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The Chandelier Principle

I’ve had a great week – 3 days running a train the trainer with Humberside Fire Service and their offshoot HFR Solutions. Our new partnership will help to spread the Human Factors message across Emergency Services and Industry in the Humberside region and beyond. Great team there with imagination and vision, coupled with the energy and intelligence to make a real difference.

Yesterday, December 5 Atrainability exhibited and ran a MasterClass in changing healthcare safety culture.

Today I am off to meet Air France and discuss SportsTec high quality video recording and playback software. British Airways have just bought this for installation in their simulators. It is without question the most fantastic training aid.

In the MasterClass I referred to teams as being the light-bulbs that have to want to change in order to improve safety behaviour.

I just woke early with my own light-bulb moment.

A successful organisation is like a chandelier with long life bulbs. They require less energy, they cost more to begin with, but they last longer. They shine out like a beacon and bring light around them. They work.

A less successful organisation is like a chandelier with many bulbs out. They run old fashioned incandescent bulbs. They fail frequently and the overall effect is dim. They don’t shed much light.

Training is not cheap – up front. But it makes a lasting change. It brings long term excellence that sustains. Successful organisations, be they NHS Trusts or commercial organisations recognise this.

Nothing is so powerful a training aid as watching your own performance and hearing your own words. It helps the light-bulb want to change.

Atrainability can help to spread that light.

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Comments 3

Guest - Mike Fealey on Friday, 06 December 2013 09:31

Great blog Trevor, I the chandelier analogy.

Great blog Trevor, I the chandelier analogy.
Guest - flip seal on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 08:16

like it.....I guess that the training and embedded human-factors in an organisation's culture would equate to the long-life bulbs taking a bit longer to get going but when they do they do, they just keep on going - meaning they make much more economic sense.

like it.....I guess that the training and embedded human-factors in an organisation's culture would equate to the long-life bulbs taking a bit longer to get going but when they do they do, they just keep on going - meaning they make much more economic sense.
Guest - Brian Davison (website) on Thursday, 12 December 2013 15:58

Excellent Trevor - this the antithesis to the apochryphal " Toc-H lamp" perhaps ?! The best teaching uses clear and bright analogies, just as you have done.

I hope we can meet again sometime despite your busy schedule !! All the best , Brian.

Excellent Trevor - this the antithesis to the apochryphal " Toc-H lamp" perhaps ?! The best teaching uses clear and bright analogies, just as you have done. I hope we can meet again sometime despite your busy schedule !! All the best , Brian.
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