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Has sustainability been trivialized?

November 28, 2012
Question for group: There is a growing consensus that the word “sustainability” is becoming a hindrance for the green economy, but what should it be replaced with?


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“This is loony”: BP execs get a free pass in Gulf spill settlement

November 28, 2012
The Justice Department just entered into the largest criminal settlement in U.S. history with the giant oil company BP.


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Susan Boyle and your safety culture

November 20, 2012

It’s easy to write people off by their appearance.  Maybe it’s someone who doesn’t dress or speak like you.  Maybe they have different interests than you, your co-workers, or your friends.   Or as one of my business acquaintances often states, “they’re just special!”


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Resilience in the face of catastrophe: Hurricane Sandy’s lesson for organizations

November 20, 2012

When Hurricane Sandy devastated the Northeast the New York Stock Exchange was closed for two days.


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Playing it safe is no path to safety

November 20, 2012

Uncertain times make us risk adverse. And in a tenuous economic recovery it’s easy for safety professionals to play it safe.


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Who am I? Foundational safety culture requirements

November 20, 2012

One of my favorite Broadway musicals is “Les Misérables.” My favorite musical score for this powerful drama takes place when the hero, Jean Valjean, sings “Who am I?”


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Information is power – but it comes at a cost

November 19, 2012

While newsroom budgets are shrinking -- and some news outlets are going out of business entirely -- the need for thorough, objective investigative journalism remains as crucial as ever.


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Incentives are the nuclear option

You may reach your objective, but at what cost?
November 14, 2012
I got this e-mail from a reader who had just read the October 31st PENCIL WHIPPING blog:


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Why safety fails:When good safety systems go bad

November 14, 2012
For many organizations the great recession has forever changed the way organizations gauge the success of its safety efforts


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How to reinvent an ineffective safety committee

November 7, 2012
Everyone knows that any organization that cares one whit about safety has to have a safety committee.


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