Systems Thinking

The jobs are out there

But EHS soft skills & work ethics can frustrate employers
By James E. Leeman Ph.D.
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Heading into 2012, occupational safety and health (OSH) jobs are available.


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Are you sure about that?

10 tips to overcome willful blindness
By James E. Leeman Ph.D.
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How often do you ignore facts staring you in the face because they conflict with your preconceived worldview? 


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Five o’clock fatigue

How a day of decisions drains mental energy
By James E. Leeman Ph.D.
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Three safety professionals are asked to evaluate their company’s previous year’s 129 incident investigation reports. 


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Forget power & control

Focus on human interactions to resolve safety conflicts
By James E. Leeman Ph.D.
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I know safety professionals who see their role from a “power and control” perspective as opposed to a “consultative” perspective. 


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Your future financial safety

Social Security decisions to consider
By James E. Leemann Ph.D.
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Let’s face it guys, we are becoming a little older each day and those of us at or near retirement, older Baby Boomers, need to be focusing on our Social Security claiming strategy like a laser beam.


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Practical drift and writing safety rules

Behaviors get loose when procedures are too tight
By James E. Leemann Ph.D.
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Last month I introduced you to Scott A. Snook’s term practical drift, which he coined in his root cause analysis of the accidental shoot down of two U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopters resulting in the loss of 26 peacekeepers. 


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Catch the Invisible Drift

It’s easy to stray from safety rules
By James E. Leeman Ph.D.
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Colonel Scott A. Snook, Ph.D., in Friendly Fire1 introduced the term practical drift. The theory of practical drift emerged from Snook’s root cause analysis of a 1994 friendly fire accident in which two U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jets patrolling the No-Fly-Zone over northern Iraq shot down two U.S. Army Black Hawk UH-60 helicopters. Twenty-six peacekeepers lost their lives.
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You'll never have all the answers

By James E. Leemann Ph.D.
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Too often safety and health professionals work under the illusion that the advice they provide to someone is “helpful.” If only giving “help” were so easy.
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SYSTEMS THINKING: Tips for installing a new safety culture

By James E. Leeman Ph.D.
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The safety world has devoted significant attention and conversation to the “safety culture” of organizations. How often have you heard, “If we could just change the culture around here, safety performance would improve.”


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How Egypt's fall could affect you

By James E. Leeman Ph.D.
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Recent riots in North Africa and the Middle East are and will continue to have a harmful impact on the private and public sectors in the United States. Egypt’s collapse has become the “Tipping Point” of a systemic contagion growing throughout North Africa and the Middle East, the likes of which we have not witnessed since World War II.


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