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Why Higher Expectations Make Us Better People and Better Organizations


Why higher expectations make us better people and organizations isn’t an easy message to deliver, but you can do it if you have the courage to be yourself . I lay awake all night before an important presentation. It was material I had presented before and had been well received. […]

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We Have to Care About the Safety Numbers


Why should we care about the safety numbers? When we talk about the fallacies of tracking injuries or frequency rates, what are we saying? We have to care about the safety numbers because they tell us who has been hurt and in worst-case scenarios killed. You never know where or […]

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Trust Employees? 5 Points to Share with Those Who Doubt


  Many people are not aware that to trust or not to trust is a decision usually based on personal experiences we may not even consciously remember. They believe that external events determine whether or not a person or situation is trustworthy. However, most of the time, how we approach […]

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Is the concept of safety culture still a viable tool?


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 […]

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Can Relationship-Centered Safety Decrease Fatalities?


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 […]

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A Guide to Safety Excellence through Organizational and Leadership Transformation


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 […]

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


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 […]

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Personal Mastery and the Art of Conversation


  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 […]

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Resolving the Management Paradox: Relationship or Control?


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 […]

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The Eight Beliefs of Relationship Centered Safety Leadership


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 […]

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