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Phil La Duke

Principle Consultant at Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Allen Park, MI, United States

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Phil La Duke is a Safety Thought Leader and Culture Transformation Architect at ERM, the world’s leading sustainability consultancy. He is author of the books, I Know My Shoes Are Untied. Mind Your Own Business and Lone Gunman: Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence Prevention (Marriah publications), and has over 300 works in print

While La Duke has over twenty years of safety, training, leadership development, performance improvement, and lean manufacturing experience; he’s perhaps best known for his thought leadership in the world of business and worker safety. The prolific author pens a weekly blog (www.philladuke.wordpress.com), is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur magazine, guest posts for Monster.com’s blogs, the popular Australian blog www.safetyrisk.com.au, and articles for numerous magazines on six continents. La Duke’s provocative and sometimes controversial style garnered him positions on ISHN’s Power 101, and its list of Up and Comers in Safety Thought Leadership. His work is listed as recommended reading by several professional organizations including the European Society of Process Safety Engineers (ESPSE).

Despite having amassed a body of work in excess of 300 peer-reviewed articles he is far from a mere theoretician. Phil has practical, real-world experience implementing large-scale safety culture interventions for the auto industry, heavy truck manufacturing, healthcare, aerospace, logistics, entertainment, Oil & Gas, and mining. He has designed and led major change interventions throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Hungary, Japan, and Germany.

La Duke is a widely sought and popular speaker and consultant who has presented at numerous international conferences including the ENFORM’s Banff 2013, the National Safety Council, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers (CSE), the Society for Manufacturing Engineer’s (SME), the Instituto De Minera Segurido, and many more.

Specialties: Culture change, Healthcare training, Worker Safety, Workers' Comp Cost Reduction, Lean Manufacturing, Training, Program Management, Quality Operating Systems, Corporate Turn-Arounds. Lean Principles in Health Care, Just Culture

Phil La DukePoints
Academic120
Author880
Influencer396
Speaker208
Entrepreneur290
Total1894

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Performance Assurance
Theatre: Global
Media Experience: 30
Last Media Interview: 08/20/2018

Areas of Expertise

Design Thinking 45.60
Health and Safety 100
Innovation 77.61
Leadership 100
Lean Startup 38.75
Management 92.75
Marketing 51.65
Procurement 35.38
Social 100
Startups 50.82
Sustainability 100
Emerging Technology 93.96
Culture 98.60
Future of Work 100
HR 62.03
Open Innovation
Agile 48.71
Predictive Analytics 100
Digital Disruption 33.62
Customer Experience 38.35
IoT 30.33
Digital Transformation 30.60
Change Management 48.97
Analytics 56.96
Healthtech 100
Entrepreneurship 65.43
Sales 32.27
Risk Management 100
Supply Chain 38.26
Business Strategy 35.45

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Agriculture & Mining
Automotive
Chemicals
Consumer Products
Engineering & Construction
Healthcare
Higher Education & Research
Manufacturing
Media
Metal Products
Oil & Gas
Other
Primary Metal & Steel
Professional Services
Textiles Production
Travel & Transportation
Wholesale Distribution

Publications

1 Academic Whitepaper
Peopology Is Not About Change, But Sustainable Transformation Leader’s Roles and Responsibilities
Jurgen Tietz
January 14, 2019
Quoted in a white paper by Jürgen Tietz

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Tags: Change Management, Culture, Leadership

2 Advisory Board Memberships
Editorial Advisor
OTI Communications
July 03, 2006
Editorial Advisor to Facility Safety Management magazine

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Tags: Health and Safety, Supply Chain, Sustainability

Contributing Editor and Columnist
Alliance Communications
July 03, 2006
Contributing Editor and Columnist for Fabricating and Metalworking magazine

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Tags: Culture, Health and Safety, Sustainability

707 Article/Blogs
“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Christina Kumar
Authority
September 08, 2019
Last one for today...

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Tags: Startups, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

“5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became a CEO” with Gillian Levy of Humboldt Apothecary
Authority
September 06, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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Tags: Innovation, Startups, Entrepreneurship

“5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became a CEO” with Chessa Eskandanian-Yee of LeaderEQ
Authority
September 06, 2019
The best path to success is to learn from successful people. Here is yet another interview with a powerful, successful woman.

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Kaylin R. Staten An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 06, 2019
You never know what spark will inspire you to achieve greatness. Maybe this will be the it. I dare you to share.

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Stephanie Malik An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 06, 2019
The best way to avoid 20:20 hindsight is to learn from other people's mistakes and insights. Continuing my series of interviews with powerful women...

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Lucy Hackshaw of Flux An Interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 06, 2019

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Dr. Shirag Shemmassian of Shemmassian Academic Consulting An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 06, 2019
Life is a journey, don't let your job turn it into a forced march

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“5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became an Executive” with Jo Deal, Chief Human Resources Officer of LogMeIn
Authority
September 05, 2019
Continuing my series on powerful women

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Tags: Innovation, Startups, Entrepreneurship

“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO ” with Marianne Harrison, CEO of John Hancock An Interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 05, 2019
Continuing my series on powerful women

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Tags: Innovation, Startups, Entrepreneurship

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Allison Jackson An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 04, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers

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Tags: Innovation, Startups, Entrepreneurship

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Naomi Sheehy of Ireland Luxury Travel
Authority
September 04, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers

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Tags: Innovation, Startups, Entrepreneurship

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With with Margaret Williamson
Authority
September 04, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers

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Tags: Innovation, Startups, Entrepreneurship

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With with Chef Chew
Authority
September 04, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers

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Tags: Innovation, Startups, Entrepreneurship

“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Sallie Krawcheck of Ellevest
Authority
September 04, 2019
Continuing my series on powerful women

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Tags: Innovation, Startups, Entrepreneurship

“5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became an EVP” with Fiona Bruder, of George P. Johnson (GPJ)
Authority
September 03, 2019
Continuing my series on powerful women for Authority magazine

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Tags: Analytics, Future of Work, Change Management

“From Avocation To Vocation: How We Turned Our Hobby Into A Career” With Inessa & Alina Vike
Authority
September 03, 2019
Continuing in my series on people who turned their hobbies into lucrative careers

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Tags: Startups, Future of Work, Entrepreneurship

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Jennifer Melpignano
Authority
September 03, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned their hobby into a career

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Tags: Startups, Future of Work, Entrepreneurship

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Robert Eagar of Buckhead Film Group
Authority
September 02, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned their hobby into a career

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Kelan Kline
Authority
September 02, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned their hobby into a career

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Tristan Gutner
Authority
September 02, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned their hobby into a career

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Elise Caira of Sweat Fixx
Authority
September 01, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned their hobby into a career

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An Unkind Word Does Not A Bully Make
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August 31, 2019
Phil La Duke AuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own Business and Lone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence A couple of weeks back I witnessed an exchange that has stuck with me. A loudmouth blob of a man who looked to be one Whopper away from a fatal coronary called an […

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Julie Gordon White, CEO at The Well for Women Entrepreneurs
Thrive Global
August 29, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Kristin Groos Richmond and Kirsten Saenz Tobey of Revolution Foods
Thrive Global
August 29, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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Tags: Innovation, Startups, Entrepreneurship

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Adam Boeselager founder of Legacybox
Thrive Global
August 29, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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Tags: Innovation, Startups, Entrepreneurship

Jennifer Schwartz, VP at Fender Musical Instruments Corporation: “Use clear, strong language when communicating; In order to gain confidence from executives, you need to make sure you use the language that reflects that confidence”
Thrive Global
August 29, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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Beatrice Feliu-Espada: “Take time to breathe; It can feel like everything needs to be done in two minutes but burning out and depleting yourself doesn’t do you or your team any good”
Thrive Global
August 29, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career”, With Feodor Kouznetso
Thrive Global
August 28, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career”, With Daniel Chan
Thrive Global
August 28, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“Being humble and supportive are extremely undervalued qualities in executive roles” with Julia Hunter, CEO of Jenni Kayne
Thrive Global
August 28, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Laura Silver, CEO of Blue Door Communications
Thrive Global
August 28, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Jillian Ryan, CEO of Marie Mae Company
Thrive Global
August 28, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Brittany Finkle, CEO of Happily Ever Borrowed
Thrive Global
August 28, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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From Avocation To Vocation: “How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” with Catherine Tingey
Thrive Global
August 28, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Vered DeLeeuw
Thrive Global
August 28, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Carla Lyles founder of Carla Sue Greeting Cards & Gifts
Thrive Global
August 28, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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Is it wrong?
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August 20, 2019
That I give less and less a shit about safety every minute of every day? Persist in your stupidity. It is your right. Advertisements

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Tags: Health and Safety

“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Mariel Beasley, CEO and Co-Founder of Duke University’s Common Cents Lab An interview with Phil La Duke
Thrive Global
August 14, 2019
Another in my series of articles on Powerful Women

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Tags: Customer Experience, Leadership, Business Strategy

“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Ambika Singh of Armoire An interview with Phil La Duke
Thrive Global
August 14, 2019
Another in my series of articles on Powerful Women

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Tags: Customer Experience, Leadership, Business Strategy

“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Monica Guild
Thrive Global
August 14, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Andrea Loubier
Thrive Global
August 14, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Laura Spawn
Thrive Global
August 14, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Paige Velasquez
Thrive Global
August 14, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Anne Huelett
Thrive Global
August 14, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Paige Arnof-Fenn
Thrive Global
August 14, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Tracey Welson-Rossman
Thrive Global
August 14, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Dr. Linda F. Williams
Thrive Global
August 14, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Aliza Sherman
Thrive Global
August 14, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Erin Hatzikostas
Thrive Global
August 14, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career”, With Declan Edwards of BU Coaching
Thrive Global
August 14, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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Tags: Change Management, Entrepreneurship, Startups

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career”, With Julie Sihgn
Thrive Global
August 14, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CCO” with Emma Andrews of BevCanna Enterprises
Authority
August 11, 2019
Another in my series of articles on Powerful Women

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Tags: Business Strategy, Customer Experience, Leadership

“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Mariel Beasley, CEO and Co-Founder of Duke University’s Common Cents Lab An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
August 11, 2019
Another in my series of articles on Powerful Women

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Tags: Business Strategy, Customer Experience, Leadership

“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Jennifer Keough, CEO and Founder of JND Legal Administration An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
August 11, 2019
Another in my series of articles on Powerful Women

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Tags: Business Strategy, Customer Experience, Leadership

I Don’t Even Know Who We Are Anymore
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August 11, 2019
Phil La Duke AuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own Business and Lone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence As many of you surely know by know, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) turned down the inclusion of my books in their library; I was disappointed—not j

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Mass Shootings Aren’t the Same As Workplace Violence Events
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August 05, 2019
AuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own Business and Lone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence I have been writing magazine articles and blogging for over 13 years and my tone has remained essentially the same: caustic, sarcastic, and angry.  My father died prematurely of meso

