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Phil La Duke

Principle Consultant at Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Allen Park, MI, United States

891 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 nearly 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 240 peer-reviewed articles he is far from a mere theoretician. Phil has practical, real-world experience implementing large-scale safety culture interventions for the auto industry, heavy truck manufacturing, healthcare, aerospace, logistics, entertainment, Oil & Gas, and mining. He has designed and led major change interventions throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Hungary, Japan, and Germany.

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

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

Phil La DukePoints
Academic50
Author511
Influencer105
Speaker80
Entrepreneur20
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Company Information

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

Areas of Expertise

Design Thinking 42.25
Health and Safety 100
Innovation 48.66
Leadership 100
Lean Startup 39.77
Management 100
Marketing 35.41
Procurement 32.28
Social 67.93
Startups 36.75
Sustainability 86.34
Emerging Technology 46.30
Culture 69.08
Future of Work 100
HR 100
Open Innovation
Agile 45.37
Predictive Analytics 45.91
Digital Disruption 32.84
Customer Experience 43.84
IoT 30.66
Digital Transformation 30.20

Industry Experience

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

311 Article/Blogs
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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Tags: Health and Safety

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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Tags: Health and Safety

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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Tags: Health and Safety

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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Tags: Health and Safety

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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Tags: Health and Safety

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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Traumatic Brain Injuries: Head Injuries Are Not To Be Trifled With
Health & Safety International Magazine
October 26, 2018
An article on traumatic brain injuries for HSI magazine

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Tags: Health and Safety

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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Saving Your Skin: The Importance of Protective Clothing
HSME
October 19, 2018
An article on skin protection for HSME

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Tags: Health and Safety

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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Tags: Health and Safety, HR, Management

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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Tags: Health and Safety, Leadership, Management

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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Tags: Management, Culture, Future of Work

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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Tags: Sustainability, Management, Health and Safety

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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Confined Spaces
HSI Magazine
March 29, 2018
Article for the UK-Based Safety magazine

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

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Tags: Social

Asleep On The Job
HSI Magazine
February 19, 2018
Article for the UK-Based Safety magazine

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Tags: Health and Safety, HR

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

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Tags: HR, Social

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

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Management

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

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Management

How To Stay Safe In Extreme Temperatures
HSI Magazine
February 01, 2018
Article for the UK-Based Safety magazine

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Tags: Health and Safety

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

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, Future of Work, Marketing

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

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

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

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

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

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Tags: Leadership, Management

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

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Tags: Social

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

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Tags: Future of Work, Marketing, Startups

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

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Tags: Future of Work, Marketing, Startups

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

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Tags: Agile, HR, Management

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

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Tags: Management, Social, Sustainability

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

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Sustainability

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

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Tags: Management

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

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Tags: Management, Social, Sustainability

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

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Tags: Management, Marketing, Social

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

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Tags: Leadership, Marketing, Social

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

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Tags: Culture, HR, Social

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

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Tags: Management, Procurement, Social

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

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Tags: Future of Work, HR, Sustainability

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

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Tags: Leadership, Social

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

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Tags: Future of Work, Innovation

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

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Tags: Future of Work, Innovation

5 Steps to Becoming A More Effective Safety Leader
Australia Institute For Safety
March 13, 2017
Practical tips for improving safety leadership

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Tags: Culture, Health and Safety, Leadership

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

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Tags: Agile, Culture, Leadership

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

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Social

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

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Tags: Customer Experience, Management

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

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Tags: Lean Startup, Management, Startups

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

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Tags: Customer Experience

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

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology, Social

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

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Tags: Future of Work, HR, Management

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

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Tags: Future of Work, Lean Startup, Startups

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

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Tags: Design Thinking, Future of Work, Sustainability

Bhopal Disaster: A Tragedy That Exposed the Dangers of Toxic Gases It's a matter of life and death
HSI Magazine
January 10, 2017
Article for the UK-Based Safety magazine

