Aberdeen marketplace.

    Here are some of our thoughts on energising your team.

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  • Jeff Burns

    by Jeff Burns

    12th Feb 2018

    It'll Be Allright on the Night - Fighting Nerves

    People often ask us “Do you still get nervous before a show?”

    We have performed thousands of times in many different countries. Each event, venue and audience is different, so it’s an interesting question and one that we think about quite a bit.

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  • Jeff Burns

    by Jeff Burns

    17th Jan 2018

    Inspiring People

    Are your safety events inspiring people? The dictionary definition of ‘inspire’ is to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something. And yet a common feeling during safety meetings is the desire to be out of the meeting! Read on to find out how to inspire your safety audience.

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  • Jeff Burns

    by Jeff Burns

    18th Dec 2017

    Safety Leadership – People, Process and Practice or The Cynics Guide.

    Libraries could be filled with books written about Leadership. My humble offering is simple; leadership is a behaviour not a position, nor just a topic for discussion or the subject of an away day. Sure, these things can help promote leadership but at the end of the (away) day it comes back to leaders behaving as leaders.

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  • Jeff Burns

    by Jeff Burns

    28th Aug 2017

    Out of the Mouths of Babes

    Safety leadership from a 4 year old – TWICE IN 30 MINUTES!!!

    Read how my nephew put his pocket money where his mouth is and had the courage to intervene to help keep me and a complete stranger safe.

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  • Jeff Burns

    by Jeff Burns

    8th Aug 2017

    Beach Intervention - taking safety out of work.

    I am not the safety police and I don’t spend my life spoiling people’s fun. I hate preaching at people. It is difficult and awkward when we have safety conversations with people that we don’t know or are not in relationship with, yet because we care about people, we should never feel the pressure to shut up, ignore what we have seen and just walk away.

    Read on to find out how I intervened to take family out of danger.

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  • Jeff Burns

    by Jeff Burns

    2nd Jun 2017

    Britain’s Got Talent but Fifth Dimension gave them 4 X’s

    We often get asked why we aren’t on Britain’s Got Talent and the answer is that we could have been but have actually turned them down – not once but 4 times. Find out why.

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  • Jeff Burns

    by Jeff Burns

    1st Mar 2017

    It’s good to talk

    In 1989 BT introduced ‘Beattie” to the UK public using the talented comedienne Maureen Lipman. The catch phrase for her matriarchal character was ‘It’s good to talk’.

    This approach remains a key tool that leaders can use to assess whether their safety culture is improving or not. Go out to where your people are working and ask them, talk with them. And if you genuinely care about what they think, they will tell you!

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  • Jeff Burns

    by Jeff Burns

    7th Feb 2017

    Safety - “Within 15 seconds you had everyone’s attention!”

    This was a comment from an engineering site worker who experienced our magically enhanced safety presentation recently. It made me reflect though on how important it is to engage everyone as early as possible.

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  • Jeff Burns

    by Jeff Burns

    30th Nov 2016

    When safety becomes BORING!

    We have attended thousands of safety meetings where the body language of the people coming in clearly indicates they don’t want to be there and that they have more important things to be doing. But it doesn’t have to be like that.

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