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CCO” with Emma Andrews of BevCanna Enterprises
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
Another in my series of articles on Powerful Women

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Emma Andrews
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Mario Beasley
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Jennifer Keough
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
A reprint by Thrive Global

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Bhupi Singh, founder of The Spanish Sandal Co
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
Thrive Global reprinted my article from Authority

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Tags: Future of Work, Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy

“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO”, With Charlotte Hale of Plum Pretty Sugar
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
Thrive Global reprinted my article from Authority

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“5 things wish I’d known before becoming a CEO” with Amy Richardson-Golia Founder of June & January
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
Thrive Global reprinted my article from Authority

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” With Barrie Schwartz, founder of My House Event
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
Thrive Global reprinted my article from Authority

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Stephanie Wijkstrom
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
Thrive Global reprinted my article from Authority

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Romy Taormina
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
Thrive Global reprinted my article from Authority

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Nazlia Yunus
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
Thrive Global reprinted my article from Authority

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Trivinia Barber
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
Thrive Global reprinted my article from Authority

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Tracy Lamourie
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
Thrive Global reprinted my article from Authority

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a President” with Gina Pomponi Of Bluewater Media
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
Thrive Global reprinted my article from Authority

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Kara Landau: “5 things wish I’d known before becoming a CEO”
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
Thrive Global reprinted my article from Authority

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Elizabeth Gerbel
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
Thrive Global picked up my series on Powerful Women

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“5 Things I Wish Someone Told me Before I Became a CEO” With Katie Cunningham of LYFETYMES
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
Thrive Global picked up my series on Powerful Women

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“5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became a CEO” with Robyn Matarazzo of Illumination PR
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
Thrive Global picked up my series on Powerful Women

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Layla Lisiewski
Thrive Global
August 04, 2019
Thrive Global picked up my series on Powerful Women

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5 types of violence at work: Recruiting is where you spot red flags
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
August 04, 2019
Workplace violence doesn't always fit nicely into our world view.

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WORKPLACE VIOLENCE How Outside Problems Affect the Workplace
American Society Of Safety Professionals
August 02, 2019
Article for ASSP for their women in safety magazine
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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Ambika Singh of Armoire An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
August 02, 2019
Continuing in my series on Powerful Women

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Ambika Singh of Armoire An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
July 31, 2019
One of many interviews I conducted with powerful women

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Kara Landau: “5 things wish I’d known before becoming a CEO” An Interview With Phil La Duke
Authority
July 31, 2019
Continuing my series on Powerful Women for Authority Magazine

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Bhupi Singh, founder of The Spanish Sandal Co An Interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
July 31, 2019
Continuing my series on Powerful Women for Authority Magazine

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“5 things wish I’d known before becoming a CEO” with Amy Richardson-Golia Founder of June & January An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
July 31, 2019
Continuing my series on Powerful Women for Authority Magazine

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” With Barrie Schwartz, founder of My House… An Interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
July 31, 2019
Continuing my series on Powerful Women for Authority Magazine

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Stephanie Wijkstrom
Authority
July 31, 2019
One of many interviews I conducted with powerful women

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Resilience Is the Only Way To Combat Fatigue
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July 30, 2019
by Phil La DukeAuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own Business and Lone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted and no, I am not off somewhere pouting.  I just spent two weeks on a movie shoot in the capacity of a Production Safety

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5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO with with Trivinia Barber of Priority VA
Medium
July 29, 2019
Sixth in my series for Authority magazine on powerful women

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5 things I wish someone told me before I became a President with withGina Pomponi Of Bluewater Media
Medium
July 29, 2019
Seventh in my series for Authority magazine on powerful women

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"5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO" with Tracy Lamourie
Medium
July 29, 2019
Eight in my series on powerful women for Authority magazine

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a President” with Gina Pomponi Of Bluewater Media
Authority
July 29, 2019
Continuing my series on Powerful Women for Authority Magazine

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Tracy Lamourie
Authority
July 29, 2019
Continuing my series on Powerful Women for Authority Magazine

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Brenda Christensen
Authority
July 29, 2019
Continuing my series on Powerful Women for Authority Magazine

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5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO with Elizabeth Gerbel of EAG Services An Interview With Phil LaDuke
Medium
July 25, 2019
Second in my series for Authority magazine on powerful women

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5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO with Katie Cunningham of LYFETYMES
Medium
July 25, 2019
Third in my series for Authority magazine on powerful women

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5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO with Robyn Matarazzo of Illumination PR
Medium
July 25, 2019
Fourth in my series for Authority magazine on powerful women

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5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO with with Layla Lisiewski
Medium
July 25, 2019
Fifth in my series for Authority magazine on powerful women

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Okay sorry I haven’t posted
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July 25, 2019
I’ve been working long hours working production safety on a major motion picture and have a book signing Saturday. Until then My second in a series on Women CEOs. Read it. Love it. Share it. I am a needy, needy, little man. https://medium.com/authority-magazine/5-things-i-wish-someone-told-me-befo

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5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO with Brenda Christensen
Medium
July 24, 2019
First in my series for Authority magazine on powerful women

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We Aren’t Gods; We Can’t Control Everything
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July 13, 2019
AuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own Business and Lone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence Several weeks back I spoke at ASSP’s Safety 2019 on the topic of Worker Fatigue and Well-Being and today I got my reviews. They were mixed, but I am used to that—I have a polarizi

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Building A Business Case for Safety
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July 08, 2019
By Phil La Duke I Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own Business and Lone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence\ A LinkedIn contact asked me if I could provide some guidance on how to build a business case for safety to, as she put it, shut up some water heads.  I am […]

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Free Book Giveaway Ends Today
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July 06, 2019
The #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: Lone Gunman: Rewriting The Handbook On Workplace Violence Prevention. https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/6e63564c0d5f92bb NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends today @  11:59 PM PDT, if you are a US resident (Amazon‘s requirement not mine) and 18 years of age enter soo

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Free Book Give Away
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July 03, 2019
The #AmazonGiveaway (for a chance to win: Lone Gunman: Rewriting The Handbook On Workplace Violence Prevention.) ends July 6th and would really love to give away all six books, but time is running out! Please share so I can give out all the prizes. It’s a numbers game so, like voting in Chicago, e

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Safety Can Never Be A Science
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June 25, 2019
Phil La DukeAuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own Business and Lone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence I have often said, put three safety nerds in a room and you will end up with seven opinions.  This is conceptually fine—after all we are all entitled to our own opinino

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Four Things Happened in New Orleans Last Week
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June 16, 2019
By Phil La DukeAuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own Business and Lone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence Four things happened in New Orleans last week—well a lot more than four things happened but I only am going to mention four of them.  Event 1: I spoke at the America

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Buy and Expense 6 Copies of Lone Gunman: Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence Prevention
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June 16, 2019
Why buy six copies? It’s easier just to show you.

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Just a quick note
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June 07, 2019
As I rush around preparing for my speech at the American Society for Safety Professionals I just want to take a moment to send out my heart felt gratitude to the many people who read this blog, read the published articles, and buy and read my books. No ulterior motive just thank you. Advertisements

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This Could Have (And Should Have) Been Prevented
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June 02, 2019
By Phil La DukeAuthor I Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own Business and Lone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence At the risk of being accused of being gauché, opportunistic, or just an out-and-out insensitive son of a bitch;  I told you so. A few days ago there was another work

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So You Want To Be A Contributor to Entrepreneur
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June 02, 2019
By Phil La DukeAuthor I Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own Business and Lone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence  “So you want to be a rock and roll star? Well. listen here to what I say. Just get yourself an electric guitar and take some time to learn how to play,”— [R

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Saving Lives Through Wearable Technology
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May 25, 2019
This week’s blog is actually a guest blog from Joe Flanagan, Joe has over 14 years experience in electronic engineering. He is currently a Project Engineer at Tacuna Systems, a force measurement specialist. He specializes in data acquisition, sensing and controls. For the record, Joe didn’t choo

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Take My Advice…Or Don’t. Bad Advice is Worse than No Advice
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May 19, 2019
By Phil La Duke AuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own Business andLone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence I am a consultant, which means that I give advice for a living.I’m not attached to any given methodology and like to think that I , first and foremost put the custome

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Workplace Violence Against Women Is a National Disgrace
Medium
May 15, 2019
Murder is the #1 cause of death for women in the workplace and 70% of non-lethal assaults are directed at women. Of the women killed, 43% are killed by a family member or a domestic partner. This truly is a national disgrace

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There’s No Hope With Dope
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May 12, 2019
By Phil La DukeAuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own Business andLone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence Full Disclosure: My ex-wife died of a heroin overdose three years ago leaving two daughters to pick up the pieces so I don’t have a ton sympathy for drug enthusiasts.

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Cowards!
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May 04, 2019
By Phil La Duke I’m angry today, and I hope I can make you angry too.  A week and a half ago, I wrote an article for Entrepreneur magazine on a recent report that predicted that by the year 2030 (11 years for now for the mathematically challenged among you) 77 million US jobs will […]

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Domestic Violence is Often the Cause Of Workplace Violence
Entrepreneur
May 03, 2019
Women are disproportionately murdered in the workplace but no one seems to care.

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Foot Protection
HSME
April 29, 2019
An article on foot protection in HSME magazine, the largest Health and Safety Magazine servicing the Middle East

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Safety Always Seems To Be Late To the Party
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April 28, 2019
By Phil La DukeAuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own Business andLone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence “You don’t know what’s going on. You’ve been away for far too long” —Out Of Time, The Rolling Stones As I sat pondering what topic, if anything, I should pro

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Robots Are Stealing Our Jobs
Entrepreneur Magazine
April 23, 2019
With all the discussion about illegal immigrants stealing our jobs, the number pales in comparison to the number of jobs evaporating because of automation.

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Fighting A Losing Battle Against Burnout
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April 21, 2019
By Phil La Duke AuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own BusinessLone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence It’s 3:27 a.m. Easter Sunday and I can’t sleep.  I was awakened by the thought that Easter is a time of renewal.   Not just for Christians, but for everyone. Some ea

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5 Facts You Need To Know About Legal Cannabis And Employment
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April 13, 2019
  By Phil La DukeAuthor, Influencer, Global Business Consultant Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own BusinessLone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence While many 46 US States have legalized marijuana for medical and even recreational use, there are many misconceptions among cannabi

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If you haven’t already picked up a copy of a know my shoes are untied here’s your chance to win one for free
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April 10, 2019
See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: I Know My Shoes Are Untied.: Mind Your Own Business!. https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/23bf5d1017cdead1 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Apr 17, 2019 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.