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

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Future of Work, Social

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

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Tags: Leadership, Predictive Analytics, Sustainability

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

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Tags: HR, Predictive Analytics, Sustainability

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

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

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Tags: Lean Startup, Startups, Sustainability

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

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Tags: HR, Management, Sustainability

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

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Sustainability

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

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Tags: Future of Work, Marketing, Social

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

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Tags: Future of Work, Management, Sustainability

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

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

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Tags: Future of Work, Management, Sustainability

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

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Tags: Future of Work, Management, Sustainability

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

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

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Tags: Social

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

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Sustainability

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

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Tags: Leadership, Management

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

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Social

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

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Sustainability

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

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Tags: Future of Work, Innovation, Management

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

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Tags: Agile, Future of Work

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

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Tags: Agile, Future of Work

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

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Management

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

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

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Management

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

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Startups

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

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Tags: Future of Work, Leadership, Social

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

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Tags: HR, Leadership, Management

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

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Tags: Leadership, Social

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

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Tags: Future of Work, Leadership, Management

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

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

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

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Tags: Future of Work, Management, Social

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

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Tags: Future of Work, Startups

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

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Tags: Leadership, Social

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

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

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

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

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Tags: Future of Work, HR, Social

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

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Tags: Leadership, Lean Startup, Management

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

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Tags: Leadership, Lean Startup, Management

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

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

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

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Social

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

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

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

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Tags: Sustainability, Management, Health and Safety

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

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Tags: Leadership, Management

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

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

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Tags: Social

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

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

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

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

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

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Tags: Health and Safety, Social

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

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

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Tags: Leadership, Management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tags: Future of Work, Management, Startups

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We Don't Need LinkedIn To Become Another Facebook
LinkedIn
April 03, 2015
A recurring theme with me.

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Safety Slogans Don't Save Lives
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
April 01, 2015
Deming was right...don't waste your time on them

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Let’s get out of the blame and shame business
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
February 27, 2015
Just Culture is a management philosophy designed to hold people appropriately accountable. According to one of the current thought leaders in Just Culture, there are three basic kinds of behavior: human error, at risk behavior, and recklessness.

The larger message of Just Culture is that blame is a counterproductive and useless exercise that feels good but doesn’t really accomplish much angers the people being blamed and make them defensive.

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Let's Get Out of the Shame And Blame Business
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
February 27, 2015
Just Culture is a management philosophy designed to hold people appropriately accountable. According to one of the current thought leaders in Just Culture, there are three basic kinds of behavior: human error, at risk behavior, and recklessness.

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Keeping Temporary Workers Safe Isn't Your Problem? Think Again
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
February 25, 2015
As OSHA increases its interest in enforcing the safety of temporary workers, manufacturers that hire temporary workers will find greater federal scrutiny that could make the practice less profitable than it once was.

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Safety Aint What It Used to be
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
February 10, 2015
Safety is a relatively new function. When it was created in the mid 70s, it was typically an assignment tacked on to someone’s existing job. There were no instructions, or templates for doing a good job.

Most safety people were expected to make it up as they went and predictably many were successful while many more were not.

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Lone-Gunman Based-Safety
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
February 05, 2015
Ever since Jack Ruby gunned down Lee Harvey Oswald while being transferred from a Dallas police station to county jail debate has raged as to whether or not Oswald acted alone or if he was part of a larger conspiracy. There’s not much satisfaction in the “Lone Gunman” theory; it lacks the panache and high drama of a conspiracy, but beyond that, the Lone Gunman theory seems too simple, too convenient, and too pat. I got thinking about the Lone Gunman theory as it pertains to safety and think the comparison is apt.

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Taking A New Look At Safety
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
January 27, 2015
We have to view safety in a radically different way and I realize going into this I upset some of the delicate sensibilities of some in the safety community. But safety cannot be effective on a functional level; it needs to be managed by operations. Operations ownership of safety isn’t a new idea, and certainly not a radical change, but what I am suggesting is more than simply moving a corporate function out of administration or compliance to under operations leadership.

