Please enjoy this well-written safety culture case study by Rodd Wagner Paul O’Neill’s tenure at the helm of Alcoa is now the stuff of legend. Introduced to a group of investors and analysts in October 1987, he didn’t talk about revenue and expenses and debt ratios and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization. “I … Continued
The Responsibility Ethic made the BC Business Best Seller list for the 3rd week running. Thank you BC Business! I’m on a mission to help individuals take responsibility for their self-leadership and personal and professional goals, and as a result, drive team and organization’s success. I train teams at organizations across the globe, and offer … Continued
Why Responsibility? Some people wish for a better future. Some merely watch the present unfold. Others simply wonder, what happened? Those of us who are successful, take responsibility. We are the ones who make success happen. As a society, we have been oversold the quick fixes. Be the boss now. Lose weight faster. Outsource your life. … Continued
Do you have a positive journaling habit? A key habit that can help us sustain high productivity is a short, daily journal based upon the tenets of high-performance and positive psychology.
Do you set clear boundaries of deliverables for team members at the outset of a project? I call this practice ‘setting the box of action’. Define the box, clarify uncertainties, and then let your team members get to work. As long as the box is large, with plenty of room for flexibility, creativity and ownership … Continued
How do you deal with criticism? When criticised, do you take offence? Ignore? Defend? Where most of us dread or avoid criticism, a better option is to choose to welcome it. View it constructively, as if someone is offering you a gift – a gift that you can choose to accept or decline. Think of … Continued
When debriefing post success or failure, are you separating your feelings from facts? One of the biggest mistakes we can make while reflecting upon past events is to justify our feelings with emotional reasoning. Just because you feel something, does not make it true. Or, just because something is true, doesn’t mean that your feelings … Continued
Kaizen is the Japanese concept of continual improvement. There is always more work to do, because the work is not yet perfect. Can I increase the quality? Can I increase the speed of production? Can I decrease the cost? Toyota does it and they make great cars. You can do it and be a better … Continued
Providence can change your life. Here is a quick lesson on how it works: Dream up a big goal Tell key supporters about your big goal Be humble and let go of outcome Act boldly The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. All sorts of things will occur to help one … Continued
Resiliency is powerful. It changes the world. Did Nelson Mandela stop when he was arrested for his anti-apartheid politics? Nope.