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You Can’t Solve Dynamic Problems Using Static Solutions
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April 06, 2019
By Phil La DukeAuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own BusinessLone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence Prevention  Have you ever wondered why so many safety people have a bug (or if you prefer a wild hair) up the collective ass of the profession? Okay, that should get the se

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The Duration Defense Can Be Deadly
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March 30, 2019
By Phil La DukeAuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own BusinessLone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence Were you to ask, as I have, a person who is operating in the line of fire without taking the necessary safety precautions why they were doing so, you probably have heard “

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Well, That’s News To Me
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March 24, 2019
By Phil La Duke AuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own BusinessLone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence  “I was aware of breast cancer and I got it anyway”—an anonymous reader I have railed against awareness campaigns for over a decade, but one thing I’ve learned abo

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Sick and Tired Of Safety
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March 17, 2019
By Phil La DukeAuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own BusinessLone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence For  many safety practitioners the cure-all for worker safety is if the “idiots would just pay attention and do what they are told, we wouldn’t have injuries.” I have

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Making Fun Of Safety: The Killing Joke
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March 10, 2019
By Phil La DukeAuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own BusinessLone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence Monty Python has a joke, the premise of which is that either the Allies or the Germans (I’m sorry but I don’t remember which) created a joke so funny that whoever heard

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Same Snake Oil Different Bottle More on Preventing Workplace Violence
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March 03, 2019
By Phil La DukeAuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own BusinessLone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence This week I did something I seldom do before writing my blog post I reread last weeks post As I prepare to head to the American Society of Safety Professionals Bay A

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These Deaths Were Easily Preventable
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February 23, 2019
By Phil La DukeAuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own BusinessLone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence I was about halfway through my third book a couple of months ago when my publisher called me and asked me what I know about single-shooter events in the workplace and I tol

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How to Build a Foundation of Respect in the Workplace
Pro Sky
February 23, 2019
“These millennials just don’t want to work.” If I’ve heard this complaint once, I have heard it a hundred times. I am not a millennial, but I have found that what millennials want and expect from employers is not all that different from what we all want and expect from our employers. In fact, it’s the criterion for whether or not we consider our employer a good employer or a bad employer; whether a workplace is a place where we want to make a career or a placeholder until we find a better “fit”.

What is this magic formula? What is this silver bullet? Respect!

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I’m too ill to write
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February 17, 2019
By Phil La Duke I’m sorry to disappoint but I have taken ill. No writing this week.

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Gratitude Changes Everything
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February 13, 2019
By Phil La DukeAuthor I Know My Shoes Are Untied. Mind Your Own Business! Lone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence I was hammering away on my third book (working title) Blood In My Pockets is Blood On Your Hands, Unlike the first book, which was a compendium of blog posts, magazi

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Just Terriers With A Rat
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February 10, 2019
By Phil La DukeAuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own BusinessLone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence I dont want to write. My mood is sour and my disposition is foul. Writing this has become a chore and inevitably and increasingly I have people pressuring me what to sa

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Believing Something Doesn’t Make It True
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February 03, 2019
By Phil La Duke AuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own BusinessLone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by Thrive Global about spirituality and the workplace.  I know many of you wouldn’t have me pegged as a spiritual person, so many

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When Is A Injury From A Work From Home Worker Work-Related
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January 27, 2019
By Phil La DukeAuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own BusinessLone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence This week, while working in my home office, I rushed from my upstairs office to my front door. When I rounded the top of the staircase I lost my balance and fell from the to

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The Value Of Nothing
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January 19, 2019
By Phil La Duke Thanks to all of you who congratulated me for my work anniversary, six whole years at the same company. Hardly impressive, and while my company does its best to show its appreciation to the many talented people working all over the globe even the best of us can feel unappreciated and

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Misleading Indicators
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January 12, 2019
  By Phil La Duke In the last two months or so I have been engaged by multiple parties to talk about lagging and leading indicators. I don’t know what’s driving this conversation, however, I know there is a lot of confusion around this topic and so here I am most probably adding to the […

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Putting Health In Health and Safety
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January 06, 2019
Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com By Phil La Duke I’m hearing a lot about putting “Health” in Health and Safety, and while many of the efforts are well intended many of those are misguided.  Yes, people need to exercise more. Yes, people need to eat right, and yes people need to make health

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Safety Is A Lie
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December 30, 2018
By Phil La Duke I’ve been reading a book about lying, well several. I had to read a lot of books about lying as research for my new book The Lone Gunman: Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence (it’s useful to be able to tell when someone is lying during a job interview when you […]

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We Write the Books We Need To Read
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December 26, 2018
By Phil La Duke There’s an expression among authors, that “we write the books we need to read” and I have been thinking a lot about it.  I ask myself questions like, “do I see in myself that what I loathe in others?” and “am I truly provoking people to get them to think or […]

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Heinrich Is The Enemy Of The Worker
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December 22, 2018
By Phil La Duke The image above is disturbing, and it is not my intention to in any way diminish the seriousness and horrific nature of the Holocaust.  My use here is to reinforce that the same thinking that made the Holocaust possible was the same thinking that shaped Herbert Heinrich’s view of

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Safety Is Hard Enough
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December 15, 2018
By Phil La Duke What you are about to read is likely to upset some of you, even ANGER you.  You see after 12 years of blogging I have learned one immutable truth: The majority of you read my work hoping against hope that I will give you a reason to puff up yourself in […]

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Why Do Anything About Injuries When You Can Pretend to Take Action Instead?
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December 09, 2018
by  Phil La Duke Safety is not a humanitarian effort. We all know the story of the days of yore when the loss of life—from building the pyramids to building the Brooklyn Bridge—was just the cost of doing business. Nobody liked it, but it was like IMPORTANT people died.  After all the workers w

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80% of Safety Practitioners Are Idiots
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December 02, 2018
Photo by Rodolpho Zanardo from Pexels by Phil La Duke Startling title; nasty, mean, condescending and just plain unfair.  It’s not right, it’s not fair,  it’s not just.  So how does it feel? Because as long as we perpetuate the 80% of all injuries are caused by employee behaviors we say tha

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Is Zero Harm a SMART Goal?
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November 26, 2018
By Phil La Duke Ask any member of the cult of safety what the Goal is and through glassy eyes and a smile that can only be produced by Stockholm Syndrome and you will hear in a zombie-like voice, “Zero Harm, the only acceptable goal can be Zero Harm”. Good goal, no question. Well not […]

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Complicity in Failure
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November 18, 2018
By Phil La Duke “Who takes all the glory and none of the shame” Elvis Costello, Tramp The Dirt Down On May 5, 2012, I wrote two blog posts that I intended to be companion pieces, the first An Open Letter to Safety Professionals from the 4,690 Workers Who Died on the Job in the United […]

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Don’t Call Me “Robot”
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November 14, 2018
By Phil La Duke Sorry for the delay in this post.  I was working feverishly to get my second book, Lone Gunman: Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence Prevention, which went to my publisher last night. Expect coercive pressure to come.  But as I was writing about a cold-blooded killer going

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What’s Left To Say When Nobody’s Listening?
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November 05, 2018
Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com By Phil La Duke Last week I wrote a post about my disdain for “predictive analytics” and a reader disagreed with it and told me I should read Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die  By Eric Siegel, So I did. The book is

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Predictive Indicators Are Hogwash
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October 29, 2018
By Phil La Duke I didn’t get my blog written until late last night, because a) I wasn’t feeling well, b)had started a topic that was way too long to post, and c) I was very busy, But something gnawing at me for awhile: this whole emerging infatuation with the idea of “predictive indicators”

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Persuasive Leadership: Or How You Are Likely Wasting Time And Money On Safety Today
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October 20, 2018
Photo courtesy of IMDB by Phil La Duke There’s a piece of trivia about one of my favorite movies, The Godfather.  It’s probably apocryphal (I spent way more time looking online for confirmation, than I should of) but legend has it that when casting the role of Don Vito Corleone, director France

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Safety Differently: The Next Bandwagon On Which To Jump
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October 13, 2018
By Phil La Duke As a big Sidney Dekker fan, I was intrigued by the buzz over his latest offering Safety Differently, so I checked it out, and I have to confess that I was disappointed.  Why? Well, it wasn’t because his work wasn’t spot on, but for a couple of reasons. First of all, […]

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Screw Warnings. Find It and Fix It
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October 05, 2018
By Phil La Duke Too often we are content to slap a sign or label or sticker on a known hazard and call it good. It isn’t. The day is coming when knowing a hazard exists but doing nothing more than putting up “death awaits” sign will be seen as criminally negligent. I am loathed […]

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Stupid Is As Stupid Does
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September 30, 2018
By Phil La Duke When I talk to many safety practitioners invariable the incredible stupidity of the injured worker rears its ugly head.  Well, I’m here to tell you that when it comes to safety there is plenty of stupid to go around. At the forefront of my mind is the absolute and unquestionable s

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Dying to Make a Living
OHS Professional Magazine
September 18, 2018
Article on the link between resilience and worker injuries

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Blood In My Pockets Is Blood On Your Hands
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September 16, 2018
Photo by it’s me neosiam on Pexels.com As some of you know, I am in the process of putting the finishing touches on my second book. It is an expansion of my blog post Forget BBS There Is A Better Way   I have been rightfully criticized for doing too much attacking and not enough constructive cr

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Book Signing In A Detroit Institution
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September 15, 2018
This is not this week’s post. I just wanted to let people know that I will be co-hosting a book signing of I Know My Shoes Are Untied. Mind Your Own Business! at the historic new location of Henry The Hatters’  the oldest Hat Store in the US, on October the 14th, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00

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LinkedIn and Facebook are making…
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September 08, 2018
LinkedIn and Facebook are making it increasingly difficult for me to post from this site to theirs. So what USED to take me 2-3 hours on a Saturday (for free) now takes 5 times that (for free) and I am not sure how long I am going to keep doing this. So if this site […]

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Is Safety A Right Or A Responsibility
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September 08, 2018
By Phil La Duke Yesterday I reposted a blog article of the same name that I wrote and published in 2011 on my own company’s website.  I re-read it and was amazed at how much my outlook had shifted on this matter.  I’m sure it’s the current climate of entitlement  and people ascerting rights

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Is Safety A Right Or A Responsibility?
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September 07, 2018
Originally posted on The Safety Net: Is Safety a Right Or a Responsibility? Is safety a right? Do I as an individual have the right to an injury free workplace, or do I have a responsibility to work safely and avoid injuring myself and others? This seemingly simple question is at the cornerstone of

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If BBS Is So Bad Why Do People Love it So Much?
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September 02, 2018
By Phil La Duke Popularity seldom equals value or worth. When I would criticize a celebrity that I disliked, my late mother would almost always respond, “well they make a lot of money doing that so they must be doing something right,” to which I would respond, “I can make a lot of money robbin

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Ask Me Anything Has Been Extended
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August 28, 2018
by Phil La Duke Ask Me Anything is a forum where people can ask experts anything about (ideally about a specified topic). I hosted one on How to Publish Your Non-Fiction Book and it was so popular that they have decided to extend the question period until Friday at noon. So for those who have [̷

