Articles by James E. Leeman Ph.D.

Quality vs. safety: Not a superiority contest

One-upmanship harms business competitiveness
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?
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
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

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
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?
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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Controlling managers versus persuasive managers

This month we will cover the need for Power.

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“Can’t we all just be friends?”

Dealing with safety pros & bosses who want to be liked
Last month I wrote about safety and health professionals who are motivated by the need for Achievement.

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Are you driven to achieve?

Exploring the motivational forces at work in your workplace
Have you ever wondered what motivates you and the people you work with and for?

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It’s really not so complicated

Focus on the system, not the “sinner”
During the past 40+ years, safety panaceas have produced degrees of temporary success and expensive failures. One of the most hotly debated is behavior-based safety (BBS).

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ASSE Safety 2014 Review

A gallery of photos from the sprawling Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, where ASSE’s annual professional development conference was held June 8-11. All photos courtesy of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

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Leveraging Sustainability Initiatives to Benefit Your Community and Increase Compliance

This webinar will review how General Motors' Sustainability initiatives are being leveraged to improve the community and the environment, create efficient energy programs, improve sustainability tracking, impact on processes and overall reporting and improve overall social, environmental and corporate sustainability.

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