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New Year's Resolution For Safety Pros
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
January 27, 2015
We have to view safety in a radically different way and I realize going into this I upset some of the delicate sensibilities of some in the safety community. But safety cannot be effective on a functional level; it needs to be managed by operations. Operations ownership of safety isn’t a new idea, and certainly not a radical change, but what I am suggesting is more than simply moving a corporate function out of administration or compliance to under operations leadership.

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How To Quit Your Job
LinkedIn
January 26, 2015
There's a right way and a disastrous way

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New Year's Resolutions for Safety Pros
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
January 06, 2015
A topic the safety press never gets tired of, even though I do

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Is Yours a Fear-Driven Culture
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
December 17, 2014
Deming said, "drive fear out of the organization" but for many companies fear is the go to motivator.

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Tags: Culture, Management, Sustainability

Is Your's A Fear Driven Culture
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
December 16, 2014
Culture is all the rage in safety these days. Circa 1972 James Reason made the observation that before an organization can create a “Just Culture” it must first create a “Safety Culture.” Reason wasn’t talking about worker safety, at least not in the way we tend to think of it. Unfortunately, the snake oil salesmen have glommed onto the term like lampreys on a fish’s soft white underbelly and subvert it more and more each day.

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What Exec Ever Said "Let's Just Be Profitable Enough?"
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
December 02, 2014
Overheard in an executive suite: “We don’t want to be world-class; we just want to be ‘safe enough’.” This doesn’t mean executives are heartless capitalists willing to break the bodies of workers just to earn an extra couple of bucks, and it doesn’t necessarily mean they care any less about safety than the rest of us; as Michael Corleone might have said, “it’s just business.”

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Where is the Value In Safety Day
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
November 18, 2014
Shouldn't every day be "safety day?”

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Adapt or Die -- Some Chilling Lessons From the Ice Industry
Entrepreneur Magazine
October 01, 2014
Entrepreneurs must learn how to pivot their business model with changing times.

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Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
September 05, 2014
The broader view of business sustainability explores ways to reduce the carbon footprint, use resources more efficiently, and use less resources overall. But most important, it stops wasting precious time, money, and resources on processes that can hurt workers.

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Safety in the Digital Age: Regulating Worker Use of Distracting Devices
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
September 05, 2014
The dangers of distraction while working have garnered a great deal of attention. Distraction increases the risk of injury, but taking the appropriate steps to reduce distraction are neither easy nor simple. Much thought must be given to the consequences, fairness, and practicality of any regulations aimed at reducing the risks associated with worker distraction.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology, Health and Safety

Risky stunts, skydiving and SFX: Movie production safety supervisors
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
August 01, 2014
On February 20 during a camera test for the film, “Midnight Rider,” (a new biopic of Gregg Allman), a freight train slammed into the production crew on a narrow railroad trestle bridge in rural Georgia, taking the life of a 27-year old second camera assistant and injuring six other crew members, one of them seriously. On July 3, the film’s director and two others were charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass.

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When it Comes to Safety Fix the Problem Not the Blame
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
July 31, 2014
As business increasingly uses safety performance as a criterion to judge the worthiness of a supplier, avoiding these common mistakes is crucial to remaining competitive.

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Loss of Net Neutrality Risks a Less Friendly Internet for Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur Magazine
July 02, 2014
The Internet where spunky startups have a real chance of toppling lumbering giants will be no more if net neutrality is killed by regulatory edict.

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6 Ways to Improve Workplace Safety Without Going Broke
Entrepreneur Magazine
June 16, 2014
Adopt a proactive approach to save your small business from physical danger and financial peril.

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5 Surefire Ways to Wreck Your Social Media Network
Entrepreneur Magazine
June 06, 2014
Today, a strong and vibrant online network is as valuable as a Rolodex was to a salesperson in the 1950s. But unlike the clunky rotating card file, these digital networks are easily destroyed. To protect your network (and you really need to) avoid these following common mistakes:

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Why We Violate The Rules: Revisited
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
May 28, 2014
In many cases, rules actually produce unintended consequences that are far worse than the behaviors we are trying to shape. Let's think through this food for thought together.