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Answering the Arguments In Favor of BBS
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August 26, 2018
By Phil La Duke No matter how sick you are of reading my tirades against Behavior-Based Safety I can safely assure you that I am far more sick of writing them. Yet here I am again hammering out another post on the virus that is BBS. I know that many of the people who read […]

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If Everyone You Work With Is An Incompetent Maybe You’re the Incompetent
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August 19, 2018
Photo by freestocks.org on Pexels.com By Phil La Duke Have you ever encountered someone doing his or her job half-assed and thought, “how did someone this stupid get any job, never mind THIS job?” Incompetence seems to be everywhere and crosses every industry and too often it does more than inco

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Time to end The Zero Injury Argument
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August 14, 2018
by Phil La Duke It still surprises me that we in safety engage in stupid and exhausting debates, chief among them zero-injury targets.  This might shock some of you but I believe in Zero Injuries, but not in how it is applied in many of our workplaces. Zero injuries should be a value, not a […

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My Latest Article for HSME
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August 08, 2018
By Phil La Duke For those of you who aren’t familiar with “Health and Safety Middle East, it is the Region’s Only Industrial Health and Safety Magazine Promoting holistic occupational safety across the Middle East and Africa, HSME shares best practices and cross-industry knowledge to ensure sa

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My Amazon Author Page is Officially Up
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August 08, 2018
Please use this as the button is being directed to Amazon going forward. amazon.com/author/philladuke  

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My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own Business is Available Via Amazon.com
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August 07, 2018
The day is finally here.  The pre-ordered books are being shipped and though we haven’t officially announced it, the book is now on Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Know-My-Shoes-Are-Untied/dp/1945853123/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533650027&sr=1-1&keywords=Phil+La+Duke It’

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If We Don’t Ensure Contractor Competency We’re Just Rolling the Dice With Safety
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August 06, 2018
by Phil La Duke Whenever I try to talk to a construction worker about safety—usually after they have done something amazingly unsafe—I get the same response “I know all that; we had to take that OSHA course.” I know the OSHA course (and many of the courses required by other governments aroun

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Instinctual Safety
HSME
August 03, 2018
obody talks much about instinct in the context of safety. While we’re quick to point out the need for common sense when it comes to safety, seldom do we consider the unconscious reactions that plunge us in a microsecond from safety into certain death.

Instinct is so little considered that psychologists argue precisely how many “instincts” a human has at birth, if any. And yet how else can we explain the actions of so many people when they rush into danger to save the life of a co-worker or even a stranger? Bravery? Foolhardiness? Stupidity?

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Forget BBS There Is A Better Way
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August 02, 2018
by Phil La Duke Let me begin by thanking one of my readers for suggesting this subject.  I made a remark about how there are far more effective, cheaper, and sustainable ways to address worker safety than BBS, and she was interested in the details.  I will apologize in advance for the length of th

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This Is the Last Week To Order My Book Postage Free
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July 31, 2018
The final changes to my book are being made at the publisher right now.  After these are done the pre-orders will be fulfilled and then it will be available on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel etc.  Here’s the thing, once the book is out of the pre-order stage you will have to pay postage, no […

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You Know What They Say About People Who Can’t Take A Joke
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July 29, 2018
by Phil La Duke I’ve taken a lot of flack over the use because I use humor in presentations and training. It appears that there is always someone with an insect in his anus about humor. I’ve heard everything from “well I don’t think safety should be taken lightly” to “if he wanted to be

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How to Build A Foundation of Respect in the Workplace
The Loszach Blog
May 16, 2018
Everyone seems to be looking for that one magic bullet for successfully engaging and retaining workers; it's not rocket surgery, it's all about respect.

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Cognition Versus Muscle Memory
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May 14, 2018
By Phil La Duke My romantic vis-a-vis works as a seamstress making hot air balloons. The work is hard especially for people just learning to operate an industrial sewing machine, pulling heavy fabric into position and using the tools of the trade. She was telling my a while back about a new worker w

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Spitting on Forest Fires
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May 09, 2018
By Phil La Duke My battle for the safety of my neighborhood continues.  One would think that my request that heavy equipment stop plowing through stop signs at 20+ mph adjacent to a popular park would be a no brainer, and in a way it is.  The people involved seem to have no brains at […]

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Chemical Safety
HSME Magazine
May 02, 2018
Chemicals are everywhere; they are an inescapable part of living. And since every chemical is potentially dangerous it’s important that everyone knows how to protect him or her from the dangers of any given chemical that they may reasonably encounter during their working day. Two of the most abundant chemicals on earth, oxygen and water, probably seem pretty harmless to most people and yet in the right (or wrong) circumstances they can be just as deadly as many toxins of which people are rightfully wary.

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Refuting Forward Facing Parking
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April 27, 2018
by Phil La Duke The National Safety Council Driver safety course recommends that when parking one should pull through a parking space and into the adjoining space such that your vehicle is facing forward. The claim made by this course, and to be fair many safety professionals, is that forward motion

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It’s Hard to Help People Who Refuse To Help Themselves
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April 24, 2018
  Note: I wrote this last weekend and screwed up the publication time so sorry if you were waiting with baited breath for this week’s by Phil La Duke “It’s difficult to help the poor because they make so many poor choices” —Bishop Ken Untner Last week was a weird week for me.  It starte

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When Experience Isn’t the Best Teacher
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April 14, 2018
By Phil La Duke It’s said that you can’t fight city hall, but that’s not right.  You CAN fight city hall, it’s just that if you do you will deal with people so proudly stupid and belligerently ignorant that any victory no matter how great will feel pyrrhic.  Such was the case in my recent

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If You Want to Save Lives Be a Lifeguard
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April 11, 2018
by Phil La Duke I’ve worked in safety to one extent or another for 30 years.  In fact, This June will mark my thirtieth year in a profession that isn’t all that much older than me.  And in that time I’ve met all kinds of safety professionals, from the useless goofballs that the organization

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The Horse Led To Water
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March 31, 2018
By Phil La Duke My romantic entanglement tells a tale of jury duty that I find appropriate to safety. Jury duty has always fascinated me, I get served with notices often but seldom make it past the questions in the selection process.  After sitting eagerly and patiently listening to the patently ab

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Do We Really Care About Under-Reported Injuries?
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March 26, 2018
by Phil La Duke Over the past 12 years of writing this blog I’ve asked a lot of questions relative to what exactly we as a profession care about.  It generally raises a lot of emotional hoohah but relatively few answers. Since emotional histrionics tend to generate a lot of buzz and readers to th

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Does Your Company Value Your Safety?
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March 18, 2018
By Phil La Duke At first glance most of you silently answered, “of course they do” but is your personal safety truly a value of the company?  In many cases while you may think so it just isn’t the case. When I say values, I am talking about the most deeply seated beliefs held by […]

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Phil La Duke: Self-Proclaimed Crybaby
Wordpress
March 10, 2018
A self-parody piece on my tendency to be a cry baby.

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Never Let Facts Screw Up A Good Opinion
Wordpress
March 04, 2018
A blog post attacking people to dismiss facts simply because they find them distasteful or inconvient.

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Is LinkedIn Improving Itself Out of Business
LinkedIn
February 28, 2018
Every improvement seems to diminish the user experience...how long can this last?

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Tags: Social

This is not a blog about Gun Violence
Wordpress
February 19, 2018
A blog post addressing the desire for easy answers to difficult issues.

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Tags: Future of Work, HR

Where Have All the Good Men Gone? A Tale of Sexual Harassment
LinkedIn
February 14, 2018
I’m tired of hearing about sexual harassment; not because I think the allegations are wrong or that I think it’s blown out of proportion or because the allegations alone ruin promising careers. No, I am tired of sexual harassment because I thought we as a nation were better than this. I taught sexual harassment avoidance classes in corporate America and I really thought we as a country had matured since then. I was wrong, and I HATE being wrong.

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Tags: HR, Social

how to provide and effective feedback that makes a lasting impact
Eloquens
February 13, 2018
Guest blogger for ProSky

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Management

How To Build A Foundation Of Respect in the Workplace
Eloquens
February 13, 2018
Guest blogger for ProSky

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Medical Disability Exacts a Societal Cost
Wordpress
February 12, 2018
A blog post addressing the deeper and hidden costs of debilitating workplace injures

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Tags: Health and Safety, HR, Sustainability

I am not an Influencer
Wordpress
January 29, 2018
A blog post exploring the world of Blogger Influencers

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Tags: Future of Work, Social

Come to Work High, But Come To Work
Wordpress
January 13, 2018
A blog post exploring the mixed messages companies send to their workers related to working while impaired by prescription and over-the-counter drugs

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Tags: Culture, Future of Work, HR

The Politics of Stupid
Wordpress
January 11, 2018
A blog that asks the question, does the safety industry prefer complacency over controversy

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Tags: Culture, Social

Detroit The 21st Century Boomtown
Entrepreneur
January 05, 2018
Just when people had counted Detroit out it emerged stronger and better.

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Tags: Design Thinking

Why So Many People Believe The Hierarchy Of Controls Is A joke
wordpress
December 12, 2017
A great tool, poorly implemented becomes a laughing stock

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Tags: Culture, Design Thinking, Health and Safety

Doing the RightThings Wrong
Wordpress
November 06, 2017
Two decades of trying to teach organizations to do the right thing I realized they already were, they just sucked at it.

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Tags: Health and Safety, Leadership, Management

There Are No Magic Bullets
Wordpress
November 06, 2017
Safety is damned hard and too many people are selling ineffectual dreck as cure-alls.

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Tags: Health and Safety, Leadership, Management

4 Laws of Sales I Learned From Both Sides of the Transaction
Entrepreneur Magazine
October 30, 2017
You've bought something from somebody that you could have bought from somebody else. Understanding why is a good start to learning how to sell.

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Tags: Customer Experience, Marketing, Future of Work, Sales

4 Tips For Engaging Millenials in Safety
Wordpress
October 25, 2017
Everyone is so worried about engaging Millenials that it never occurs to them that they are just young and inexperienced...and hate being called Millenials.

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Tags: Culture, Health and Safety, Social

The Horror Movie Hazard: Protect Yourself Against Gas Exposure
HSME
October 17, 2017
Article for the UK-Based Safety magazine's Middle East and Africa publication

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Is Safety A Value, A Priority, Or Neither?
Wordpress
September 28, 2017
Mistaking safety for a value when it really is just a priority can be deadly.

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Tags: Culture, Health and Safety, Social

Lessons I Learned Working on a Major Motion Picture
Entrepreneur Magazine
September 27, 2017
There is nothing like having dozens of highly paid employees standing around waiting for what comes next to teach you about time being money.

