Managing Safety Performance News

Leadership

Anecdotes

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News Paul reflects on some of the great leaders he has met during his working career and his time teaching leaders like you. He shares some of the stories he heard or was a part of when they occurred. Paul’s cleverness was not only being a great observer but also having a great memory for details and being good at analyzing them for what he can learn.

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Hazard/Risk

How Big a Problem Is Complacency?

At the organizational level, there are plenty of examples that suggest it’s a big problem. NASA’s Challenger and Columbia disasters and industrial accidents like …

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Leadership

Invisible Work

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News Paul explores different ways to think about leadership when it comes to safety. He reflects on thinking from some of the best books on management and leadership and finishes with a most interesting view of leadership when it comes to sending people home alive and well at the end of the day.

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Execution

Undercover Boss

This month Paul’s journey into The Name of the Game Is Execution takes a new twist. With this edition, the focus is now turning to answering the question, “OK Paul, I got your point that execution is important. I get that. So, what do I do to change things? Answer me that!” Well, read this month’s Managing Safety Performance News and you’ll get the first idea.

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Leadership

Credibility Lost

This month Paul examines the credibility of leaders. How precious and useful it is, especially when it comes to sending people home safe at the end of the day. Wish I had his thoughts and advice back when I was trying to free that snake.

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Execution

Organization Power

n this month’s Managing Safety Performance News™, Paul examines Organization Power. He looks at who has the power to make a difference sending people home alive and well at the end of the day. And why power in organizations is so commonly misunderstood. I think you’ll find the lessons he draws from all of this very interesting.

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Top 10 Mistakes

Biggest Mistake Number 1

Managing safety performance– sending everyone home safe at the end of the day – is fundamentally a game of execution. No matter how good the game plan – policies, procedures and programs – when it comes to bottom line safety performance, the game is won or lost on the field.

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Top 10 Mistakes

Biggest Mistake Number 2

Read the mission, vision and values statement of just about any industrial company these days, and you’re bound to find safety prominently mentioned. Words to the effect that “The safety of our stakeholders is of critical importance to the success of our business” can be found right next to the other goals and values so important

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Top 10 Mistakes

Biggest Mistake Number 3

It’s a scene that every one in operations and those of us who have ever managed operations knows all too well.

We’ve gathered up the entire department for an important safety meeting – important because we’re rolling out a new company safety policy.

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Top 10 Mistakes

Biggest Mistake Number 4

When we were kids growing up in school, we all knew who the leaders were. They were the ones who were the best athletes, had the best personalities, and yes, were the best looking. Everybody – us included – followed them. They made leading look easy – and cool.

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Popular Topics

Popular Articles

Seeking Understanding

This month Newton Scavone, one of our senior teacher/consultants, who was born and raised in Brazil, shares his thoughts on many aspects of understanding and why it matters to sending people home alive and well at the end of the day. He shares his journey seeking understanding and explains the difference, in his terms of art, between “square feet” and “cubic feet” of understanding.

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A Little Doubt

Doubt is a feeling of uncertainty; a lack of conviction. Feel unsure, you’ll be reluctant to commit and take action. Thinking that sounds like a bad thing, but it that really true – for safety?

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Owning Safety

This month Paul steps aside so that Gary Rivenes, one of our senior teacher/consultants, can share his thoughts on the responsibility of leaders to own safety — theirs and that of those who work for them. Gary makes the case that owning safety is critical to getting great safety performance but that owning it, without acting on it, is not enough.

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A Reset

This month Paul takes a moment to hit the reset button when it comes to running effective safety meetings, and revisits the simple approach of asking the right questions to help you make the most of yours.

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Recognizing Hazards

This month Paul does a deep dive into understanding hazards — what can hurt us – and hazard recognition. Actually, that is not exactly correct, he does a deep dive into understanding the failure to recognize hazards and getting to the truth about what really happened. As long as I have known him, Paul has had a fascination of trying to understand what really happened when things go wrong. He puts the “axe of truth” to the reported findings. He has done Root Cause of Root Cause investigations analyzing the findings of reports in his organization and those in the public domains. Whatever your role in your organization, understanding what he shares this month can make a difference sending people home alive and well at the end of the day.

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Knowing And Understanding

There’s a world of difference between knowing something and understanding it. In this edition of the Flash, Paul gives some insight as to how we come to understand, as well as what might be done with that important knowledge.

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The More Things Change

This summer Paul has locked himself in his hut, affectionately known as “The Cave”, working on the Second Edition of Alive And Well At The End Of The Day. Last week Paul finished the task and has reemerged from The Cave. This month he shares some of what he was thinking about while writing. He reflects on making change happen, accountability and culture while discussing recent headlines. He’s included some insight into the writing process as well.

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Hazards, Everywhere

In this month’s edition of the Flash, Paul lends some advice on where to look for hazards and some perspective about the environment around us.

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A Safety Ambassador

This month Paul examines influence and influencers. He separates the current trend of self-proclaimed influencers from the real influencers. Especially those who make a difference in industrial organizations sending people home alive and well at the end of the day. He ends up focusing on one particular person who’s influence, even though he does not blow the whistle, has made a huge difference. You will want to know about this Safety Ambassador.

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Performance Feedback

In this month’s Newsflash Paul discusses performance feedback – good and bad – and the important role good and honest coaching plays in sending everyone home safe.

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