Safety Culture

Dr. Krause stumps safety pros

June 27, 2013

“Are we kidding ourselves?” Dr. Tom Krause, founder of BST and now an independent consultant, asked several  hundred safety pros at a session at ASSE’s Safety 2013. Kidding about what? Dr. Krause’s point: low OSHA injury rates are deceiving many companies into believing they have better safety performance than is really the case.

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Why every safety pro should know Peter Drucker

June 27, 2013

The title of one Thursday session at ASSE’s Safety 2013: “Why Every Safety Professional/Manager Must Understand the Ideas of Peter F. Drucker,” presented by Jay C. Brakensiek, CSP, MSIH, EMBA, Claremont University Consortium, Claremont, CA. Brakensiek was a former student of Professor Drucker, considered the “Father of Management.”

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Are safety pros fooling themselves?

June 26, 2013

Two sessions this week at ASSE’s Safety 2013 took up the subject of zero injury goals. The first was presented by Tom Krause Ph.D., the founder of BST who now works as an independent consultant in Ojai, CA after selling the company to Dekra of Germany. Tom posed the question: “Are We on the Path to Zero or Are We Kidding Ourselves?“

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Why bad things happen to good companies

June 26, 2013

On Wednesday morning at ASSE’s Safety 2013 in Las Vegas a vexing, long-standing irritant to safety professionals is addressed by Canadian consultant Corrie Pitzer -- why safe organizations fail. Pitzer calls it “drifting into disaster.”

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Good strategy / bad strategy: Business tips for safety pros

June 25, 2013

A business strategy guru, Richard Rumelt, is the opening session keynoter to kick of Day 2 of ASSE’s Safety 2013, Wednesday, June 26, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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A tale of transformational leadership

Story of a culture of caring
June 24, 2013

ASSE’s Safety 2013 features a number of educational sessions on the topic of leadership. None probably will be looked forward to more than the session tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon on “Transformational Leadership - A Key Element in the Journey to World Class.” Transformational Leadership is a fancy term, but the presentation here is real world, involving

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Transforming leaders drive excellence

June 7, 2013
Take just a minute to reflect on what you believe are the characteristics that describe a transformational leader, and by the same token take another minute to reflect on the characteristics that describe a transactional leader.

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Gain enterprise-wide acceptance of initiatives

June 7, 2013
My church has what they call a “Glocal” approach to ministries.

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You must be a curator to access & sell your knowledge & expertise

June 7, 2013
To enhance your value to any organization, one must become a “curator” that can identify, select, qualify, and organize essential information.

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Five ways managers undermine culture

June 7, 2013
In order to build (or strengthen) a safety culture, it’s helpful for managers to recognize pitfalls of leading in safety and understand how to remedy them.

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