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Tags: Agile, Future of Work, Management

Do You Need Some Help With Your Baggage?
wordpress
September 17, 2017
We have a lot of baggage in worker safety, and the first step toward getting past it is admitting it

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Tags: Culture, Health and Safety, Innovation

Do You Need Some Help With Your Baggage?
Wordpress
September 17, 2017
A blog post regarding the baggage endemic to the Safety Function

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Is the Hierarchy of Controls A Useful Tool Or Safety Trivia
Wordpress
September 11, 2017
A blog post questioning the real value of the Hierarchy of Controls

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Tags: Culture, Health and Safety, Management

Stop Calling It 'Coaching' When All You're Really Doing Is Scolding Your Team
Entrepreneur Magazine
September 07, 2017
Constructive criticism is perhaps the most important and least common leadership skill.

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Tags: HR, Leadership, Management

Why Do Good People Leave Companies?
ProSky
September 06, 2017
Guest blogger for ProSky

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, HR

Everything is Going Great in Safety
Wordpress
September 04, 2017
A blog post parody of the state of Safety

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Publish and drive traffic to your article or perish
LinkedIn
August 27, 2017
If you’ve read my previous articles you understand that I am, like any meat product that has “wurst” in its name, an acquired taste, and not necessarily a quickly or easily acquired taste at that. I’m snarky, mean, and hurtful, and that can turn off the reader who was hoping for a heart-warming story of an orphaned baby hippo adopted by dolphins; I am assuming that is why Redbook keeps rejecting my edgier articles (disclaimer: I have never submitted an article to Redbook and am not sure if it is still currently being published; I made that up in a deliberate attempt to deceive you in the name of humor). If you enjoy my articles because you, yourself are a bit twisted or because you read it because you WANT to be offended because you are severely twisted you understand my position.

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In the World of Safety Political Correctness Endangers Lives
Wordpress
August 25, 2017
The title says it all

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To Air Is Humane
LinkedIn
August 23, 2017
Recently I got a nasty gram from a mouth-breather who snidely commented on one of my articles. The crux of it was that I shouldn't brag about how much I write in a one-page article that has at least two spelling or grammatical errors. I sent him an aggressive, insulting and profane response rife with spelling and grammatical errors. I would do it again. I don't find snarky people who write to me to complain that I had six misspellings but miss the entire message.

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Tags: Marketing, Social

The Rise of the Safety Jihadist
Wordpress
August 20, 2017
Safety has created some extremist factions and they need to be stopped.

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Tags: Culture, Health and Safety, Management

To Get More From People Hone Your Feedback Skills
Entrepreneur Magazine
August 16, 2017
The challenge when giving feedback is predicting what will be fed back from that.

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Tags: Leadership, Management

Snitches End Up in Ditches
Wordpress
August 13, 2017
Post refuting the safety person as an informer and a rat

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Voting Is A Right, Exercise It Wisely
Entrepreneur Magazine
August 12, 2017
Ironically, a sales victory puts you at your customer's mercy about when you get paid. Get out ahead of cascading shortages with these tips.

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5 Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Launch
Entrepreneur Magazine
August 09, 2017
Don't let your genius product idea crash to Earth due to an avoidable marketing gaff. Heed this list and achieve lift off.

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Tags: Future of Work, Marketing, Startups

5 Ways to Avoid A Cash-Flow Logjam
Entrepreneur Magazine
August 09, 2017
Ironically, a sales victory puts you at your customer's mercy about when you get paid. Get out ahead of cascading shortages with these tips.

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Tags: Future of Work, Marketing, Startups

Why Safety will Never Achieve What Quality Does
Wordpress
August 07, 2017
It should be a no brainer---safety should be able to return the same value as Quality, here's why it won't.

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Management

5 Tips for Hiring the Talent You Need In a Tight Labor Market
Entrepreneur Magazine
August 07, 2017
While politicians talk about creating jobs, business owners worry about finding employees.

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How to Provide and Effective Feedback that Makes A Lasting Impact Feedback is information about someone's behavior. Providing the right kind of feedback is essential
Eloquens
August 03, 2017
Published on Eloquens as a tips for providing appropriate feedback.

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Tags: Management, Social, Sustainability

What I Learned Working Safety On A Major Motion Picture
Wordpress
July 28, 2017
The movie business is a whole different world in so many ways, here's what I learned about movie safety.

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Social

He Owns the Oldest Hat Store In America and Knows How Tough Entrepreneurship Really Is
Entrepreneur Magazine
July 27, 2017
Paul Wasserman's Henry the Hatter has thrived for generations in Detroit. He knows everything there is to know about ups and downs.

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Sustainability

How To Ask For A Pay Raise
Eloquens
July 27, 2017
Short tips for people seeking a pay raise

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Tags: Management

Resilience and Safety
Wordpress
July 23, 2017
They go hand in hand

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Tags: Culture, Future of Work, Management

How to Create a Fierce Vision For Your Success
Eloquens
July 19, 2017
Published on Eloquens as a tool for achieving success

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Tags: Management, Social, Sustainability

Choosing Your Approach to Safety Should Be Driven By Need Not Desire
Wordpress
July 17, 2017
To often we allow what we want to circumvent what we really need.

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Tags: Culture, Management, Procurement

How to Master the Art of Negotiating: You Can't Always Get What You Want
Eloquens
July 13, 2017
Published on Eloquens as a tips for negotiating

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Tags: Management, Marketing, Social

A Person Without Integrity is Nothing
Wordpress
July 05, 2017
What more can be said? Plenty

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Tags: Culture, Customer Experience, Leadership

When Good Sales Promotions Go Bad
Entrepreneur Magazine
June 28, 2017
Murphy's Law offers the insight, but only the best managers act in anticipation to mitigate its effects. Here's how.

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Tags: Leadership, Marketing, Social

Does Your Onboarding Give New Employee the Urge to Flee?
Entrepreneur Magazine
June 27, 2017
Too often a new hire's first day is a flamboyant display of your company at its worst. Try harder to make a good first impression.

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Tags: Culture, HR, Social

Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement Is Stealing
Wordpress
June 25, 2017
You wouldn't believe that something so obviously true could generate so much controversy, but it did

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Management

You Can't Always Get What You Want: The Art of Negotiating
Entrepreneur Magazine
June 23, 2017
Negotiation isn't about winning. That's why so many people do it so poorly.

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Tags: Management, Procurement, Social

How One Decision over 50 Years Ago Killed My Dad
Wordpress
June 18, 2017
Deadly decisions don't always happen in an instant, sometimes it takes decades to kill you

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Tags: Culture, Health and Safety, Social

The Mystery of What Millennials Really Want Is Solved at Last
Entrepreneur Magazine
June 13, 2017
A single conversation over a couple of beers reveals the prosaic truth: decent pay and benefits, a lot like their parents had.

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Tags: Future of Work, HR, Sustainability

What Making Movies Taught Me About Safety
Wordpress
June 12, 2017
A topic that affected me so much I wrote about it twice, without noticing.

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Safety and Training Shouldn't be Treated Like Luxuries
Wordpress
June 07, 2017
Whenever budget cuts are made these two are first on the chopping block, here' s why.

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Tags: Culture, Health and Safety, Leadership

How to Clean Up Your Word Choices and Sound Smarter
Entrepreneur Magazine
June 07, 2017
Make yourself look better in print and sound better in person.

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Tags: Leadership, Social

Reinventing Entrepreneurship: Focus on Making a Difference and You'll Make Plenty of Money
Entrepreneur Magazine
June 06, 2017
Very few entrepreneurs will be billionaires but all of them can make a positive difference in the world.

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Tags: Innovation, Future of Work, Entrepreneurship

Death From Above
Wordpress
May 21, 2017
Exploring the rise in deaths caused by falls from heights.

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Tags: Culture, Health and Safety, Management

Business Travel Really Doesn't Have to be Awful
Entrepreneur Magazine
May 15, 2017
The road warrior life isn't glamorous but with the least effort it isn't hard labor, either.

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Tags: Future of Work, Innovation

Shut Up and Let Me Think: The Dangers of Cognitive Overload
Wordpress
May 07, 2017
Sometimes we cram so much crap into the learner's brain that all that happens is we break them

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Tags: HR, Leadership, Management

Ten Years Later Nothing Has Changed
Wordpress
April 28, 2017
I'm Still working with the same dumb as Playdo shitbirds.

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Have Trade Shows Just Become a Place to Buy Gloves
Wordpress
April 18, 2017
The NTC not only is irrelevant it competes with its exhibitors. Is the safety trade dead?

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Tags: Culture, Health and Safety, Procurement

Academics: Go Back To Your Ivory Towers
Wordpress
April 15, 2017
What the world needs now may be love sweet love but it damned sure doesn't need more academics.

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Tags: Culture, Health and Safety

Comprimise is a big Part of Safety
Wordpress
April 10, 2017
I rather be wrong and alive than dead right

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Who Wants Safety
Wordpress
April 01, 2017
Safety needs to be invited in, it's not coming around where it aint wanted

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To Hell With Safety Goals
Wordpress
March 25, 2017
Goals are wishes that you never expect to come true

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Bragging Ourselves To Death
Wordpress
March 19, 2017
Safety people are quick to claim credit for saving lives but rarely hold themselves accountable for the death of the victims

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If I had a Hammer
Wordpress
March 14, 2017
When you sell hammers the whole world looks like a nail.

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Procurement

Why Do Good People Leave Companies?
Real Business
March 13, 2017
Quoted in an article about surfing

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how to provide and effective feedback that makes a lasting impact
Eloquens
March 08, 2017
Guest blogger for Eloquens

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Social

Is it Morally Right To Sell A Safety System that Isn't Sustainable
Wordpress
March 05, 2017
As if ethics and sales can coexist.

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Procurement

It's a Cold World for Cold Callers
Entrepreneur Magazine
February 22, 2017
Cold calling is never easy but most who try it make it needlessly difficult.

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Tags: Customer Experience, Management

5 Questions to Decide If You Need a Business Partner
Entrepreneur Magazine
February 20, 2017
You might actually need a loan or an attorney, not somebody to split your company with.

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Tags: Lean Startup, Management, Startups

Customer Service Representatives Are Your Public Face
Entrepreneur Magazine
February 15, 2017
When a customer is unhappy and ready to write off your company, you want them dealing with the best people you can hire.

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Tags: Customer Experience

Tweet at Your Own Risk
Entrepreneur Magazine
February 14, 2017
If you deliberately tweet or post "alternative facts" about someone, they may have a strong case for libel.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology, Social

Put Some Clothes On and Get To Work: Tips For Working at Home
Entrepreneur Magazine
February 12, 2017
The key to a successful career out of your house is very, very sharp lines between on the job and on the couch.

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Tags: Future of Work, HR, Management

The Last 8 Years Were Pretty Good for Many Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur Magazine
February 01, 2017
Oh, it was no walk in the park, but the structural transformation begun in 2008 has offered opportunity, too.

