Managing Safety and That Nasty Trickle-Down Effect

“Joe, I’m so tired of this ___________ , ______________, __________!  I just met with Lou and he ripped me a new __________ hole.  I don’t care about you, your people, or anybody else – get it done!” You fill in the blanks. If you’ve been working long enough, you realize that it happens and I’m sure you’ve been a part of it in one way or another.  Yep, the trickle-down effect and the spill that spreads all around.  In part, I call it the Jelly-Doughnut Principle.  When you push down on two stacked doughnuts, you get a mess. Managers and

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Nick Saban – Process Over People

Coach Nick Saban just won another NCAA Football Championship and may soon be regarded as the greatest college football coach of all-time.  He‘s now won four championships at the University of Alabama and one at Louisiana State University. That’s a pretty big deal! Many individuals will argue that Nick Saban has refined “his process” over the years and has a consistent, sure-fire formula for success – largely because of his process.  After all, he often stresses “the process” when asked about success.  Still others would suggest he has the best players in the country.  That’s more difficult to argue. I

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Gettin’ Dirty for Safety’s Sake – Where’s Your Dirt?

Culture is an archaeological construct and it stands to reason that you have to dig a bit in order to find out what’s really going on in your organization. When I conduct various types of culture assessments for safety, people often get nervous.  Many feel that they might be unnecessarily exposed.  However, if you aren’t getting dirty and going deeper and broader, you’ll never get better!  If you don’t bring up some “dirt” and find out about the “bad stuff” – why begin to contemplate conducting a culture assessment for safety in the first place? Here’s six ways to get

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