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If the middle class continues to shrink, safety loses an important ally
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
May 15, 2014
As the middle-class shrinks there are fewer people willing to speak up for safety.

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If the Middle Class Continues to Shrink Safety Loses An Important Ally
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
May 15, 2014
Only when safety is seen as a means of greater productivity instead of overhead will it ever be safe from the chopping block.

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If A Temp Dies On The Job Does It Count
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
May 05, 2014
“Temp” as in temporary; a temporary person. The designation shows how much value we tend to place on those in the workforce who won’t be around very long. It doesn’t make much sense to throw away money on

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If A Temp Dies On the Job Does It Count?
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
May 05, 2014
“Temp” as in temporary; a temporary person. The designation shows how much value we tend to place on those in the workforce who won’t be around very long. It doesn’t make much sense to throw away money on something you don’t intend to keep, and so it is for the safety of a growing number of temporary workers and contractors who, in the eyes of so many employers (and too many of their safety professionals) don’t count as much as long-term employees.

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Don't Get Zapped---Six Electrical Safety Scenarios
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
May 01, 2014
Since the days of Thomas Edison’s feud with Nickola Tesla, electrical safety has been a primary concern. Electricity-related injuries account for some of the most serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace.

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Six Simple Ways To Change Your Life
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
May 01, 2014
Years ago I worked in talent development for one of the largest faith-based healthcare systems in the United States. I left it to pursue other career goals but it never left me, at least not completely.

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OSHA has no regulation for sleep deprivation – but you must know who is fit for duty
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
April 25, 2014
Before you blame the worker, or even the PPE itself for some workplace incident, consider that the worker may be sleep deprived.

Often, when a worker is confronted for violating a policy, he or she will shrug and say, “I forgot.” Many safety professionals are realizing that human errors, behavioral drift and even recklessness can be traced to a growing threat to workplace safety –a lack of sleep.

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Safety: Are You Good or Just Lucky?
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
April 23, 2014
When safety systems are designed and managed to look at multiple areas of risk and analyze them in a holistic context, they provide a more useful way to measure safety than simply counting bodies and broken bones.

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I would never belong to a group that would have me as a member The rise of the self-loathing safety professional
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
April 09, 2014
One colleague joked, that all he has to do to cut off any conversation was to introduce himself and say, “I work in worker safety,” after which he can slip into the oblivion of a good read while listening to his favorite music. That conversation planted a germ of an idea that I have been kicking around ever since: “Why are there so many self-loathing safety professionals?”

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What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Worker Safety
Entrepreneur Magazine
March 30, 2014
Many entrepreneurs give worker safety short shrift. It's not that they are bad people, indifferent to human suffering. Rather it's that business owners have so many important things on their plate that many believe that there’s no point worrying about something that may never happen.

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Want to Change the World? Maybe Try Being an Intrapraneur.
Entrepreneur Magazine
March 30, 2014
The difference between success and failure is more than just luck. While many universities do a poor job in preparing individuals to be entrepreneurs, prospective new business owners need to learn how to be successful somewhere. And the place to best place to learn may be inside a traditional workplace, by becoming an intrapreneur.

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The Injury Continuum
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
March 14, 2014
When a worker screws up and gets hurt, organizations tend to react in one of two ways: Either they rush head long to the conclusion that the errant employee needs more training or they are resolute in the belief that the worker knew (or should have known) that what he or she did was wrong and did it anyway. While these circumstances are sometimes the case, they are far from the only possibility.