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Tags: Future of Work, Lean Startup, Startups

How I Failed as a Mentor
Entrepreneur Magazine
January 27, 2017
There are learning opportunities when hero-worship collides with narcissism, but it's never what was intended.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Future of Work, Sustainability

I Used Social Media and Blogging to Become Famous for Nothing
Entrepreneur Magazine
January 07, 2017
How one man used social media to become a legend in his own mind -- and in Peru.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Future of Work, Social

As (not) Seen In Entrepreneur Magazine
Wordpress
December 25, 2016
A story rejected by Entrepreneur magazine

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Tags: Future of Work, Health and Safety, Management

As (not) Seen In Entrepreneur Magazine
Wordpress
December 25, 2016
A story rejected by Entrepreneur magazine

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Tags: Future of Work, Health and Safety, Management

Destroying the Cult of Safety
Wordpress
December 18, 2016
Safety has become cult-like and must be reformed

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Tags: Future of Work, Health and Safety, Leadership

We Made This Mess We
Wordpress
December 18, 2016
Safety has become cult-like and must be reformed

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We Made This Mess
Wordpress
December 10, 2016
Taking the safety industry to task for making a mess of the profession

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Deming On Safety Point 14: Transformation Is Everyone's Job
Wordpress
December 10, 2016
Applying Deming to safety

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Deming On Safety Point 13: Transformation Is Everyone's Job
Wordpress
December 10, 2016
Applying Deming to safety

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Deming On Safety Point 12
Wordpress
December 10, 2016
Applying Deming to safety

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Deming On Safety Point 11: Remove Barriers to Pride in Workmanship
Wordpress
December 10, 2016
Applying Deming to safety

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Deming On Safety Part 8
Wordpress
December 10, 2016
Applying Deming to safety

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Deming On Safety Part 7: Point 7
Wordpress
December 10, 2016
Applying Deming to safety

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Deming On Safety Part 6: Point 6 Institute On The Job Training
Wordpress
December 10, 2016
Applying Deming to safety

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Deming On Safety Part 5: Point 5 Improve the System
Wordpress
December 10, 2016
Applying Deming to safety

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Should Safety Pros Be Entrepreneurs
Wordpress
December 08, 2016
Posing the question

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Tags: Culture, Health and Safety, Management

Why I Won't Be Speaking Next Year's National Safety Council Annual Conference and Expo
Wordpress
December 06, 2016
Answering the question

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Tags: Health and Safety, Marketing, Social

Here's Why Entrepreneurs Ought to Value Mainstream Media
Entrepreneur Magazine
December 02, 2016
Facts are important to finding your way in the world, even if they aren't as persuasive as we wish they were.

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Tags: Leadership, Predictive Analytics, Sustainability

Here's How to Determine If College Is Worth the Cost
Entrepreneur Magazine
December 02, 2016
Without a bachelor's degree that first rung of the career ladder, an unpaid internship, might be out of reach.

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Tags: HR, Predictive Analytics, Sustainability

Safety In the Post Trump, Post Brexit World.
wordpress
November 29, 2016
What does the political upheavals mean for worker safety?

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Tags: Future of Work, Health and Safety

Safety In the Post Trump Post Brexit World
Wordpress
November 29, 2016
Postulating on dumb and dumber

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Safety In the Post Trump Post Brexit World
Wordpress
November 29, 2016
Postulating on dumb and dumber

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Tags: Health and Safety, Marketing, Social

Becoming a Billionaire in Six Insanely Simple Steps Number 3 Will Absolutely Not Shock You
LinkedIn
November 23, 2016
Satire of click bait

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The Top 5 Reasons Not to Become an Entrepreneur
Entrepreneur Magazine
November 15, 2016

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Tags: Lean Startup, Startups, Sustainability

Don't Wait Until the End of the Game to Start Keeping Score
Entrepreneur Magazine
November 15, 2016
Saying to ourselves "It's just temporary" or "He'll grow into the job" simply won't cut it.

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Tags: HR, Management, Sustainability

Before Offering Feedback Consider If You're Trying to Teach a Pig to Sing
Entrepreneur Magazine
November 11, 2016
Feedback -- giving it, ducking it, getting it, ignoring it -- can be a dicey situation. Ask yourself these questions before going there.

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Sustainability

Why Does Multi-Level Marketing See Millennials as Easy Pickings?
Entrepreneur Magazine
November 09, 2016
Maybe young workers being trolled by get-rich-quick schemers has something to do with the transformation of the US entry-level job into a benefit-free, full-time, unpaid internship on a 'parent grant.'

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Tags: Future of Work, Marketing, Social

If 80 Percent of Success Is Showing Up Then 20 Percent Is Following up
Entrepreneur Magazine
November 08, 2016
The excuses are many, but the solution is surprisingly simple.

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Tags: Future of Work, Management, Sustainability

Mining Safety
HSME
November 08, 2016
Article for the UK-Based Safety magazine's Middle East and Africa publication

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Don't Sell Yourself Short in the Gig Economy
Entrepreneur Magazine
November 01, 2016
Too many solopreneurs and freelancers are mispricing themselves in the labor market. Get out a sharp pencil and get it right.

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Tags: Future of Work, Management, Sustainability

Scope Creep, the Killer of Projects
Entrepreneur Magazine
November 01, 2016
When a customer's requests for add-ons and changes puts a project manager in an invidious position, scope creep has crept in.

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Tags: Future of Work, Management, Sustainability

Blame and Shame is Often Unintentional
wordpress
October 31, 2016
Sometimes organizations will blame the workers for injuries without meaning to.

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Tags: Culture, Health and Safety, Leadership

LinkedOUT: LinkedIn has become a sunken shadow of it's former self.
LinkedIn
October 31, 2016
Documenting the decline of a once great social media platform

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LinkedOUT: LinkedIn has become a sunken shadow of it's former self.
LinkedIn
October 31, 2016
Documenting the decline of a once great social media platform

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Tags: Social

An Obituary for the 40-Hour Workweek
Entrepreneur Magazine
October 28, 2016
Satirically we mourn the death of a venerable American institution and ponder those who are happy it is no more.

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Sustainability

5 Business Lessons I learned from Surfing
Entrepreneur
October 26, 2016
There are libraries full of (mostly bad) books on leadership. Here is an article I wrote that took the best bits from all these series

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Tags: Leadership, Management

5 Leadership Secrets Stolen From Famous People
Entrepreneur Magazine
October 21, 2016
The traits of authentic leadership are timeless, even if conspicuously absent these days. Here's a refresher.

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Social

Managing Conflict Is Essential to Success
Entrepreneur Magazine
October 18, 2016
A functional workplace of diverse people and ideas is fertile ground for creativity -- and for conflict. Here's how to be a good referee.

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Sustainability

The Mountain Has Been Climbed, Now What?
wordpress
October 17, 2016
Many safety people are congratulating themselves on conquering the world of safety...if so, now what?

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Tags: Culture, Future of Work, Health and Safety

5 Things Presenters Usually Get Wrong
Entrepreneur Magazine
October 16, 2016
To be an effective trainer, you need to keep it short, keep it sharp and keep it moving. If you find yourself reading the PowerPoint slides aloud, you've justly earned the blank or hostile looks glaring at you. Then, the only redemption possible is ending early.

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Tags: Future of Work, Innovation, Management

Going From Failure to Failure Without Loss of Enthusiasm
Entrepreneur Magazine
October 11, 2016
Success, thus defined, stands on the very shoulders of such unhappy experiences as loss and quitting, failure and striking out. Dig it.

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Tags: Agile, Future of Work

Going From Failure to Failure Without Loss of Enthusiasm
Entrepreneur Magazine
October 11, 2016
Success, thus defined, stands on the very shoulders of such unhappy experiences as loss and quitting, failure and striking out. Dig it.

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Tags: Agile, Future of Work

Managing Your Career Like a Business
Entrepreneur Magazine
October 04, 2016
https://www.entrepreneur.com/author/phil-la-duke/3

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Management

The Bedrock of Performance Management? Communication of Acceptable Behavior.
Entrepreneur Magazine
September 30, 2016
Effective leaders manage performance by continually reinforcing their criteria for success.

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Management

6 Tips for Goal-Setting That, Trust Me, They Don't Teach You in College
Entrepreneur Magazine
September 27, 2016
Your goals will not achieve themselves and will regrettably require your vigorous participation.

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Management

The Value of Nothing
wordpress
September 23, 2016
Questioning the value of things goods and services we get for free

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Tags: Culture, Customer Experience, Health and Safety

All This Blog Has Brought Me Is Grief
wordpress
September 23, 2016
Me belly aching about not being appreciated

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Tags: Culture, Health and Safety

OSHA To Ban Post Accident Drug Testing...Or Does It.
wordpress
September 23, 2016
Interpreting the changes to OSHA's ban on post accident drug testing

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Health and Safety, HR

3 Ways Success Can Kill Your Company
Entrepreneur Magazine
September 23, 2016
It sounds oxymoronic, or perhaps just regular moronic, but it's true. The furthest you can ever fall is when you've reached your peak.

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Startups

The Second Slowest Gazelle: A Secret to Success
Entrepreneur Magazine
September 20, 2016
Mediocrity has its place. Where success and survival are synonyms, not dying is winning.

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Tags: Future of Work, Leadership, Social

6 Rules For Effective Feedback
Entrepreneur Magazine
September 16, 2016
Feedback is only an effective rule if it is given correctly.

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Tags: HR, Leadership, Management

The Imaginary Life and Wild Times of Milo Quaife
Entrepreneur Magazine
September 13, 2016
Deadline pressure is a crushing affliction. It can bring out the best in some, madness in others, or both, as they labor side-by-side ... in the Twilight Zone.

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Tags: Leadership, Social

6 Tips for Reducing Time Wasted in Meetings
Entrepreneur Magazine
September 09, 2016
Keep 'em short; send an agenda around beforehand and stick to it, like white on rice; demand preparation; schedule tightly and run it like an Apollo launch. Got it? Good, meeting adjourned.

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Tags: Future of Work, Leadership, Management

A Eulogy for Meetings
Entrepreneur Magazine
September 06, 2016
Mourn not the passing of your business's biggest time waster and productivity serial killer. Instead, calculate a dollar cost before ever scheduling another meeting, using this simple process.

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Tags: Future of Work, Leadership, Management

I Never Planned to Grow Up, Making Entrepreneurship Inevitable
Entrepreneur Magazine
September 02, 2016
How one Midwestern boy survived existential ennui, unending schooling and tons of bad advice to become an entrepreneur of wisdom and renown, sort of.

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Tags: Social, Future of Work, Entrepreneurship

What Being an Entrepreneur Has Taught Me
Entrepreneur Magazine
August 30, 2016
Not the least of which is to consider, from time to time, that you may be out of your mind. Call it mental hygiene.

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Tags: Future of Work, Management, Social

Is joining a startup actually worth it?
Entrepreneur Magazine
August 26, 2016
Whether it's like climbing a mountain or turning an ocean liner, your leadership is what makes it happen.

