Toward a Practice of Mindfulness

Part of the Food Microbiology and Food Safety book series (FMFS)

There's more than a grain of truth to the saying that when all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. —(Weick & Sutcliffe, 2007, p. 90)

Bazerman and Watkins (2004) characterize risk management with the apparent oxymoron of “predictable surprises” (p. 1). In other words, risk situations are fraught with potential harm, yet the inherent uncertainty of risk means we can never know when or if a problem will erupt. A mindfulapproach to risk management accounts for both the looming threat and intrinsic uncertainty present in all risk situations. By contrast, the “rigid reliance on old categories”. results in routine or mindless reactions that are insensitive to emerging risks (Langer, 1989a, p. 63). Pragmatically, a mindful approach requires that risk managers sustain a “high level of sensitivity to errors, unexpected events, and—more generally—to subtle cues suggested by the organization's environment or its own processes” (Levinthal & Rerup, 2006, p. 503). This...


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