Sep 23

The Hallmark of a Well-led Organization: How Well it Responds to Incidents and “Failures”

"Scholars and experts have said for decades that virtually all incidents are not caused by errors and human behavior, yet most managers still believe it and most organizations still operate that way. Investigations proceed that way. Even enlightened investigations invite managers to go beyond worker behavior as the cause and look for other 'causes' such as supervisor accountability. This [...]

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Aug 21

Safety Leadership: “What If…”

“What if we spent a lot less on measuring and parsing injuries and incidents and put that investment into building robust capability and response?” Note: This is Part XI in a series of posts entitled "Evolving Beyond Behaviourism." To read Part X,

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Jul 15

Safety Leadership (Not Behaviour-Based Safety) is the Pathway to Change Worker Behaviour

"What if people in your organization became the engine of learning for your company, not the engine of productivity? What if the extraordinary leadership historically focused on driving the goals of production were now turned to transformational leadership beginning with safety?" (Yellow ribbons memorialize victims of the Sewol ferry tragedy in Seoul, South Korea; photo courtesy Shutterstock)< [...]

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Jul 08

Safety Moment: Fatalities in the Bakken Oil Fields—Are We Asking the Right Questions?

“And now that the price of crude has collapsed, many in the Bakken fear that the pressure to put speed before safety will only increase.” – PBS Newshour Recently, PBS Newshour featured a piece exploring the 74 fatalities suffered in the Bakken oil fields since the boom there in 2006. The story specifically focuses on the fate of 21 [...]

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Jun 18

Australia and Korea: the Drive for Production Could Continue to Produce Tragic Consequences

In the next month, Mike Goddu will be speaking to audiences in Perth, Australia and Seoul, Korea on Leading Safety Differently. Here he explores these two different cultures, and how there is a similar need and opportunity for Safety Leadership. In 2013, ten people were killed in the mining industry in Australia. 2014 saw an uptick in fatal accidents not [...]

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