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


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 […]

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Why We Won’t Catch Drift and Weak Signals


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 […]

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Inclusion and Accountability


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 […]

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