January 1, 2018


The Danger Zone

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News Paul starts the New Year by examining the challenges of leadership and looking at how complacency plays into the goal of sending everyone home, at the end of each and every shift, alive and well.

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Looking for Hazards?

In this months Flash, Paul shares some observations about recognizing hazards by simply sharing a photo he took. Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.

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Tough Safety Challenges

This month Paul discusses what happened in his old company every time it looked like safety performance was declining and introduces the term “political water.” He then dives into the toughest challenges as reported by one industry and compares and contrasts that to what we have heard over the last twenty-two years across a wide range of industries around the world. It leads to a discussion of the root of all challenges and management’s first duties. He shares some very important lessons.

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About Training

This month Paul talks about the importance of training, more importantly of knowledge, in sending people home alive and well at the end of the day. He discusses how good leaders doing Managing by Walk Around can make a difference when they show up at a class. There are some very important points he makes that make this probably the most important News he has written.

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Good Work

In this month’s Flash we take a look at what doing work well really means, and why understanding the definition is so important to sending everyone home Alive and Well.

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The Check Step

This month Paul starts by examining Deming’s Plan/Do/Check/Adjust cycle and supplements the discussion with lessons from Drucker and Fayol. Paul uses the lessons as a starting point for a deep dive into the Check step as it relates to sending people home alive and well at the end of the day.

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The “Accident Book”

In this month’s Flash, we take a moment to appreciate the difficulty of the work done “on the farm”, and the importance of ensuring that every job ends in a way where no one could have gotten hurt.

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The Beacon That Lights The Way

This month’s News is authored by one of our senior consultants and teachers: Dr. Edward Aronson. Eddie, as we know him around here, is a former manufacturing executive, whose focus as a management consultant is on what I’d describe as leading from within. Or, as Eddie puts it, “Standing up for what you believe in.”

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This month Gary Rivenes shares a personal story about the perception of choice, and the importance of making the right choices when it comes to safety.

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A Huge Misunderstanding

This month Paul discusses two tools of leadership – Leading by Example and organization power. He makes the point that by the time anyone is promoted into a position of leadership they know about the important leadership practice of Leading by Example and while it may seem simple “there’s more to it than first meets the eye” and not always easy to do. Leading by Example is easier to understand than organization power and this month Paul does a deep dive into organization power and how not understanding it can lead to huge problems and catastrophic outcomes. He examines a case where the misunderstanding was deadly.

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