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Phil La Duke

Principle Consultant at Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Allen Park, MI, United States

1112 Followers

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

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Detroit, MI, USA

Phil La DukePoints
Academic125
Author1231
Influencer408
Speaker208
Entrepreneur290
Total2262

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Thought Leader Profile

Portfolio Mix

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 45.15
Health and Safety 100
Innovation 70.32
Leadership 100
Lean Startup 39.80
Management 90.22
Marketing 50.07
Procurement 34.21
Social 100
Startups 59.35
Sustainability 100
Emerging Technology 65.89
Culture 100
Future of Work 100
HR 75.12
Open Innovation
Agile 50.14
Predictive Analytics 100
Digital Disruption 33.27
Customer Experience 38.52
IoT 30.33
Digital Transformation 30.76
Change Management 46.24
Analytics 55.10
Healthtech 91.76
Entrepreneurship 84.38
Sales 32.11
Risk Management 100
Supply Chain 36.34
Business Strategy 47.86
Retail 30.34
Fintech 30.85

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

818 Article/Blogs
“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Luke “the Dingo” Trembath
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November 12, 2019
An interview with Phil La DukeContinue reading on Authority Magazine »

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Sarah Biggers of CLOVE +…
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November 12, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Matt Ross of One River…
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November 12, 2019
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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” With Vanessa Molica of The Lash…
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November 12, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Restaurateur Barton G Weiss
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November 12, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Mark Natale of Smarthinking
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November 11, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Jamie Smalley of Runderwear
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November 11, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Jereann Zann of Little GF …
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November 11, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Laura Cameron of Made With A
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November 11, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Bree Pear of Only Human
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November 11, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Alexia Mezzini of My Tutor…
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November 11, 2019
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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Susan Colvin of CalExotics
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November 11, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Sara Trezzi of Gathering …
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November 11, 2019
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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a Founder” with Nicki Louise James
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November 11, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Greg Yeutter of SimpleBulb
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November 11, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Meredith Futernick
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November 11, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Bobby Glen James of…
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November 11, 2019
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Tags: Startups, Marketing, Entrepreneurship

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Ben McKean of Hungryroot
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November 11, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Marielle Chartier Hénault founder of AquaMermaid School
Thrive Global
November 11, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned what they love doing into their jobs

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Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship

“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a VP”, with Rebecca Weizenecker of FundThrough
Thrive Global
November 11, 2019
Continuing my series on Powerful women

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Tags: Fintech, Leadership, Marketing

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Bobby Glen James of Speakup Speakers Studio
Thrive Global
November 11, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned what they loved to do into what they do for a living

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Andrea Carlson of Andy’s Animals
Thrive Global
November 11, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned what they loved to do into what they do for a living

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Dr. Glen Miller of Vera Roasting Company
Thrive Global
November 11, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned what they loved to do into what they do for a living

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Tags: Startups, Health and Safety, Entrepreneurship

“5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became an EVP” with Fiona Bruder, of George P. Johnson (GPJ)
Thrive Global
November 11, 2019
Continuing my series on Powerful Women Leaders

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Marielle Chartier Hénault
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November 08, 2019
Keep it simple. Think about how to start your business with the minimum viable product. There are always extra expenses that will come up…Continue reading on Authority Magazine »

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a VP”, with Rebecca Weizenecker of FundThrough
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November 08, 2019
An Interview with Phil La DukeContinue reading on Authority Magazine »

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Lily Berman Lopez of Gut …
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November 08, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Andrea Carlson of Andy’s …
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November 08, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Bret Wortman of Wrap Buddies
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November 08, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Dr.
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November 08, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How We Turned Our Hobby Into A Career” With Inessa & Alina Vike
Thrive Global
November 05, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned a pastime into a lifetime

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Tags: Startups, Retail, Sales

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Robert Eagar of Buckhead Film Group
Thrive Global
November 05, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned a pastime into a lifetime

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Tags: Social, Startups, Entrepreneurship

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Kelan Kline
Thrive Global
November 05, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned a pastime into a lifetime

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Tristan Gutner
Thrive Global
November 05, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned a pastime into a lifetime

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Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” with Dustin Tyler
Thrive Global
November 05, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned a pastime into a lifetime

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Rising Star Kazy Tauginas
Thrive Global
November 05, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned a pastime into a lifetime