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If You Don't Have Something Important to Say About Safety Than Shut Up
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
January 27, 2014
Years ago I worked security at a power plant. I wasn’t a peace officer, far from it; in fact, I wasn’t even allowed to carry a big flashlight to protect myself. My job, plain and simply was to observe and report to actual peace officers, who would sort out the things that needed sorting. The job, while not exactly cerebral, did serve as a valuable source of life lessons, chief among them, that I never wanted to work in security again. Not to denigrate the security profession; it’s just not for me. One thing that the security firm for which I worked did particularly well was “roll call.”

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Safety in the Digital Age: Regulating Worker Use of Distracting Devices
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
January 23, 2014
The dangers of distraction while working have garnered a great deal of attention. Distraction increases the risk of injury, but taking the appropriate steps to reduce distraction are neither easy nor simple. Much thought must be given to the consequences, fairness, and practicality of any regulations aimed at reducing the risks associated with worker distraction.

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Tags: Culture, Digital Transformation, Health and Safety

At What Point Does Safety Become Overly Intrusive?
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
January 21, 2014
How much should safety invest in getting me to be safe when I am away from the job and on my own time? At what point is my safety none of the company's business?

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Requiem For Prevention
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
January 15, 2014
Decades of focusing on prevention has not meaningfully reduced workplace fatalities. Maybe it's time for a new approach

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Proposed: Change our Name From the Safety Profession to the Injury Prevention Profession-injury-prevention-profession
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
December 04, 2013
Safe is a relative term. Absolute Safety is a myth. Maybe we should call it the injury prevention department

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Do People Really Care About Worker Safety?
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
November 20, 2013
Scott Geller professes to ”prefer to be optimistic and humanistic, believing that the silent majority does care about the safety and health of others, and wants to do the right thing."

I am always suspicious when people start to ascribe motivations and values to the "silent majority." In this case, it is the silence itself that is damning; we can speculate all we want about what lies in the hearts and minds of Mr. and Mrs. John Doe, but in the end if one sees an issue and chooses to remain quiet on it, it is, at least in my opinion, a manifestation of a lack of concern.

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Quacks Shilling Safety Transformations
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
October 30, 2013
Unsustainable culture change isn't really culture change; it's climate change

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Working in the Line of Fire
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
October 24, 2013
Line of fire injuries remain an enigma. here are some reasons why – regardless of engineering controls, guarding or bypass interlocks – workers that continue to put themselves into the line of fire will eventually die on the job.

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Safety In the Digital Age: Regulating Distracting Devices
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
October 11, 2013
Safety struggles to keep up with the hazards posed by distracting devices

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Anti-Social Networking
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
October 03, 2013
I speak my mind, in person and in print. Some like it some do not. I don’t really care if people don’t like my style—different strokes for different folks I’ve always said. But recently I have seen an alarming spike in a lack of manners and civility among the denizens of the so-called social media. For some many of you, a lecture on manners coming from me is laughable and may smack of hypocrisy—after all I am not exactly shy about whip-slapping the unfortunate mouth-breather who comes crashing into my inbox.

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Your Mother Doesn't Work Here: Why Housekeeping Matters
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
September 20, 2013
The dangers of poor housekeeping are real. It saps productivity, morale and operating efficiency, yet goes largely ignored. When every competitive dollar counts, it's puzzling that more shops don’t make a concerted effort to address a problem that is so easy to fix.

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Mouthing Off About Safety
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
September 18, 2013
In 2011, Harold D. Stolovitch published the book, Telling Aint Training a book that I confess to having not read—no judgment here, I read voraciously but just haven’t gotten around to reading this particular book. Why mention a book I haven’t read? Simple: the title intrigues me (apparently not enough to shell out $17.50 for the book, or even enough to drive the approximately one mile to the public library and at least ask about checking out a copy, but that’s neither here nor there.)

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If You Want To Change the Culture Focus On "Must Do" Behaviors Not "Don't Do"
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
September 18, 2013
Perhaps the best thing about working in Organizational Development is that I don’t hang around any one industry for protracted periods of time; I basically am called into solve a problem, that, once solved, eliminates the need for my services. (It plays hell with repeat business, but then I don’t hang around like some smarmy parasite that convinces the client of needs that are questionable at one end of the spectrum and out-and-out fraud at the other end.)