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Tags: Future of Work, Startups

Changing Your Company's Culture in 3 Easy Steps
Entrepreneur Magazine
August 23, 2016
Whether it's like climbing a mountain or turning an ocean liner, your leadership is what makes it happen.

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Tags: Leadership, Social

Speak Your Mind, But Know Your Facts
Entrepreneur Magazine
August 19, 2016
Consider counterbalancing your freedom of speech with your right to remain silent. Both are precious.

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Tags: Social

How To Quit Your Job
Monster
August 15, 2016
As the economy continues to improve, more and more workers are contemplating leaving their current employers in search of greener pastures. The lure of better of a pay raise or just a fresh start has many workers who would otherwise be timid about changing employers ready to take the plunge. The pull doesn’t always stop there, and many workers fantasize about leaving their employer on less-than-stellar terms. And while most people are politically adroit enough to avoid overtly burning a bridge some—in their haste to move on to the latest adventure in their career —many squander once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to build the foundation of a solid professional network. Building a quality professional network may be the single most important element of a successful career. Here's how to quit your job the right way.

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Tags: Future of Work, HR, Social

How To Quit Your Job
Monster
August 15, 2016
As the economy continues to improve, more and more workers are contemplating leaving their current employers in search of greener pastures. The lure of better of a pay raise or just a fresh start has many workers who would otherwise be timid about changing employers ready to take the plunge. The pull doesn’t always stop there, and many workers fantasize about leaving their employer on less-than-stellar terms. And while most people are politically adroit enough to avoid overtly burning a bridge some—in their haste to move on to the latest adventure in their career —many squander once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to build the foundation of a solid professional network. Building a quality professional network may be the single most important element of a successful career. Here's how to quit your job the right way.

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Tags: Future of Work, HR, Social

Creating Safety Cultures In Off Shore Operations
Entrepreneur
August 09, 2016
Some great ideas immediately catch on -- like fire (which, while I wasn’t there, I gotta believe was immediately popular) or iTunes (a million songs sold in the first weekend, remember?). Other great ideas never quite get there, like Betamax or the metric system.

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Tags: Leadership, Lean Startup, Management

5 Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Launch
Entrepreneur
August 09, 2016
Some great ideas immediately catch on -- like fire (which, while I wasn’t there, I gotta believe was immediately popular) or iTunes (a million songs sold in the first weekend, remember?). Other great ideas never quite get there, like Betamax or the metric system.

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Tags: Leadership, Lean Startup, Management

6 Things Millennials Need to Know About the Modern Workplace
Entrepreneur Magazine
July 27, 2016
Millennials are much maligned by older workers and often unfairly so. The young people entering the workplace today bring with them much needed youthful energy and tech savvy. Despite this, the older workers do have a point when they accuse the recent grads of having something of an unrealistic expectation of the modern workplace. So at the risk at sounding like another crotchety old man railing against the inadequacies of youth, as graduation season has finally arrived I would like to offer the millennials entering the professional work world (many for the first time) the following advice, and no it won’t involve wearing sunscreen:

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I'm Not Your Mother
wordpress
July 17, 2016
Where does a safety professional's responsibility to protect you end

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There Is No Room In Safety For Cowards
Wordpress
July 16, 2016
Too often people are too afraid to confront unsafe conditions or behaviors and cowardice gets people killed.

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5 Ways to Attract and Retain Millennials
Entrepreneur Magazine
July 05, 2016
Every generation perplexes and discomfits the one that preceded it.

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Luck: The Most Valuable Tool In The Safety Practitioner's Toolbox
Wordpress
June 26, 2016
The safety performance of safety professionals is more highly dependent on luck than on any sort of cognizant strategy.

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Talking For the Sake of Making Noise
Wordpress
June 26, 2016
Sometimes Safety people seem like they talk non-stop but never manage to say anything.

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Safety Is No Accident
Wordpress
June 17, 2016
Worker safety is an output of a well run business, it's not, or it shouldn't be a matter of chance

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When the Eyes of A Giant Grow Dim and Fade to Black
Wordpress
June 14, 2016
The story of how industry giant and the operator of the largest safety blog in the world, was driven from LinkedIn by internet trolls.

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Using Social Media for Business Without Bleaching Out the Social
Entrepreneur Magazine
June 13, 2016
Social networking is something of an enigma: on one hand, business pundits insist that a viable social networking presence is valuable; on the other, they offer scant advice as to just how to create and sustain a social networking presence that adds real value. Beyond ominous warnings to keep your social outlets squeaky clean or to offer strategies (and service offerings) to push negative publicity far off the first couple pages of a Google search, it’s tough to find a simple, practical, “do’s and don’ts” of social networking for business. Clearly it’s unwise to post negative comments about your customers or fringe political statements on your Facebook profile. But treating everything as if it were a digital marketing brochure takes a lot of the social aspects out of social networking and hobbles you from realizing its full potential. There is an obvious balance between a staid, bland, joyless page and one that forever tarnishes your reputation. Just where that particular balance lies depends in large measure on what you hope to accomplish in terms of your brand. Here are some rules that allow you to advance your brand without taking all the fun out of life.

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Is Your Personal Elevator Pitch Incoherent Babble?
Entrepreneur Magazine
June 06, 2016
There is no more cherished practice in business than the “elevator pitch.” For those unfamiliar with the practice, conventional wisdom holds that every successful businessperson should be able to explain to a stranger what they have to offer in the average time it takes to ride an elevator. Personally, beyond “what floor?” I don’t want to talk to strangers in an elevator, but in a world of 235-character messaging it’s more important than ever to have a succinct and interesting summary of who you are and what you do. And while it's increasingly unlikely that this pitch is going to take place in an elevator you still need to be ready to sell yourself in as concise a way as possible. Here is the best way to deliver a pitch and get good results:

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Denial Isn't Just A River In Egypt: Your Employees Are Probably Under-Reporting Injuries
Wordpress
June 04, 2016
Under reporting of injuries is widespread and companies are unwittingly encouraging it.

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Zero Is Nothing To Celebrate
Wordpress
May 29, 2016
Attaining Zero Injuries without knowing why is just dimwitted and no reason to celebrate

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Training Tips For the Cheap Lazy and Entitled
Wordpress
May 22, 2016
Training doesn't have to be expensive or difficult to produce

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Is Your Crappy Training Killing People
Wordpress
May 15, 2016
Sometimes bad training is worse than no training

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7 Easy Ways You Can Increase Safety On a Budget
Entrepreneur Magazine
May 10, 2016
Feedback is only an effective rule if it is given correctly.

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Chemical Hazards
HSME Magazine
May 10, 2016
If you were to ask the average worker how concerned he or she is about chemicals, most would probably answer that they don’t work with or around chemicals. Unfortunately, most people work with chemicals whether they realise it or not.

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Too Sexy For Safety?
Wordpress
May 07, 2016
The failure of a safety video rests on the use of Pamela Anderson in the lead. If Sex sells it doesn't seem to have here

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I Watched A Man Die Today
Wordpress
April 30, 2016
A true account of me watching a man die after a motorcycle accident.

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4 Things About Cultivating a Thought Leader the Company Might Regret
Entrepreneur
April 26, 2016
Companies today fiercely try to create thought leaders who they imagine will bring them a massive competitive advantage, however, they often find out that thought leaders are independent thinkers who may not toe the company line.

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Connecting on LinkedIn Is Not An Open Invitation For Junk Email
LinkedIn
April 24, 2016
It's easy to muck up your social network by spamming your contacts

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Connecting on LinkedIn Is Not An Open Invitation For Junk Email
LinkedIn
April 24, 2016
It's easy to muck up your social network by spamming your contacts

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How I Killed the Trade Show
Wordpress
April 21, 2016
If the trade show isn't dead it's coughing up blood. Here's how it happened

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If you Didn't Come Here To Be Liked You Came to The Right Place
Wordpress
April 17, 2016
It isn't easy to remain both popular and effective when you are a Safety Practitioner

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The Facebookification Of LinkedIn
LinkedIn
April 17, 2016
LinkedIn gets more and more like Facebook. Can it be changed?

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Is social media dead for safety professionals?
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
April 16, 2016
The social networking phenomenon has fostered many, usually misguided and ill-advised, attempts to capitalize on the popularity of the medium to boost sales, and to market to new (and usually younger) markets.

There have been even attempts to use social networking to increase the safety of the workplace. As well-intentioned, and often well-executed as some of the attempts by safety professionals to create a safety social network have been, these attempts all seem to have fallen flat.

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The Only Two Answers You Need To Figure Out Your Next Move
Entrepreneur Magazine
April 15, 2016
Several years ago, a long-time friend and successful entrepreneur gave me two pieces of advice that stuck with me for years. It was October of 2010, and I had just launched my own consultancy but was wise enough (or just plain cowardly enough) to be looking for a day job; something to keep the creditors at bay while I established a clientele. My friend and I met for lunch where he proceeded to ask me about the outcome of a recent job interview. “Did you get the job?” he asked me. I shrugged noncommittally and said, “I don’t know yet.”

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Recent Articles In Print
Wordpress
April 11, 2016
A Listing of my articles

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5 Business Lessons I learned from Surfing
Entrepreneur
April 11, 2016
When you're surfing you have a lot of time to think in a tranquil setting and invariably you learn important lessons about life.

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Safety Is A Thankless Job
Wordpress
April 10, 2016
So don't expect a lot of gratitude

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It's Just Candy
Wordpress
April 02, 2016
Keeping your job in perspective

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You Shall Be Judged By the Company You Keep!
Entrepreneur Magazine
March 30, 2016
Nothing exposes a company’s amateurish approach to sales and mawkish marketing than announcing (usually via its website) its lofty list of satisfied customers. On the other hand, potential clients can be nervous about sourcing work to new firms that may lack the requisite experience to deliver on the many promises they are likely to have made. So while it’s important to have references, it’s more important to have the right references; and that can be tricky. Many companies screw up what would seem to be a slam-dunk -- providing references; it’s easier, and more common, than you might think. Picking the appropriate references can literally mean the difference between winning life-changing contract and spending long hours on proposals that ultimately fall flat. When picking references make sure that you:

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True or False: Your Evaluation Of Training Doesn't Measure Jack
Wordpress
March 28, 2016
People keep pretending to measure the effectiveness of safety without knowing what they are doing.

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Phil La Duke is a Has Been
Wordpress
March 28, 2016
Self-reflection on my career

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Values Are Learned In the Halls, Not Off the Walls.
Entrepreneur Magazine
March 24, 2016
Years ago, a friend and co-worker was studying for his certification as an executive coach, and part of his practice was to coach three or four volunteers. I jumped at the offer. Getting $1,000 an hour executive coaching seemed like a no-brainer. All I had to do was sign-up and be interviewed.

In my interview, I had to articulate what I wanted to achieve through these sessions. My coach asked me what I wanted to accomplish and, after reflecting on it, I decided I wanted two things -- to be successful and to do it quickly. I constructed, with his guidance, what I grew to call my "Fierce Vision" of success.

