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372 - Client and Contractor: Aligning Safety Cultures

January 26th, 2015

Greetings everyone, this podcast recorded while in Coldspring, TX. I’d like to share an article I wrote that was published in OH&S Magazine. The published article can either be found on the magazine’s website or under Insights at www.ProActSafety.com. 

I hope you enjoy the podcast this week. If you would like access to archived podcasts (older than 90 days – dating back to January 2008) please visit www.ProActSafety.com/Store. For more detailed strategies to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture, pick up a copy of our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence - http://proactsafety.com/insights/steps-to-safety-culture-excellence

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway
ProAct Safety
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Quantity and Quality

January 21st, 2015

Rule of thumb:  Any quantity goal without a quality requirement will encourage “pencil whipping”.  This is especially true of safety audits and observations.  Organizations that require everyone to do two observations per month or two audits per week are misstating what they truly want.  Quantity is ineffective without quality.  There are thousands of studies that support the idea that a certain quantity of contact or assessment is necessary for improvements.  But they all go out the window if the numbers are filled with fake, or otherwise poor-quality, components.

What drives change is the right number of quality contacts.  Going through the motions and getting the numbers just to check off a box is not what organizations really want.  So why do they set these goals, omitting the quality requirements?  Largely because the quantity is easily and discretely measured while the quality is more complicated and subjective.  It is easier to create accountability around numbers than quality, but doing so can completely compromise the effort.  State both quantity and quality requirements in all goals and do your best to hold workers accountable for both.

 

-Terry L. Mathis

For more insights, visit 

www.ProActSafety.com

Terry L. Mathis is the founder and CEO of ProAct Safety, an international safety and performance excellence firm. He is known for his dynamic presentations in the fields of behavioral and cultural safety, leadership, and operational performance, and is a regular speaker at ASSE, NSC, and numerous company and industry conferences. EHS Today listed Terry as a Safety Guru in ‘The 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS three consecutive times. He has been a frequent contributor to industry magazines for over 15 years and is the coauthor of STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence (2013, WILEY).


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371 - Misunderstanding Hazards and Risks

January 19th, 2015

Greetings all, here is a short video for this week's podcast. I hope it gets you thinking!

Shawn M. Galloway
President, ProAct Safety

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Much Ado About Zero

January 14th, 2015

The furor about “zero accidents” would have inspired Shakespeare to write a play.  It is, indeed, a tempest in a teapot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.  Of course, every organization should desire to be accident free and, of course, they should not set goals that develop a tolerance for a certain level of accidents.  On the other hand, goals of perfection can be demotivating when they are consistently not reached, and preaching “zero accidents” while practicing “hurry and get it done” will usually backfire.

The bottom line is, whatever you set as a goal, if you don’t have a systematic strategy for reaching success, and if your strategy is impractical, misunderstood, or not believed to be real, your goal is meaningless.  Zero accidents is not a direct product you can manufacture; it is the by-product of excellent strategy and excellent execution.  Setting goals for the process and monitoring the value derived from the efforts, rather than simply measuring lagging indicators, is a clearer and cleaner path to success.

-Terry L. Mathis

For more insights, visit www.ProActSafety.com

Terry L. Mathis is the founder and CEO of ProAct Safety, an international safety and performance excellence firm. He is known for his dynamic presentations in the fields of behavioral and cultural safety, leadership, and operational performance, and is a regular speaker at ASSE, NSC, and numerous company and industry conferences. EHS Today listed Terry as a Safety Guru in ‘The 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS in 2010, 2011 and 2012-2013. He has been a frequent contributor to industry magazines for over 15 years and is the coauthor of STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence, 2013, WILEY.

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370 - Becoming a Rising Star in Safety

January 12th, 2015

Greetings everyone, this podcast recorded while in Minneapolis, MN. I’d like to share an article I wrote that was published in OH&S Magazine. The published article can either be found on the magazine’s website or under Insights at www.ProActSafety.com. 

I hope you enjoy the podcast this week. If you would like access to archived podcasts (older than 90 days – dating back to January 2008) please visit www.ProActSafety.com/Store. For more detailed strategies to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture, pick up a copy of our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence - http://proactsafety.com/insights/steps-to-safety-culture-excellence

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway
ProAct Safety

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Root Cause Analysis is Machine Thinking

January 7th, 2015

Seeking out and addressing root causes of problems is the ultimate fix for machines. If you simply repair the obvious failure, it may recur.   People are not machines!  Using root cause thinking with humans can actually make you miss the best solutions, especially in safety.  It is extremely limited thinking to look exclusively at human contribution as the problem or failure in accidental injuries.  

Human behavior is based on a complex mixture of influences and projections.  Past experience, training, analyses of job hazards, projections of what could cause injuries, and the overriding pressures to complete the work all influence behavioral choices.  A change in the weight of any of these or other influences can tip the balance of influence and change the logic of the choice.  Failure to identify risks due to low-probability or other factors play into the equation.  Simply underestimating risk probability is a growing problem.  Distractions to concentration at work are also growing as work gets more complex and technology increases the availability and amount of communication.

