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By Josh Williams, Ph.D. The world lost a great safety champion last week in former Treasury Secretary and Alcoa Chairman and CEO Paul O’Neill. O’Neill was a fierce advocate of employee safety and took big risks (and won!) going “all in” on injury prevention. He took the bold step of saying there were no budget constraints for safety at Alcoa, even if that meant lost revenue and an unhappy Board of Directors. O’Neill famously stated, “I was prepared to accept the consequences of spending whatever it took to become the safest company in the world”1. He told staff that there was no

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By Madison Hanscom, Ph.D.It is the responsibility of leaders to demonstrate how to act during times of uncertainty. At its core, walking the talk involves leaders acting in ways that align with their stated values and the stated values of the company. When a leader practices what they preach, this builds trust among followers, which is the belief that leaders will act in their best interest. This in turn helps create improved safety culture, morale, and safety outcomes. Although employees always look to leaders as role models, this is particularly important during times of crisis. During difficult moments like the

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By Josh Williams, Ph.D.For years, organizations have used IQ tests as a selection component for hiring new leaders. Psychologists have studied leader emergence for centuries and found IQ to be near the top of the list for predictive traits. This should be no surprise. Strong analytical skills are needed to deal with a numerous, competing challenges at higher organizational levels. However, many believe EQ, or emotional intelligence, may be equally important. In fact, one study showed 71% of executives value EQ over IQ with their leaders (https://www.careerbuilder.ca). Emotional intelligence reflects our ability to recognize our own emotions, and those of others, and

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By Kelly Hamilton, Madison Hanscom, & Josh Williams It's not uncommon for leaders – who are pulled in many directions at once – to take shortcuts when it comes to safety. This can be detrimental, however, to safety culture and employees’ safety behaviors. In fact, research has shown that when employees perceive their leaders are not acting in ways that align with the company’s stated safety values, it leads to a decrease in safety compliance, a decrease in prioritization of avoiding accidents, and an increase in injuries.  Leaders who effectively “walk the talk” demonstrate to employees that their safety is the main

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By KyoungHee Choi During these uncertain times, it’s not unusual for leaders to experience high levels of pressure and stress. I want to share a simple art therapy exercise that can help you reduce your stress and anxiety as you improve your mindfulness and focus. Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst described MANDALA art therapy as “a representation of the unconscious self.” So, what is MANDALA art therapy and how can we use it?  What is MANDALA art therapy?  MANDALA art therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which a trained art therapist guides a person through coloring processes using geometric patterns in an

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By Madison Hanscom, Ph.D. When faced with a crisis, it is up to leaders to lay out and live the vision for employees. Where you place emphasis will demonstrate what the company values during a time of uncertainty. Building and living the vision means painting a picture for employees of desired performance and including organizational values in everyday interactions. Think about what you want employees to come away with during a time of hardship and what you want this message to be: Struggle or resiliency? Panic or preparedness? Leaders play a central role in rallying employees around a common purpose or

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