Articles by James E. Leeman Ph.D.

Puncturing 6 common work-related myths

Life’s lies that lead you off the path
April 1, 2014
With organizations reducing the size of their workforce and the continual march of Baby Boomers into retirement, those remaining are finding they are not only doing their job, but also tasks of their departed co-worker’s job.

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What “One Word” captures your safety needs?

It’s an examination in self-reflection—for both top leaders and employees
March 4, 2014
My friend and colleague, Dan Rockwell, introduced his blog followers to a little book that will not only change your personal life, but might have a demonstrable impact on your safety program.

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20 tips for being a corporate diplomat

February 3, 2014
Essentially all managers know the likelihood of going to jail for safety violations is practically zero.

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You’ve been promoted to manage, now what?

Once they like you, the cats you herd are good companions
January 2, 2014
Clients and students of mine ask what they need to do to one day be chosen for the ES&H vice president role.

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Quality vs. safety: Not a superiority contest

One-upmanship harms business competitiveness
December 5, 2013
Recently a colleague at my office, Dr. Ron Schulingkamp, shared a Quality Progress article entitled “Quality vs. Safety” by Mustafa Ghaleiw.

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Do we really need I2P2?

How would small & medium-sized firms comply?
November 4, 2013
OSHA is describing its I2P2 as a proactive process to help employers find and fix workplace hazards before workers get hurt.

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The dangerous safety narcissist

Stand up to boorish, self-absorbed arrogance
October 2, 2013
Drawing upon Dr. James’ theory (i.e., definition), I’ll take a stab at categorizing a Safety narcissist into two groups of individuals – the employee version and the safety professional version.

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To truly change your culture… Requires deep insight and broad understanding

September 5, 2013
When undertaking an organizational transformation, often we are challenged to explain what the culture is and why we need to “change” it.

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You really can change your safety culture

But you must reprogram how you see things
August 1, 2013
Continuing the changing culture theme from last month, let’s explore Mark Bodnarczuk’s Island of Excellence® Change Model.

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So you want to integrate safety…

Do you have a safety subculture residing in a silo?
July 9, 2013
Do you believe there is a subculture within the overall culture of your organization that is all about safety and nothing else?

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