Is the concept of safety culture still a viable tool?

By Rosa Carrillo | July 28, 2017

Safety culture, a derivative of organizational culture, was a useful reframe to lower accidents and eliminating fatalities. Organizational culture was front and center in the curriculum when I was getting my masters in Organizational Development. I remember Dave Jamison, my organizational systems professor saying, “You can’t change an organization by changing the individual. You have to…

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Can Relationship-Centered Safety Decrease Fatalities?

By Rosa Carrillo | July 11, 2017

Can Relationship-Centered Safety decrease fatalities? My answer is yes, but with the right framework and structure. Our linear, direct, bureaucratic controls have had a positive impact in reducing workplace injuries. Fatalities, however, seem to operate at a level of complexity that requires non-linear socio-technical approaches. The digital information age has opened a floodgate to technical…

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A Guide to Safety Excellence through Organizational and Leadership Transformation

By Rosa Carrillo | July 2, 2017

Safety Leadership is both simple and complex. When observing a successful leader his or her actions appear direct and easily reproducible. Yet, trying to train or pass on these capabilities is one of the greatest challenges in organizational development. Why? Because leaders have undergone a transformational process that enables them to connect with people in…

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The Human Dimensions of Organizational Change in the Safety, Health and Environmental Movement

By Rosa Carrillo | June 11, 2017

Raising the corporate consciousness about safety, health, and environmental (SHE) performance has become a global movement. Each participating company, division, site is involved in a transformational change effort that impacts everything about the way they do business. This includes the way change is managed in the areas of systems, team dynamics, and interpersonal relationships. Leadership…

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Personal Mastery and the Art of Conversation

By Rosa Carrillo | January 23, 2017

  I am writing to you in the context of leadership conversations that create healthy relationships as well as results-driven, accident-free workplaces. If you are experiencing a stressful workplace, accidents, fatalities or other poor business results you can change your experience by taking personal responsibility for the quality of your conversations and the conditions they…

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Resolving the Management Paradox: Relationship or Control?

By Rosa Carrillo | January 7, 2017

Should I focus on relationship or control to improve safety performance? This is a continuous management paradox that leaders confront. Last year, 2016, I determined I would focus on publishing a book emphasizing the law of relationship in business—with a focus on accident prevention. I received the criticism that many people before me have emphasized the importance…

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The Eight Beliefs of Relationship Centered Safety Leadership

By Rosa Carrillo | October 22, 2016

Relationship Centered Safety Leadership is the basis of strong safety performance. Based on my experience I have identified eight beliefs that are common to leaders who successfully communicate that safety is important while meeting business results. Most of them go against the beliefs I have experienced in my work. Everything I’ve published up to this point…

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Unleash the Creative Power of Your Workforce with the Courageous Act of Inclusion

By Rosa Carrillo | July 26, 2016

Why not unleash the creative power in your workforce with the free and courageous act of inclusion? What do we have to lose? Apparently most of us feel we have quite a bit to lose because of our fear of including the wrong person or group. Can we trust that this person will cover our back?…

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Why We Won't Catch Drift and Weak Signals

By Rosa Carrillo | July 9, 2016

Drift and weak signals are the new terms being used in the efforts to prevent disasters like the Gulf of Mexico spill and the erosion of ethics and standards in cases such as the Volkswagen emissions scandal and Enron’s financial collapse that lost billions in stock shares and pensions. Many precursors preceded these failures. If we were to do a root cause analysis we would…

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Inclusion and Accountability

By Rosa Carrillo | June 29, 2016

There is no accountability in an organization where people feel they don’t matter—that they are peripheral to the important work that needs to get done. Why would anyone be motivated to take on responsibility, go beyond minimum requirements, or contribute their creativity if he or she didn’t feel they were an important part of the…

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