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Crafting A Fierce Vision of Success
Entrepreneur Magazine
March 24, 2016
Years ago, a friend and co-worker was studying for his certification as an executive coach, and part of his practice was to coach three or four volunteers. I jumped at the offer. Getting $1,000 an hour executive coaching seemed like a no-brainer. All I had to do was sign-up and be interviewed.

In my interview, I had to articulate what I wanted to achieve through these sessions. My coach asked me what I wanted to accomplish and, after reflecting on it, I decided I wanted two things -- to be successful and to do it quickly. I constructed, with his guidance, what I grew to call my "Fierce Vision" of success.

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Values Are Learned In the Halls, Not Off the Walls.
Entrepreneur Magazine
March 17, 2016
The safety of your workplace is becoming more important than ever before. Beyond the obvious moral and ethical imperatives to not cripple your workers in pursuit of profit, many employers -- even small businesses are finding that it doesn’t take many injuries to put the company in real financial peril.

Once upon a time someone proposed a management systems approach to making companies more successful. Conventional wisdom held that companies that had clearly defined corporate missions, vision statements, and values held a significant advantage over others that did lacked these philosophies. The idea seemed so revolutionary and ingenious that companies rushed to create these ideological statements, but sadly, as is so often the case, what was a great idea was poorly executed.

Many companies came to believe that creating these documents was enough; that if an organization merely reminded its workers enough that these ideas would take root and grow. The C-suite demanded that statements be hastily crafted by marketing, framed and hung on the wall presumably so that all who enter could rest assured that the company was not run by complete sociopaths.

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The Entrepreneurial Mystique: 5 Common Misconceptions About Starting a Business
Entrepreneur Magazine
March 16, 2016
I’ve never wanted to work for myself because I didn’t want to have a jerk for a boss. In spite of this, I have co-founded two companies, been a partner in two others, and have hustled my way through enough gigs to honestly be called an entrepreneur.

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Safety Slogans Don't Save Lives
SafetyRisk
March 15, 2016
A guest blog for SafetyRisk

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My Latest Published Article
Wordpress
March 15, 2016
bringing the news to the people

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Who Knows What Ineptitude Lies In the Hearts of Workers? Doing Shadow Training Right
Wordpress
March 13, 2016
Shadow training is notoriously awful, here's how to take the stink off it

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7 Easy Ways You Can Increase Safety On a Budget
Entrepreneur Magazine
March 10, 2016
The safety of your workplace is becoming more important than ever before. Beyond the obvious moral and ethical imperatives to not cripple your workers in pursuit of profit, many employers -- even small businesses are finding that it doesn’t take many injuries to put the company in real financial peril.

Safety isn’t foremost in the minds of a lot of entrepreneurs. For some, a severe injury to a worker is a very remote possibility and hardly worth worrying about. For others, the risk of injury seems out of proportion to the financial rewards that can be gained; besides if workers get hurt insurance will cover it. Still others believe that there is no way to get the job done safely without spending money they just don’t have.

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Evaluating training part 2
Wordpress
February 26, 2016
Part 2 of a post on how to evaluate the effectiveness of safety training

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How to evaluate training
Wordpress
February 18, 2016
Part 1 of a post on how to evaluate the effectiveness of safety training

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Just A Quick Note On A New Article I Penned
Wordpress
February 16, 2016
Analysis of a published magazine article

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Is Treating All Hazards the Same Endangering Lives?
Wordpress
February 16, 2016
Too often we treat all hazards the same but some pose a far more serious threat than others.

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Confined Space Challenges
HSI Magazine
February 15, 2016
Article for the UK-Based Safety magazine

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Safety In the Disposable Worker Economy
Wordpress
February 12, 2016
Now that workers are seen as disloyal chattel how can we keep them safe?

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Safety Professionals Are Obsessed About the Wrong Things
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
February 10, 2016
They concentrate on the little things while ignoring the real killers

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10 Ways to Reinvent Your Safety Incentive Program
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
February 10, 2016
The key to safety incentives is to provide incentive to do the right things

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Calculating the Cost of Nothing
Wordpress
February 06, 2016
How do you calculate the cost of zero injuries?

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Safety Needs to Go Back To Basics
Wordpress
February 06, 2016
Too much complexity creates risk

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Micro Lessons, Safety Messages, and Pam Anderson
Wordpress
February 03, 2016
Making lemons out of lemonaide

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Persuading Executives That Safety Is Worth Supporting
Wordpress
February 02, 2016
When making and argument in an attempt to persuade executive that safety is worth supporting you have to do better than "because it's the right thing to do"

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Is Predictive Analysis For Safety Just the Next Big Thing?
Wordpress
January 27, 2016
Everyone is looking for the latest safety fad to glom on to, is Predictive Analysis it?

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Forgetting Andy: Why Scare Tactics Don't Work
Wordpress
January 18, 2016
Scare tactics don't work, here's what to do instead

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Why I Tend To See The Worst In Safety
Wordpress
January 13, 2016
Companies call me when they're in trouble. Usually, when something horrific has happened. I am just not exposed to well managed safety all that often.

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The Body Count Continues
Wordpress
January 08, 2016
We keep congratulating ourselves on the job we're doing in safety, but people keep dying

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The New New Years' Resolutions for Safety Professionals
Wordpress
December 29, 2015
Revisiting a blog I did several years prior

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Who Are You
Wordpress
December 27, 2015
Exploring the different styles of safety managers

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The Tallest Midget
Wordpress
December 12, 2015
You've heard the expression "we're standing on the shoulders of giants?" well in safety all it takes to succeed is to be the tallest midget.

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Thanks For Nothing
Wordpress
November 29, 2015
When you're in the business of prevention the only thanks you'll get will be thanks for nothing

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We Can Predict Injuries, Just Not With 100% Accuracy
Wordpress
November 22, 2015
We keep searching for that one magic bullet that will allow us to predict and prevent injuries, and with enough manpower and resources we can, but not with 100% accuracy, and when it comes to injuries 100% is the only figure that matters

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What's In It For Me: The WIIFM In Safety
Wordpress
October 25, 2015
Adults need to understand why a change benefits them, and what's more they have to believe it.

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When Is Your Safety Meeting Not A Safety Meeting
Wordpress
October 08, 2015
Many safety meetings are little more than bitch sessions

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Danger: Professional Development Meetings May Be A Danger To Your Stupidity
Wordpress
October 04, 2015
Professional Development is key to keeping up with emerging trends

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The Anatomy of An Injury
Wordpress
October 04, 2015
Understanding in great detail the causes of injuries is essential to our profession and success.

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The Myth of the Perfect Process
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
October 03, 2015
Like so many things involving risk reduction in safety, trying to implement a safety system through statistical process control is theoretically possible, but practically impossible. Here's why.

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Are Bad References Holding You Back?
Monster
October 03, 2015
We blithely put names and numbers of people who we know and expect will give us a good references, but will they?

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Taking Control Of Your Career
Monster
October 03, 2015
Here's a quick roundup of some of my favorite tips for building a great career.

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Safety Sargents and Invisible Risks
Wordpress
September 18, 2015
There are too many "safety Sargents"and not enough people trying to understand the flaws in their processes.

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Safety Ain't What It Used To Be
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
September 15, 2015
Safety is a relatively new function. When it was created in the mid 70s, it was typically an assignment tacked on to someone’s existing job. There were no instructions, or templates for doing a good job.

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The Myth of the Perfect Process
Wordpress
September 14, 2015
No process is perfect, that is, no process ever produces exactly what you want with no variation.

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Seriously, Who Cares?
Wordpress
September 07, 2015
I ask myself this question as I write each blog

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Combustible Dust: How Crackpots Endanger Safety
Wordpress
September 06, 2015
Combustible dust is nothing to sneeze at. In fact, it can be very dangerous and yet there are crackpots out there preaching dangerous doctrine

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Feeling Unappreciated? Maybe You Invite the Abuse
Wordpress
August 30, 2015
Nobody likes a whiner and we whine from time to time. So stop whining and do something

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Wrong Place At The Right Time: A Lesson In Variability
Wordpress
August 30, 2015
Safety is simply the probability that you won't get hurt.

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Safe As We Want To Be
Wordpress
August 09, 2015
Different people have different risk tolerances. We will always be as safe as we choose to be

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Is Killing Kids Good For Small Businesses?
Wordpress
July 31, 2015
Teenage worker die at an alarmingly increased rate than their adult counter parts and it is often the lax attitude of small business owners to blame.

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The Zero Injury Witch Hunt
Wordpress
July 15, 2015
The goal of zero injuries may or may not be unattainable, but if you dare to say it isn't you may face the wrath of the Safety gods.

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When The Bright Eyes of A Giant Fade to Black
SafetyRisk
July 14, 2015
Chronically the departure of Dave Collins from LinkedIn

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Safety Never Sleeps:Creating a culture of vigilance
Wordpress
July 04, 2015
Creating a culture of shared vigilance is necessary to protect all workers

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Changing The Safety Culture? You Gotta Want It
Wordpress
June 25, 2015
These days it seems everyone is blaming their company's culture for poor safety performance. But in most cases that I have found it is the lack of will that stops it from happening

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When It Comes to Safety The Simplest Answer Is Often Not the Correct Answer
Wordpress
June 23, 2015
Safety has to dig deeper and do more to protect workers and their jobs

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Porn Safety
Wordpress
June 18, 2015
Every industry needs safety. Why not Porn?

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Dispelling the Complacency Myth
Wordpress
June 15, 2015
Finding worker complacency as a root cause is a cop out and lazy investigation.

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Zero Injury Witch Hunt
Wordpress
June 11, 2015
Want to get vilified? Question having zero injuries as a goal.

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Safety In The Age Of Wikkipediots
Wordpress
June 07, 2015
Navigating the nonsense of Wikipedia experts

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Safety Manager Charged In Worker's Death
Wordpress
June 05, 2015
A sobering reminder of the consequences of letting workers die

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Superstition Based Safety
Wordpress
May 11, 2015
If it aint science or snake oil it's probably superstition.

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What's Wrong With Drinking The Kool-Ade
Wordpress
May 06, 2015
Exploring the dangers of Group Think in Safety

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World Safety/Worker's Memorial Day Has to Be More than A Body Count
LinkedIn
April 28, 2015
We need more band-aids and less wreaths

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Who Are We Going To Kill Today?
Wordpress
April 26, 2015
Multiple people will die on the job today, who will it be?

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Creating Leading Indicators
Wordpress
April 22, 2015
Good leading indicators can be readily and easily created

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Creating Leading Indicators
Wordpress
April 22, 2015
Good leading indicators can be readily and easily created

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Ten Tips For Creating Safety Incentives
Wordpress
April 11, 2015
Safety Incentives Can Be Powerful Tools or Promote Under Reporting.

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The State Of Safety
Wordpress
April 05, 2015
I was encouraged to write my view of the State of Safety

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