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By KyoungHee Choi “What is the Flip side?” This is a great question, designed to get us thinking about things in a different way. Flip side leadership is looking at problems and solutions through a new lens by considering a different or opposite aspect, possibility, situation, or result. For leaders, it is a powerful catalyst for integrating creative thinking and new insights into your organization culture. Business leaders recognize the creativity gap in their organizations: While roughly 82% of companies connect creativity with strong business results, only 11% agree that their organizations implement creative thinking as a core element in their business

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By Eric Michrowski Observations have been and continue to be a powerful tool for improving safety performance – especially when they are used to their full potential. They allow leaders to recognize good safety behavior and opportunities for improvement. Unfortunately, in too many cases, the focus is placed on the volume of observations instead of the quality conversations taking place. People get stuck in a loop of filling out paperwork for the sake of meeting a certain quota, forgetting to take the quality of observations into account and losing sight of their ultimate goals: preventing injuries and saving lives. In fact, in

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By Eduardo Lan None of us is born or even goes through our first job thinking safety is important. At first, safety is something that is either a non-issue or an imposition, and rarely anybody I know starts off with a clear why for safety that impacts both their words and actions. In fact, many workers we encounter as part of our work at Propulo Consulting believe that accidents are things that happen to other people. Many of us feel the same way! Somewhere along our professional or life journey, however, something happens for some of us that changes everything. This something can

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By Eduardo Lan Most of the executives and senior leaders we talk to understand the crucial role that foremen and supervisors play in determining the success of any business, operation or project in all aspects related to productivity, quality and safety. After all, it is they, foremen and supervisors, who set the day-to-day agenda, tone, priorities and overall direction for all workers and lead the organizational subculture that drives daily decisions and behaviours out on the frontlines, where it most counts. It is no wonder, then, that frontline leadership is often referred to as the point at which "the rubber meets

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By Josh Williams, Ph.D. There are many parallels between exceptional safety leadership and sports. It takes proper planning and execution to be a consistent winner. Doing things right on the front end influences the scoreboard on the back end…whether it’s Michigan vs. Ohio State or SIF rate reductions. Great leadership is great leadership, regardless of the context. Here are some lessons learned from the sports world to improve your own safety leadership. Recruit Better There’s an axiom in sports that “it’s as much about the Jimmys and Joes as it is the Xs and Os.” To be a winner, you’ve got to recruit the

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By Josh Williams, Ph.D. We have spent years working with organizations to improve safety leadership. This includes extensive coaching, training, and safety culture assessments. During assessments, we spend many hours with employees at all organizational levels getting safety feedback via interviews, focus groups, walkarounds, surveys, and other sources. We’ve also done front-line safety culture training for two decades. During this time, we’ve heard many recurring themes from employees about how to improve safety leadership. Here is a Top 10 list of recommendations for improvement from the perspective of front-line employees.   1. Don’t Blame People When They Get Hurt Some management groups use

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