Innovation, Resilience, and Relationship: Interdependent and Inseparable

By Rosa Carrillo | May 25, 2016

Innovation and Resilience Are Supported by Relationship Why are innovation, resilience, and relationship interdependent and inseparable? Innovation requires risk, and if you take risks then you need resilience because there will be failure at some point. Resilience is the ability and will to learn from your mistakes, to try again. To have resilience you need relationship–a…

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Drift and Weak Signals: Early warnings of pending failure

By Rosa Carrillo | May 6, 2016

Drift and weak signals are first precursors to failure. People are our best asset to detect them so I’m going to continue making the case to consciously invest in creating the conditions for people to speak up. It doesn’t happen by itself because people don’t usually voice disagreement when everyone else seems to agree with what is happening. That’s why…

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Your Beliefs about People Can Inspire or Suppress Safety Excellence

By Rosa Carrillo | May 1, 2016

What are your beliefs about people and safety excellence? I have been writing about the influence of relationship on safety performance. Relationships are the foundation of sustainable success in every organization. As individuals we cannot survive without them, neither can our companies. The importance we place on relationships and our willingness to invest in them…

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What Motivates People to Stop an Unsafe Action?

By Rosa Carrillo | April 9, 2016

What motivates people to stop an unsafe action? Power and politics run organizations. It is all about who is in and who is out. When employees feel included, they contribute. When they feel excluded, they withdraw. Everyone wants employees who are willing to stop an unsafe action and take responsibility for safety but no one wants…

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Why Relationships Matter in Safety Performance

By Rosa Carrillo | October 25, 2015

Why Relationships Matter in Safety Performance by Rosa Antonia Carrillo, MSOD October 24, 2015 About 20 years ago I had a profound experience that changed the way I approach my work in safety. Prior to this I very much believed that if you can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist and that 90% of accidents are…

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Redesigning the Safety Function for the Year 2000

By Rosa Carrillo | July 17, 2015

Redesigning the Safety Function for the Year 2000, a 1995 article by Rosa Carrillo has been quoted as a seminal article for the application of systems thinking to safety as well as an in depth explanation of safety culture. Redesigning Safety presents an open systems model for redesigning the safety, health and environment (SH&E) function of companies.…

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Safety Conversations: Catching Drift and Weak Signals

By Rosa Carrillo | January 20, 2015

Relationships are the foundation of high performance organizations. Meaningful safety conversations are the medium to build the trust and respect needed to develop those relationships. My latest publication co-authored with Neil Samuels looks at the cultural and social barriers that prevent us from having these important conversations. You may download it at “Drift” and “weak…

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Humble Inquiry Workshop

By Rosa Carrillo | May 22, 2014

Rosa Carrillo and Ed Schein delivered a workshop on Humble Inquiry to Coaches and OD professionals on May 20, 2014 in Phoenix Arizona. Hosted by the AZODN, Dr. Schein attended virtually while Rosa Facilitated and added her experience. The subject was Applications of Humble Inquiry to the Coaching Process. Humble Inquiry Humble Inquiry is the…

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Defining Relationship Based Safety

By Rosa Carrillo | February 17, 2014

Defining relationship based safety is important to gaining its acceptance. Basically it is the path to improving collaboration and coordination between individuals and across functions through the establishment of shared goals, trust and mutual respect. Too often supervisors react to the idea of building relationships as a “fluffy” activity that takes away from the real…

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Women in safety Leadership–an under used resource

By Rosa Carrillo | February 8, 2014

Our course on Women in Safety Leadership will focus on the strengths that women bring to safety leadership. Women in the safety profession see themselves as leaders. Carrillo & Associates launched a survey to determine if  women saw themselves as leaders. The answer was YES! We all know how important employee engagement is to safety…

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