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February 27, 2019

To be an Effective Safety Leader, Try Emptying Your Cup

A few years ago, my organization hired a leader with great industry experience. Tom (not his real name) was bright, professional, and had great insight into some of our most important operational challenges. During the early onboarding process, several of us noticed Tom’s frequent “been there, done that” responses and we began to get concerned.
February 20, 2019

Safety Leadership isn’t what you know; it’s what you make happen.

Too many managers, especially those working in safety complain of being trapped in meeting rooms or behind a desk. When faced with real-world concerns, they communicate policy, statistics and too often, “corporate-speak”, but don’t provide on-the-ground leadership to make change happen.
February 12, 2019

Safety: Where Do We Go From Here

It’s been quite a week. If you’re like I am, you have re-committed yourself to “no one getting hurt on your watch.” So, the big question is, “How do we sustain this feeling of shared ownership and commitment for safety performance?”
February 7, 2019

In any successful organization leaders need to manage 3 energies

One of my most useful ‘learnings’ of late comes from the book, Reinventing Organization (2104) by Fred LaLoux. The learning is this: to be an effective leader in a successful organization, you must pay attention to 3 energy fields.
January 8, 2019

‘Just part of the job’ vs ‘specialists’

What is considered ‘just part of the job’ and what is considered the work of specialists? This is an issue we hear our clients wrestling with over and over again, including how to operate powerfully in this arena. There are many areas that fit this problem and we are going to look at a one which shows up consistently in Construction – housekeeping.
December 21, 2018
Could This End Wars?

Could This End Wars?

When I was first exposed to the concepts behind our methodology here at JMJ, I thought to myself, “Wow, I think, maybe, this kind of approach could end wars.”
December 18, 2018
Distractions: Our Biggest Obstacle

Distractions: Our Biggest Obstacle

On the golf course yesterday, I gave some thought to what may be the single biggest obstacle with our work at JMJ, and even more so for our clients taking on our work.
December 14, 2018
The Three Questions to Ask for Breakthrough Performance

The Three Questions to Ask for Breakthrough Performance

When the results we’ve always gotten equal mediocre performance, what should we do? It’s said that Einstein remarked, “Doing the same thing again and again expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.” Repeating what we have always done will doubtless get us the results we have always gotten.
December 12, 2018
The Three Dimensional Chess of Organizational Performance

The Three Dimensional Chess of Organizational Performance

Often, getting an organization to that next level–the one where you’re not just meeting goals, but surpassing them and moving into almost unimaginable territory–can be tricky. It’s not always obvious how to move beyond business as usual, particularly when business as usual has gotten strong results up to this point.
December 7, 2018
Want Better Teams, An Expanded World View, and a Higher Sense of Well-Being? Coach.

Want Better Teams, An Expanded World View, and a Higher Sense of Well-Being, Coach.

Here at JMJ, we often talk about the benefits of coaching to the individual, teams and the organisation. Usually, though, little or no consideration is given to what a Coach/Mentor gains from Coaching or Mentoring.