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May 9, 2019

Managing the Unexpected

All accidents are preventable, only if they were predicted to happen. You can’t intervene or manage a situation unless you had the foresight it was coming.
May 8, 2019

6 Questions to Manage the Unthinkable

On March 24th, a luxury cruise ship carrying 1,400 passengers and crew arrived back into port in Tromso, Norway. It had returned from the brink of an unthinkable disaster. All four engines failed amidst high winds and rough seas. The ship floundered and was dangerously close of running aground.
May 8, 2019

What’s Your Relationship to Driving?

After a long day at work, the journey home begins. We get into the sanctitude of our motor vehicle and start the welcomed drive home. Safe, cocooned in the world where we have control, we head off keen to get home to be with those we love. What happens next?
May 7, 2019

Physical Ergonomics

Have you ever wondered why the taps on your sink turn the way they do to open or shut the valve? or why kitchen units are basically the same height around the world? The chances are you never think about the height and position of the screen on the ATM as you withdraw your hard-earned dollar or how the books are organized in your local library. Why would you?
May 7, 2019

Mental Health in the Workplace: A Case Story

Help advocate for mental health and well-being, whether for yourself, loved ones, friends, or colleagues.
May 3, 2019

The Lost Art of Appreciation

Acknowledgement. Appreciation. Thank you. Two unadorned words that pack a punch. This powerful message of appreciation is well on its way to becoming an “unappreciated” art form.
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.