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What Would Doris Do?
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
August 29, 2013
Hazard analysis is a key to appropriately protecting workers from dangers in the workplace, but too often we do a mediocre job.

Protecting workers from the hazards they are likely to encounter can’t be a half measure and most workplaces would benefit from better and more accurate hazard analysis and risk management. Like Goldilocks, Hazard Analysis needs to be just right—not overly protective, but also not overly reliant on common sense, probability, or good luck.

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Working In The Line Of Fire
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
August 22, 2013
When someone dies in the workforce through no fault of his or her own it’s undeniably a tragedy. But in many people’s minds, line of fire injuries—those injuries that result when a worker places his or her body in the direct path of a serious hazard—the injured worker must bear at least some culpability for his or her injury. It’s especially easy to dismiss a line of fire injury as the worker’s “own damned fault,” but is it?

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Working In The Line Of Fire
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
August 22, 2013
When someone dies in the workforce through no fault of his or her own it’s undeniably a tragedy. But in many people’s minds, line of fire injuries—those injuries that result when a worker places his or her body in the direct path of a serious hazard—the injured worker must bear at least some culpability for his or her injury. It’s especially easy to dismiss a line of fire injury as the worker’s “own damned fault,” but is it?

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Breaking Down Resistance
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
August 14, 2013
When it comes to organizational change, for my money you can’t beat the work of Edgar Schein. Schein is considered by many to be the father of organizational development; he coined the term “corporate culture” and if for that fact alone should be revered in the same hushed tones in which people talk about Edison, Deming, or Jobs. I’ve written about Schein’s work before, but a thousand or so words ranted in frothy hyperbole from what amounts to a hot head and malcontent is hardly sufficient to explain the great man’s thoughts, let alone apply them to safety.

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Near Misses
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
August 07, 2013
Though near miss reporting is a sacred cow among safety professionals, Phil La Duke of Environmental Resources Management examines why most shops waste vital resources and scarce funds relentlessly pursuing a goal that they cannot – and in most cases should not – achieve.

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The folly of safety reminders
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
July 24, 2013
It’s been awhile since I blogged about the role of behavior in worker safety. Truth be told, despite the tonnage of digital ink I have devoted to criticizing Behavior Based Safety, I am a firm believer in an organization’s need to address worker behaviors that cause injuries, but I differ with many BBS devotees on the best way to do so.

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Safety isn’t immune to hiring for technical skills and firing for interpersonal skills
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
July 17, 2013

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Legitimizing risk
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
July 12, 2013
Legalizing high risk activities legitimizes them, because they are legal, people mistakenly believe them to be safe.

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Why housekeeping and static electricity are no longer “no big deal”
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
July 05, 2013
The safety rumour mill is buzzing about the probability that governments are about to target a hazard that many of us really haven’t given much thought to: dust.

I can’t tell you how many times I have been on audits where the merest mention of poor housekeeping send eyes rolling and smirks crackling like lightning strikes across the faces of both leadership and the rank-and-file alike.

“You’re going to write up poor housekeeping? Talk about nit-picking.”

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Stereotypes Get A Bad Rap
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
June 28, 2013
High functioning safety environments that save lives, reduce costs and boost efficiency are built from strong teams of different personalities with styles that are more persuasive, easier and more pleasant to work with, and generally more effective in all areas.

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Are Bad References Holding You Back?
Monster
June 26, 2013
Guest blogger for Monster

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Misleading indicators
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
June 21, 2013
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Nearly every safety professional worth his or her salt has been told that he or she needs to look at both leading and lagging indicators; it’s good advice, in fact, it’s advice I’ve given many times in articles and speeches over the years. But in my last post (two weeks ago—I spent the last week at a customer site and with the travel travails I just couldn’t bring myself to hammer out a post, deepest apologies to my fans and detractors alike) I questioned the value of tracking (not reporting or investigating, mind you, just tracking) near misses.

