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Why smart workers make deadly decisions

Biases, blunders and cognitive traps
August 29, 2012

“When I was a young man I was given a check for a million dollars. I tore it up and went to the top of a mountain to contemplate the mistakes of mankind…one man in particular.” Joe Martin, Cartoonist.


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Why good people sometimes do bad things

Are ethical foundations in place?
August 29, 2012

I discovered these factors that influence behavioral ethics in the course of my doctoral research, when I analyzed 150 different derailments within organizations. Since then, these factors have been tested in various studies.


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Days of a true “Safety Culture” are gone

August 22, 2012
The days of a true "safety culture" I am sad to say have gone the way of the "man in the gray flannel suit."


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There is just one organizational culture

The question is, where does safety fit in?
August 22, 2012
I don’t have much to say about changes in the Penn State culture other than this:


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Watch what leaders do, not what they say

August 22, 2012
Since I graduated from Louisiana State University, I’ll say a few words about big-time college football.


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PSU culture: It is a corporate entity

“Survival depends on loyalty at all costs”
August 22, 2012
Don't forget, these are not leaders in the community, they are managers of a corporate entity and the corporate culture requires loyalty at all costs.


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The culture of cash flow

It’s easy to turn a blind eye to it
August 15, 2012

The Penn State topic is way too complicated to sort out in a short email. (It may never be fully understood). At one time I worked for a large construction company that had a good safety culture, yet when there was an issue of challenging a client on unsafe procedures the construction company always backed down.


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The college football culture: Farm teams for the pros

If players took “real courses” to graduate we’d have little to watch
August 15, 2012

Regarding Penn State, I think the problem is that it is not so much the administration of the institution that will suffer, but the university and the students.


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The Penn State culture: “We are not all football drones”

August 15, 2012

I'm a proud PSU graduate and currently live in the community. When you all speak of the culture, it's like we are being talked about like we are objects inside of a fishbowl stereotyped by the bad actions of a few, instead of as individual people.


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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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