Systems Thinking

Controlling managers versus persuasive managers

June 7, 2013
This month we will cover the need for Power.


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“Can’t we all just be friends?”

Dealing with safety pros & bosses who want to be liked
May 9, 2013
Last month I wrote about safety and health professionals who are motivated by the need for Achievement.


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Are you driven to achieve?

Exploring the motivational forces at work in your workplace
April 2, 2013
Have you ever wondered what motivates you and the people you work with and for?


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It’s really not so complicated

Focus on the system, not the “sinner”
March 7, 2013
During the past 40+ years, safety panaceas have produced degrees of temporary success and expensive failures. One of the most hotly debated is behavior-based safety (BBS).


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What kind of audit are you after?

Compliance checks or deeper decision-making evaluations
January 3, 2013
Recently a client inquired about utilizing a consultant to conduct a “third-party” audit of his operations using the client’s second-party auditing protocols.


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Kick the safety habit

Examine your job-related rewards, routines & cues
December 4, 2012
In a corporate culture, there are subcultures such as engineering, operations, safety, health, environmental, management, executive, business units, human resources, etc.


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Decisions wear us down

Make your presentation early in the morning
November 1, 2012
Three safety professionals were asked to evaluate their company’s previous year’s 129 incident investigation reports to determine what could possibly be done to reduce both the number and severity of injuries.


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Saddled with social responsibility?

Beware of superficial spin
October 5, 2012
More than likely, if you find yourself in front of a board, it probably is not for a good reason. Stay focused, present the facts and only the facts, and concentrate on the business implications of the circumstances.


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Ethics are easily muddled

But you can prevent killer collapses
September 6, 2012
Well, it’s that time of the year again to take the company’s ethics course.


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“What the hell!”

How to deal with devilish attitudes
August 1, 2012
Safety pros deal with human weaknesses probably more than anyone in the organization, save for perhaps HR.


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