Articles by James E. Leemann Ph.D.

Fear at work: Is it of injuries, or losing your job?

Get real: OSHA won’t be charging in on a white horse to save your job
September 6, 2012

As a good friend recently told me, "so many of us have had our heads buried in the feeding trough earning a living and paying our bills, we have not had time to look up and pay attention to what the hell is going on around us."

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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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Penn State: “A massive collapse in leadership”

But more bureaucracy won’t change the culture
August 15, 2012

I have scanned the Freeh Report, but am not surprised that Freeh states the PSU culture has to change. So what is Freeh suggesting the PSU culture change to?

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Your future financial safety

Social Security decisions to consider
September 1, 2011
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
August 2, 2011
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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You'll never have all the answers

May 24, 2011
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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Why safety stuff matters

March 1, 2011

Ever wonder why your safety program just doesn’t seem to sizzle?
Why your latest safety promotion fell flat on its face?
Why you manipulate individuals to be safe?
Why does all this safety stuff really matter anyway?

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SYSTEMS THINKING: Let's get real about empowering employees

December 1, 2010

A serious disconnect existed between the kind of “power” managers thought they were giving and what employees believed they were receiving.

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SYSTEMS THINKING: Don't start the revolution without me

November 11, 2010

Safety and health management systems remain entirely too rigid and compliance-focused to effectively react to the pace of business.

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SYSTEMS THINKING: If someone wants to "beat your system"...

October 5, 2010

Use these strategies to minimize the need to beat your safety system.

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