Positive People – Positive Outcomes – Safer Organizations

Just about two weeks ago, I attended the Pittsburgh Pirates home opener.  I’m talking about Major League Baseball for our international readers.  I love home openers because there’s so much excitement, energy, and positive emotions.  And it’s everywhere – the bars and restaurants, vendors, fans, and of course the baseball organizations being jeered and cheered.   Early in the game, I began to wonder why we couldn’t harness more of that kind of excitement and energy when it comes to safety or the continual push for improvement.  And then I happened to speak to Bill.  He’s pictured to the left with

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Five Safety-Related Benefits of Getting Naked

Today, April 20th is my birthday, and I came into this world with nothing but my birthday suit, butt naked, just like you.  And many of you are realizing that some of your organizations need to strip away the unwanted layers of false protection and get naked too! In my last writing, I addressed the need for organizational leaders to get naked and become more transparent in order to continually improve safety performance (Get Naked for Safety – It’s Critical for Advancement).  However, I did not begin to identify the many positive outcomes of becoming more open and honest.  Here

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Get Naked for Safety – It’s Critical for Advancement

Several years ago, I was having lunch for the first time at a new and now very popular Pittsburgh restaurant. Before lunch was served, and out of necessity, I visited the restroom.  As I proceeded, I moved my head upward to look at the wall in front of me (as guys usually do).   I soon realized that I wasn’t looking at the wall but through it.  I could see much of the waitstaff and visitors in front of me and I panicked – “these people can see me half-naked and they’re watching!” I quickly understood this was a one-way barrier that

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Safety – Where’s the Rigor?

Earlier in my career, I was fortunate enough to have worked for a few organizational giants like NASA, TRW, and United Airlines.  Within these organizations, I was exposed to the rigors of systems thinking, Total Quality Management (TQM), and the Baldridge Award efforts of the 1990s.  Each of them helped improve our efforts, efficiencies, and outcomes.  And each of them taught us to keep looking upstream for ongoing improvements.  These types of efforts also taught me the importance of leadership, vision, and engagement.  I could go on but many of you already know a great deal about systems thinking as it applies to safety.  However, one

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