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Working In Safety vs. Working on Safety

September 17th, 2014

A business unit manager who was frustrated with a bottleneck in his operations took over a job for several hours from an operator to speed up production.  His regional manager walked in and found him there and asked what he was doing.  When he explained that he was doing the job of an operator, his boss asked him, “While you are doing that, who is running the unit?”  He was working “IN” his unit and not “ON” it.  

Many safety professionals are entirely too bogged down with day-to-day busywork to work “on” safety.  Others choose to roll up their sleeves and jump in rather than to stand back and strategically evaluate what really needs to be done.  Even corporate safety leaders often choose to do work rather than to manage safety strategically.  The net result is that many safety efforts are strategy-less, leaderless balls of energy being hurled at the big problem of accidents.  The underlying premise is that somehow more effort will win the day.  

Often what is needed is not more but better effort.  Better effort is accomplished strategically.  When everyone is putting forth effort and no one is working on strategy that just doesn’t happen.

-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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353 - Are You a Dictator or Leader?

September 15th, 2014

Hello everyone, here is a quick video for you to reflect on your leadership style.

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway
www.ShawnGalloway.com

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Reporting Accident Investigation Findings

September 10th, 2014

When you discuss the findings from recent accident investigations either in safety meetings, stand downs, or via email, what is the focus?  Do you determine the root cause and describe the corrective action taken by the organization to avoid repeat injuries?  If so, that is good but incomplete.  You should also discuss risk awareness techniques to help workers recognize developing at-risk situations and precautions that workers can take to minimize the probability of such accidents.

It is not enough that organizations learn from their accidents; workers should learn as well.  When root causes lead to corrective action, risk awareness should also lead to safer behaviors and better hazard recognition.  If your only do one of these, you are missing half or more of the potential improvement that could result from your findings.  Don’t settle for simply improving conditions or improving behaviors.  Always look for opportunities to improve 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 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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352 - The 4 Questions to Shape Performance

September 8th, 2014

Hello everyone, here is a quick video to help you shape performance in those you are coaching, leading and/or managing.

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway
www.ShawnGalloway.com

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Personal Development – The Books I Read August 2014

September 3rd, 2014

  1. Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  2. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  3. Get Motivated!: Overcome Any Obstacle, Achieve Any Goal, and Accelerate Your Success with Motivational DNA by Tamara Lowe

And of course please consider adding our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence (WILEY, 2013) to your reading list! – www.STEPStoSafetyCultureExcellence.com

Happy reading!
Shawn M. Galloway

Abstract Safety Leadership

August 27th, 2014

A senior VP asked me to write a safety training program for route drivers and asked what my first step would be.  I responded that I would get with a route driver and ride to better understand their safety issues.  He seemed astounded and asked me if my education was so incomplete that I could not imagine what they did and direct it to be more “perfect.”  This attitude tends to permeate some safety programs and it can do serious damage.  

Safety, for workers, is not abstract, it is situational!  It involves situational awareness and correct responses to specific dangers.  Those who do not understand this are and will continue to be outsiders who may be respected for their positions but not for their knowledge.  Such leaders are tolerated, not followed.

Safety cultures are best influenced from within.  Abstract leaders are always viewed as outsiders. Outside influences cause resistance, not acceptance.  If you want to lead safety and improve your safety culture, get in touch with the reality of your workers and workplace.  Talk like someone who has been there and done that and appreciates the challenges of the job.  Such actions are not lowering your standards or admitting the limitations of your education, they are living and succeeding in the real world.

-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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351 - The Mindset of Safety Excellence

August 25th, 2014

Greetings everyone, this podcast recorded while in Auburn Hills, MI. I’d like to share an article I wrote that was published in the August 2014 edition of BIC 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 to download or play on demand our other podcasts, please visit the ProAct Safety’s podcast website at: http://www.safetycultureexcellence.com. 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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Personal Development – The Books I Read July 2014

August 20th, 2014

  1. The Deming Management Method by Mary Walton
  2. The new Porsche Macan. Life, Intensified by Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG
  3. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

And of course please consider adding our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence (WILEY, 2013) to your reading list! – www.STEPStoSafetyCultureExcellence.com

Happy reading!
Shawn M. Galloway

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350 - Evolving Your Safety Culture Elements That Matter Most

August 18th, 2014

Greetings everyone, this podcast recorded while in Eunice, LA. I’d like to share an article I wrote that was published in the July 2014 edition of 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 to download or play on demand our other podcasts, please visit the ProAct Safety’s podcast website at: http://www.safetycultureexcellence.com. 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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STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence Workshop - October 2014

August 12th, 2014

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Strategy is a framework of choices the organization makes to determine how to capture and deliver value. Strategy, therefore, is how do we win? How confident are you about your strategy to achieve and sustain safety excellence?

Based on the book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence, the authors will lead this workshop and provide a detailed roadmap on how to develop a three to five year safety excellence business plan. This two-day workshop is limited to ten participants. It would be helpful if each attendee read the book prior to the event to escalate the discovery process.

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STEPS is a universal process for identifying, prioritizing, and solving safety problems at the organizational, behavioral, conditional, or cultural levels. Using one process for addressing all safety issues eliminates the need for continuously bringing in new consultants, programs, and approaches that create the "flavor of the month" mentality.
ProAct Safety® recently compiled data on over 1,100 sites that requested our help in improving safety. The commonalities of these sites' issues has led to a new approach to solving safety problems and permanently implementing continuous improvement. The approach includes organizational structure, problem identification, issue prioritization, action plan development, improvement metrics, and a motivational and marketing strategy to ensure sustainability. The process is called STEPS (Strategic Targets for Excellent Performance in SafetySM).

Objectives:

  1. Develop a solid understanding of a safety excellence strategy
  2. Learn the leading causes of safety program ineffectiveness and failure
  3. Examine a standard methodology used by excellent safety organizations to identify virtually any type of safety issue or problem
  4. Learn to use statistical tools to prioritize issues by their potential impact
  5. Learn to develop action plans to solve safety problems
  6. Explore innovative ways to measure success and progress
  7. Discover how one process can replace multiple programs and allow for seamless transition of focus without causing a flavor-of-the-month culture

Workshop Takeaways - Attendees will be provided with:

  • Electronic Materials (Templates) to return to their organization and facilitate discussions for the creation of their unique safety excellence strategy.
  • A 60-Minute Recorded High-Level Webinar outlining the key STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence methodologies. This will help convey the messages and build support and understanding for the necessary path forward. Moreover, this can also help during on-boarding of future leaders to provide an understanding of why the strategy was created, furthering the future support necessary as the organization continuously improves safety performance and culture and acquires or promotes new leadership talent.
  • Access to Shawn M. Galloway or Terry L. Mathis from 8 am to 5 pm CT during the week by email and phone for one month following the workshop, to help support efforts by coaching and advising through the initial creation of the strategy. If not immediately available, calls and emails will be returned within 24 hours.
  • A personalized autographed copy of the book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence.

For more information, visit this link.

See you there!

Shawn M. Galloway
ProAct Safety, Inc.