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Suzanne Evans
Thrive Global
November 05, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned a pastime into a lifetime

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Tags: Culture, Future of Work, Entrepreneurship

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Tobias Showan of Exertia
Thrive Global
November 05, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned a pastime into a lifetime

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Entrepreneurship

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Isaac Myers III of Curlew Quarterly
Thrive Global
November 05, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned a pastime into a lifetime

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Tags: Social, Culture, Entrepreneurship

“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” With Lora Kellogg of Curious Jane
Thrive Global
November 05, 2019
Continuing my series on powerful women executives

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Future of Work

“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Beatrice Feliu-Espada, CEO of The Honey Pot Company
Thrive Global
November 05, 2019
Continuing my series on powerful women executives

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Future of Work

“5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became a VP” with Christine Loredo of Fintech Evangelism
Thrive Global
November 05, 2019
Continuing my series on powerful women executives

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Tags: Fintech, Management, Leadership

“5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became a CEO” With Fara Haron of Majorel
Thrive Global
November 05, 2019
Continuing my series on powerful women executives

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Tags: Customer Experience, Management, Leadership

“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a Founder” With Michelle Ribas of Brites Jewelry
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November 04, 2019
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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became the CEO of Kite Hill PR” With Tiffany Guarnaccia
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November 04, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Catharine Dockery of Vice…
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November 04, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Dancer & Fitness Trainer Kaley Hatfield
Thrive Global
November 04, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned a pastime into a lifetime

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Tags: Social, Startups, Entrepreneurship

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With songwriter & rapper Chris Parker
Thrive Global
November 04, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned a pastime into a lifetime

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Andrew Goren, CEO of Harmony Helper
Thrive Global
November 04, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned a pastime into a lifetime

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Tags: Innovation, Startups, Entrepreneurship

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Jessi Beyer
Thrive Global
November 04, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned a pastime into a lifetime

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Tags: Innovation, Startups, Entrepreneurship

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Rebecca Egbert
Thrive Global
November 04, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned a pastime into a lifetime

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Catharine Dockery of Vice Ventures
Thrive Global
November 04, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned a pastime into a lifetime

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Alex Eremia of BingeWith
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November 04, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Elena Maurel
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November 03, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Riley Ramone & Rebecca Breen
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November 03, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Jessi Beyer
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November 03, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Andrew Goren, CEO of Harmony
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November 03, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Carly Stein of Beekeeper’s…
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November 03, 2019
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Why Even Bother With Safety Training?
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November 03, 2019
By Phil La DukeAuthorI Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own Business and Lone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence Like most of you, I have to, as part of my job, periodically sit through grueling, excruciatingly dull, and completely worthless training. Training I don’t need. Trai

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Rebecca Egbert
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November 02, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Rebecca Gill, Co-Founder of…
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November 02, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Matt Secrist of BKA Content
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October 31, 2019
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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Brynne Caleda of Yoga Ed.
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October 31, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With songwriter & rapper Chris…
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October 31, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Dancer & Fitness Trainer…
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October 31, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Isaac Myers III of Curlew…
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October 31, 2019
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5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became an Executive” with Andrea Johnston of OpenTable An Interview with Phil La Duke
Thrive Global
October 30, 2019
Continuing my series on powerful women

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Jann Parish: “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became the CMO of Green Growth Brands” An Interview with Phil La Duke
Thrive Global
October 30, 2019
Continuing my series on powerful women

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Christina Fagan Pardy: “Why you need to form a network of other female entrepreneurs” An interview with Phil La Duke
Thrive Global
October 30, 2019
Continuing my series on powerful women

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Tags: Startups, Leadership, Culture

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Jake Kalick of Made In An interview with Phil La Duke
Thrive Global
October 30, 2019
Continuing my series on people who turned their hobbies into their careers

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Tags: Lean Startup, Startups, Culture

“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Don Allison of Faded…
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October 30, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Alexa Zappia of Rocks of…
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October 30, 2019
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Shachar Orren: “Here are 5 things I wish someone told me before I became the Chief Storytelling…
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October 30, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Sebastien Vanderlinden of…
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October 30, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Jake Kalick of Made In
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October 30, 2019
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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a President” with Meganne Wecker An Interview with Phil La Duke
Thrive Global
October 30, 2019
Continuing my series on powerful women

