Articles by Dr. John Kello

So you want transformation leadership…

Remember these 5 “reality checks”
For many years, organization development (OD) interventions focused mainly on incremental, localized adjustments, tweaks to the functioning of the organization.

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The bad guys at work

Don’t rush to judge; check your biases
The first-shift guys tell you they work together as a team. They are the best shift in every way. And they always clean up and set up for second shift.
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POSITIVE SAFETY CULTURES: When the choice is to change or die

What if a company is characteristically cautious and slow to make a decision, and does not reward innovative risk-taking, while the market is moving fast and increasingly rewarding agility? What if the choice is to change or die?

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POSITIVE SAFETY CULTURES: Package & market your message

What’s the biggest daily problem in organizations? Communication. What could have prevented many of the recordable incidents that occurred last year at your facility? Better communication. Communication makes the world go ’round.
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POSITIVE SAFETY CULTURES: Stress management 101

In part one of my “short course” in managing stress (October 2006) I mentioned individuals can have very different thresholds for experiencing distress. Even the hardiest among us have our limits. So what do we do when we’re nearing those limits?

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POSITIVE SAFETY CULTURES: Is stress a friend or foe?

The answer to the question in the title is “yes.”
When we perceive an event as a challenge or potential threat, a physical and psychological response is triggered by the autonomic nervous system. Whether the stressor is external (an oncoming car swerves into our lane) or internal (an anxiety-arousing thought), its onset abrupt (a sudden emergency) or gradual (a long-term unresolved problem), this automatic reaction is essentially the same.
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POSITIVE SAFETY CULTURES: So you want to be best-in-class?

Going back at least as far as the early 1980s, to the study done by Tom Peters and Bob Waterman in the now classic In Search of Excellence, and continuing today in the work of many management gurus, a small subset of companies have been identified as “best practice” organizations.
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POSITIVE SAFETY CULTURES: Where to find "the right stuff"

Placing the right people on your bus
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POSITIVE SAFETY CULTURES: Just what is "the right stuff"?

Jim is a safety professional with 12 years of experience. He’s technically very competent, probably the best in the whole corporation. Jim tends to be low-key, private and introverted, a bit hard to “read.” He doesn’t initiate a lot of contact with the folks in the plant unless he is doing a safety audit, and spends a lot of time in his office alone.
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POSITIVE SAFETY CULTURES: "What are we doing right?"

The energizing effect of Appreciative Inquiry

Psychology is going positive — something to consider in your efforts to motivate workers to think and act safely. You see, for much of its history, psychology has focused much attention on the negative. Hmmm… might we say the same about safety programs? But I digress.

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Eye Injuries: You rarely see them coming. Practical Solutions for reducing injuries to the eye.

The 3M Eye Injury Reduction webinar will provide an examination of how to help solve eye injuries in the workplace. This issue continues to challenge virtually every industry, and the solution is often times multifaceted. 3M will share some new tools and approaches to help you in solving this issue.

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