“The language of ‘bloody idiot’ and ‘common sense’ is everywhere in industry and demonstrates a profound inability to understand sense making, mindfulness, perception and motivation”.
It is the aim of all companies that work in safety critical situations to manage their safety through positive behavioural safety. The aim is to have well ingrained in all employees and contractors.
I was recently privileged to witness the opening of a state of the art training centre, designed to support the oil & gas industry. The Director of Training, in response to a question about the extent to which mindsets and mindfulness was present in training, replied that it was ingrained in all the trainees.
Mindsets are about the past; mindfulness is about the present whilst change is about the future.
At a recent workshop, “Disruption in Your Sector” Jason Burrows advises us to Accept Ambguity. In order to face the uncertainty of the future it is important to be resilient. This resilience is very closely associated with mindfulness, in order that people can be aware of the present and the immediate future, whilst understanding the effects of mindsets and how they affect us is important.
The British Armed Forces has the best-trained troops in the world. One of the main reasons for this is that they train them in a realistic and holistic way. Throughout their training and during their career mindfulness is inherent.
The ultimate aim of the training is to get them to perform in highly dangerous situations, in as close to the operational environment as possible. This is done whilst allowing them to practice their individual, team and group tactics, field craft and firepower and within stringent safety rules.
It is done in a progressive way where the individual is introduced to the potentially dangerous equipment in a very controlled environment.
Gradually the individual is exposed to more complex activities such as fire with movement fire from different positions. The individual changes from shooting from a static position with targets directly in front. The trainee then progresses to the ranges where the targets appear more realistically anyway.
This culminates in dynamic live exercises on a field firing area. Here the training allows the individual’s teams and groups to practice their tactical problem solving skills in as realistic as a running as possible.
Due to the nature of the activities, the movement, different types of explosives and weapons this is inherently a very dangerous place to be.
The individual is exposed to additional munitions such as grenades, machine guns, mortars, anti-tank, and gunfire from aircraft and naval ship to shore naval gunfire support.
It is therefore critical that any of the participants in this dynamic and dangerous activity is the right mindset. It is entirely possible that in the hour preceding the field firing activity, the participant could be sat in a comfortable canteen, far removed from any dangers.
So how does the British Armed Forces prepare their troops for this kind of activity that requires a shift of mind set?
The ingrained attitude and culture that focuses on safety, detailed planning and ownership by the exercise author together with close control (without overbearing interference) of the actual activities all contribute to the successful execution of such activities. These factors combined the briefing process to the participants and supervisors are critical to the success of the operation.
This holistic operationally safety focused that facilitates such realistic training is one of a number of facts that make the British Armed Forces the best trained in the world.
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