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  • Aligning Executive Pay with the Goal of Fatality Elimination

    By Kristen Bell • March 25, 2024
    In the complex landscape of corporate governance, compensation committees and boards of directors face the critical task of designing executive compensation packages that not only drive performance but also align with the organization’s core values and safety improvement strategy. This alignment is crucial in industries …
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  • How Leadership Decision Making Influences Worker Well-Being

    By Tom Krause • September 26, 2023
    Organizational leaders are increasingly concerned with the well-being of people in their organization, and they should be. Interpersonal conflict, frustration, detachment, absenteeism, and chronic stress are all signs that burnout or turnover are approaching. At a deeper level is the person’s sense of connectedness, inclusion, and efficacy. Deeper still, people want to be part of…
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  • Building a Deeper Relationship between Operations and Safety

    By Tony Paul • July 31, 2023
    The purpose of this article is to challenge the traditional relationship between senior operations leaders and leaders in the safety function, using the risk matrix as an exemplar and catalyst for change. We contend the traditional relationship has the operations leader delegating pivotal safety decisions to their safety counterparts. The lack of involvement contributes to…
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  • What Every Executive Should Look for in a Safety Dashboard

    By Kristen Bell • August 29, 2022
    Why Your Safety Dashboard Deserves Executive Attention On the day of his retirement, the head of EHS at a large, global manufacturing company sent a note filled with advice for his friends and colleagues. This note summed up his decades-long experience.  The first item on this list was “Stop the Spitting Contest,” or something to…
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  • The Roles of Decision Making and Behavior in Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic

    By Tom Krause • August 13, 2020
    Whether sitting at the local, regional, or company-wide levels of your organization, leaders who want to develop and sustain high levels of reliability around the Covid-19 safeguards need to do these four things.
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  • ABC Analysis

    By Kristen Bell • August 13, 2020
    Here’s a 5-step method for an ABC analysis, with an example. Step 1 Pinpoint a single action that you want to change. Be extremely specific. Think of a specific person, at a specific point in time, in a specific situation. Step 2 Identify as many antecedents that were present in that specific situation. Antecedents are…
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  • 7 Insights into COVID-19 Prevention

    By David Libby • June 11, 2020
    Long before COVID-19 upended life as we know it, there were organizations demonstrating exceptional safety leadership. We are proud to have worked with countless safety professionals and leaders, from small companies and major global organizations alike, who ‘Get It’ when it comes to safety. We even wrote a book about what distinguishes a leader who…
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  • Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention – 10 Years Later

    By Tom Krause • May 29, 2020
    Our first study on serious injury and fatality prevention revealed that these types of incidents had very different precursors compared to other types of injuries. Now, taking this understanding to the next level, our continued research has shown the need to look at where organizations sit on the SIF Maturity Curve.
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  • Do Your Leaders Understand How Safe Decisions and Safe Behaviors Work Together? COVID-19 as an SIF Issue

    By Tom Krause • April 23, 2020
    Within the network of causal factors underlying incident causation are two points of intersection: the safety related decisions that are made, and the safe behaviors performed. This applies across levels, from the board of directors to the front-line worker, but the dynamics change depending on level and role. In order to craft and execute optimal SIF prevention strategies, including COVID-19, our leaders need to understand the dynamic relationship between decision making and behavior, at all levels.
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Here you will find some of our best insights into safety leadership, culture, SIF Prevention and decision-making.

Organizational Decision Making for Safety: Part 2

When we think about the sheer numbers of decisions made by leaders the task of improving them all seems quite daunting. The study identified a subset of decisions which had the greatest impact on 60 serious and fatal events. This article outlines an improvement strategy for organizations based on the findings.

Organizational Decision Making for Safety: Part 1

The notion that leadership matters to organizational safety is intuitive for most people. Despite this understanding, safe decision making is an aspect of leadership that has not received enough attention.