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Future of Work, Agile

Tracey Moss: “Why there is so much power in the word no” An interview with Phil La Duke
Thrive Global
October 30, 2019
Continuing my series on powerful women

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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became an Executive” with Yaffa Cohen-Ifrah CMO at…
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October 27, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Artist Robyn Blair Davidson
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October 27, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Julia Kelly of JK…
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October 27, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Kevin Pierce of 320 Toys LLC
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October 20, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Nick Bogacz of Caliente…
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October 20, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Maghon Taylor of All She…
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October 20, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Melissa Ben-Ishay of Baked…
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October 18, 2019
An interview with Phil La DukeContinue reading on Authority Magazine »

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Heather Marianna of Beauty…
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October 18, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Jeff Hoferer of PackGeek
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October 17, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Gemma Bonham-Carter
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October 17, 2019
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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Chelle Neff of Urban Betty
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October 17, 2019
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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Hilah Stahl of Spoak Decor
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October 17, 2019
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“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a Founder” with Adina Jacobs of STM Brands
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October 17, 2019
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Fear the Reaper, Not the Safety Guy
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October 12, 2019
By Phil La DukeBurnt Out Safety Consultant, Iconoclast, and  Author of I Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own Business and Lone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence I’m a consultant  being a consultant means going to a lot of workplaces and meeting a lot of different people in

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Just Gimme Some Truth
Medium.com
October 04, 2019
One meets a lot of idiots in my line of work, and more than times than there should be those idiots work in safety. From the idiot safety appointee when I worked on the line who was given this lucrative salaried position in safety because, if his impressive credentials as a failed hairdresser and the fact that his brother was a middle managers with cheese and sawdust in his head to the clinical imbecile who hounded me to tie my shoes but never once mentioned the hazard of me wearing a metal watch and belt buckle in an area ripe for an arc flash incident (which tragically took the life of a worker a month or so later. He was fried to a crisp, but by God his shoes were tightly tied.)

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“5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became a CEO” with Nicole Moore of Love Works An Interview with Phil La Duke
Thrive Global
September 25, 2019
Continuing my series on powerful women

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Elise Caira of Sweat Fixx An interview with Phil La Duke
Thrive Global
September 21, 2019
Continuing my series on powerful women

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Putting the “Health” in Health & Safety
Medium.com
September 21, 2019
Last week I went to urgent care. Nothing too serious, I had an infection in my elbow that suddenly started to spread rapidly. I’m on antibiotics and things are improving just as rapidly as they went south. It was an unexpected yet completely predictable medical breakdown.

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Lisa Niver An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 12, 2019
Another in my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers.

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Rhian Allen of The Healthy Mommy An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 12, 2019
Another in my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers.

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When it Comes To Safety There is No Room for Politeness
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September 11, 2019
By Phil La Duke I Know My Shoes Are Untied Mind Your Own Business and Lone Gunman Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence It occurs to me that one or two of you might have actually noticed that I haven’t posted to my blog in a couple of weeks. I could claim that I have […]

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Mark Thompson An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 11, 2019
Another in my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers.

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Dr. Heather Rothbauer-Wanish, of Feather Communications An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 11, 2019
Another in my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers.

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Liz Fuller An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 11, 2019
Another in my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers.

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With James Collie of ICEMULE
Authority
September 11, 2019
Another in my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers.

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Dr. Steven J. Hausman An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 11, 2019
Another in my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers.

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Chris Englert An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 11, 2019
Another in my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers.

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Chef Lucia E. Robles
Authority
September 10, 2019
Another in my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers.

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Kathryn Starke of Creative Minds Publications An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 10, 2019
Another in my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers.

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Kate Swoboda of YourCourageousLife.com An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 08, 2019
Another in my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers.

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Kishore Vasnani of Nomad Lane An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 08, 2019
Another in my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers.

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Kelley Legler of Baby Jack & Company An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 08, 2019
Another in my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers.

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Paul Benhaim An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 08, 2019
Another in my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers.

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“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Erica Groussman & Stephanie Pyatt of TRUWOMEN An interview with Phil La Duke
Authority
September 08, 2019
Another in my series on people who turned their hobbies into careers.

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“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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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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“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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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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“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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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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“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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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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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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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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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Management

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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Tags: Health and Safety, HR

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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Tags: Culture, Health and Safety, Management

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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Tags: Culture, Health and Safety, Management

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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Tags: Marketing, Social