Articles by Dave Johnson

Leadership lessons from the Mossad

The Mossad? The Mossad is Israel’s intelligence service with a reputation for respect, fear, professionalism, boldness, expertise and execution surrounded by myth and mystery. In his book, “The Secret History of the Mossad,” author Gordon Thomas quoted the operating principles – or the cultural values -- for the agency as laid down by Meir Amit, a legendary Mossad director. I paraphrase:


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Leadership—the rest of the story

It’s not all about having heart, caring and compassion
My limit has been reached. I’m talking about leadership hero worship.


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Have we made peace with work-life balance?

In the current issue of the Harvard Business Review the cover story details how senior-level executives, both men and women of course, deal with the work-life balance hassle. The takeaway: everyone struggles with it; there are options that depend on things like ambition, age, individual financial resources, and individual support networks.


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Squeezing every red cent ‘til it turns blue

I was at a trade show last week where if I heard this mantra once, I heard it from different people ten times:  “We’re doing everything we can to take costs out of our business.” There were variations on the theme: “It’s all about cost reduction, baby.” “We’re helping our customers drain costs out of their system.”


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Do you overestimate your number of true believers?

Just finished reading a fascinating book, “The Men Who Lost America” (Yale University Press, 2013), by Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, a history professor at the University of Virginia.


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Challenges & trends for 2014

Building EHS bench strength and ensuring a steady supply of safety "talent" going forward is going to be challenge, given safety staff cutbacks, reliance on consultants and contractors, and not much interest among U.S. students in careers in safety. Expect to see more traditional safety work (Training, audits, accident investigations, recognition activities, communication services and goal-setting) being assumed by line workers.


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Goodbye to an OSHA champion, and his era of idealism

Last week the Politico Playbook daily newsletter noted the coming retirement of Rep. George Miller (D-CA) by saying the 40-year veteran of Congress was one of the last of the Democratic “Watergate babies”… “part of a post-Vietnam 70s generation filled with moral certitude.”


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Stop picking on puny ole OSHA

News item: Sen. Chuck Grassley has joined 42 other senators in requesting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to stop unlawful regulations on small family farms. “OSHA is overstepping its bounds here,” Grassley said.


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Do safety pros hate their bosses?

A Yahoo news story doesn’t paint a pretty picture
Whoa, you’re treading on thin, very politically incorrect ground here when one uses the word “hate.”


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Public posting is a scary thing

OSHA’s proposal will jangle some nerves
You know when OSHA makes an announcement that’s posted online by The Wall Street Journal within hours or minutes, something major has happened.


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By defining the leading causes of flash fires, electric arc and molten metal splatter, we will address the ways in which companies can better protect their employees from such hazards through proper staff outfitting. In the topic, we will discuss the benefits of – and recent developments to – flame-resistant workwear and what to consider when creating a program for your employees.

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