The InterAction Collection

A conversation with Emma Burns

What would things look like on a good day?

May 16, 2021

Emma Burns & Carey Glass

Introduced by Carey Glass

Can you imagine the police saying: “We see you when things are really bad, what would things look like on a good day?” or getting this feedback “This is the first time I have ever felt you care.”

This is what is happening in parts of New Zealand through the work of Emma Burns. The demand from police constables to learn SF is there, as they attend suicidal incidents routinely.

It is nevertheless leading to interesting questions of self-definition for the Police. Is suicide prevention policing? Is their job to experience making a difference for a person? What happens if they don’t follow the “right” process and system?

In this interview, Emma talks to both the power of leadership and grass roots in ‘stop start’ organisational change.

Emma Burns
Emma Burns
InterAction Contributor

I am a psychologist with a passion for the Solution Focused approach.

Carey Glass
Carey Glass
SFiO Reviewed Practitioner
Editor of Interaction
SFIO Contributor

Carey Glass is a Management Consultant and Organisational Psychologist. Her business “Change With Ease” reflects the miracle that happens when organisation move away from problem-focused approaches. She has brought SF to all areas of corporate and public sector life in the UK, from strategy, to performance management, to occupational health and safety, to culture, coaching and complexity helping create far-reaching change with ease. She has published case studies describing the transformation that SF brings to organisational outcomes and is excited to now be bringing the benefits of SF to Australian organisations.