Rather than viewing human performance as a mechanical process, we need to see it more like a weather pattern that can be changed by multiple factors, something that needs to be forecast rather than fixed.

-Terry L. Mathis

For more insights, visit www.ProActSafety.com

Terry L. Mathis is the founder and CEO of ProAct Safety, an international safety and performance excellence firm. He is known for his dynamic presentations in the fields of behavioral and cultural safety, leadership, and operational performance, and is a regular speaker at ASSE, NSC, and numerous company and industry conferences. EHS Today listed Terry as a Safety Guru in ‘The 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS in 2010, 2011 and 2012-2013. He has been a frequent contributor to industry magazines for over 15 years and is the coauthor of STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence, 2013, WILEY.

369 - Seven Years Podcasting Safety Excellence!

January 5th, 2015

Seven years, wow! I started this podcast with the promise to provide weekly topics and am proud to say I've met this goal 100%. Along the way I have met some wonderful people that have both shared with me how our podcasts have helped them, and even challenged our own ideas that helped us also grow. 

ProAct Safety, our firm, turned 21 years old this past November and the Safety Culture Excellence Podcast celebrates 7 years this month. It has been a rewarding adventure and we look forward to the years to come.  We commit to continuing to advance the safety excellence profession and hope you will consider joining our communities.

Thank you so very much,

Shawn M. Galloway
President
ProAct Safety
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The 46 Books I Read in 2014

January 1st, 2015

January 2014

1.     Twenty Things You Need To Know by Donald J. Wheeler

2.     Understanding Variation: The Key to Managing Chaos by Donald J. Wheeler

3.     "I Love You More Than My Dog": Five Decisions That Drive Extreme Customer Loyalty in Good Times and Bad by Jeanne Bliss

4.     David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell

5.     Managers as Mentors, Third Edition: Building Partnerships for Learning by Chip R Bell and Marshall Goldsmith

6.     Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

 

February 2014

7.     I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

8.     Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative by Ken Robinson

9.     The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? by Seth Godin

 

March 2014

10.  Hit the Ground Running: A Manual for New Leaders by Jason Jennings

11.  Thinking in New Boxes: A New Paradigm for Business Creativity by Luc De Brabandere and Alan Iny

12.  Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir

 

April 2014

13.  The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business by Duff McDonald

14.  Our Emperors Have No Clothes: Incredibly stupid things corporate executives have done while reengineering, restructuring, downsizing, TQM’ing, team-building, and empowering… in order to cover their ifs, ands or “buts.” by Alan Weiss

15.  Monday Morning Leadership: 8 Mentoring Sessions You Can't Afford to Miss by David Cottrell

16.  Memories of a Jewish Childhood by Harriet Ottenstein

17.  The One-Day Contract: How to Add Value to Every Minute of Your Life by Rick Pitino and Eric Crawford

18.  HBR Guide to Coaching Your Employees by Harvard Business Review

 

May 2014

19.  It’s What We Do Together That Counts: The BIC Alliance Story by Earl Heard

20.  HBR Guide to Office Politics: Level the field, Rise above rivalry, Avoid power games by Harvard Business Review

21.  Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future by Dorie Clark

 

July 2014

22.  The Deming Management Method by Mary Walton

23.  The new Porsche Macan. Life, Intensified by Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

24.  Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

 

August 2014

25.  Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

26.  Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

27.  Get Motivated!: Overcome Any Obstacle, Achieve Any Goal, and Accelerate Your Success with Motivational DNA by Tamara Lowe

 

September 2014

28.  Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman

29.  Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds by Carmine Gallo

30.  The Curriculum: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master of Business Arts Hardcover by Stanley Bing

31.  The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A. J. Jacobs

32.  The Heart of Leadership: Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow by Mark Miller

33.  The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human by V. S. Ramachandran

 

October 2014

34.  Seeing What Others Don't: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights by Gary Klein

35.  Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

36.  Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want by Nicholas Epley

37.  This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works by John Brockman

 

November 2014

38.  Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen

39.  Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less by Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao

40.  What You’re Really Meant to Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential by Robert Steven Kaplan

 

December 2014

41.  Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation by Adam Bryant and Jeff Gurner

42.  The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

43.  Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

44.  The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon

45.  The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh

46.  Choose Yourself!: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream By James Altucher

 

And of course please consider adding our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence (Mathis, Galloway) to your reading list! – www.STEPStoSafetyCultureExcellence.com

 

Happy reading!

Shawn M. Galloway

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Personal Development – The Books I Read December 2014

January 1st, 2015

  1. Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation by Adam Bryant and Jeff Gurner
  2. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
  3. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
  4. The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon 
  5. The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh
  6. Choose Yourself!: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream By James Altucher

And of course please consider adding our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence (Mathis, Galloway) to your reading list! – www.STEPStoSafetyCultureExcellence.com 

Happy reading!
Shawn M. Galloway

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368 - Measure What You Want

December 29th, 2014

Greetings all, here is a short video for this week's podcast. I hope it gets you thinking!

Shawn M. Galloway
President, ProAct Safety

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