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The Biggest Threat To Safety Might Be You and I
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
June 07, 2013
Poor quality of safety training may represent the greatest threat to worker safety.

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Fairness is the foundation of a safety culture
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
May 31, 2013
Without a prevailing sense of fair play there can be no safety culture

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A @#$# storm In Texas
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
May 02, 2013
As safety professionals all over the civilized world continued to congratulate themselves on the swell job they’re all doing, someone had to piss on the picnic and blow up a fertilizer plant.

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Road rash: Business travel and injuries How big a problem is it?
Health & Safety International
April 24, 2013
Injuries while on the road are a big problem, especially in Europe

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Why Won't My Customer Call Me Back?
Entrepreneur Magazine
April 16, 2013
The cruel truth is that nobody is going to be in trouble for forgetting about your proposal.

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The Greatest Threat To Safety Might Be Your Safety Training
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
April 03, 2013

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The Greatest Threat To Safety Might Be Your Safety Training
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
April 03, 2013
Poor quality of safety training may represent the greatest threat to worker safety.

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How will your job kill you? Considering the top causes of workplace fatalities
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
March 22, 2013
Knowledge is power, in this case the power to save your life.

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Don't Hurt Yourself
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
March 20, 2013
Phil La Duke of ERM explains why this nice sentiment to express concern doesn’t work as the flawed philosophy behind Behavior Based Safety, a wrong-headed and ironically dangerous safety system.

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Safety: The New Competitive Advantage in a World of Liability
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
March 13, 2013
PPhil La Duke of ERM reports on why more companies are using a prospective supplier’s safety record as criteria for awarding business and why some shops are losing profitable contracts to competitors with better safety records.

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Worker Safety Is an Entrepreneurial Imperative
Entrepreneur Magazine
March 05, 2013
We can't responsibly wait for a tragedy to make us safety conscious.

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You Want to be Published? Be Careful What You Wish For.
Entrepreneur Magazine
March 03, 2013
If you're worried about your excessive self esteem, start sending your writing to editors who don't know who you are or care about your feelings

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Bleeding money: how much does safety really cost? True costs go beyond PPE, wages paid to safety dept.
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
February 27, 2013
The unsafe workplace costs a lot of money. The financial magnitude of expenses incurred in operating an unsafe workplace must be understood. This examination of the true costs associated with poor safety uncovers how far they extend beyond simply counting the cost of safety glasses or wages paid to the safety department. (Guest Blog)

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Are you turning a blind eye to hazards? Biases can get in the way of decision-making
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
February 21, 2013
Hazards come in many shapes and sizes—from the physical to the behavioral and all points in between. And the efficacy with which hazards are identified to a large extent shape the overall effectiveness of your safety management system. So what happens when your personal or organizational biases prevent you from seeing things accurately and honestly?

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Bleeding Money: How Much Does Safety Really Cost?
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
February 20, 2013
The unsafe workplace costs a lot of money. The financial magnitude of expenses incurred in operating an unsafe workplace must be understood. This examination of the true costs associated with poor safety uncovers how far they extend beyond simply counting the cost of safety glasses or wages paid to the safety department.

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Pulling Safety Out of It's Rut the
Health & Safety International
February 06, 2013
Let’s be clear, there is no such thing as a safe workplace. Sure we can slap each other on the back and brag to one another about the four years without a recordable injury and we can tell ourselves that we have achieved a Utopian risk-free workplace but the reality is, there is always some probability that a worker will be harmed in the course of doing his or her job.

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How To Quit Your Job
Monster
February 04, 2013
Guest blogger for Monster

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Is Your Workplace Ripe for A Serious Injury?
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
January 10, 2013
The absence of injuries does not denote the presence of safety. In fact, a series of near misses indicates a problem in your safety management. Here are some important safety factors that identify whether your shop is at heightened risk of a serious injury or fatality.

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For your consideration: 10 resolutions for EHS pros for 2013
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
January 02, 2013
New Year's resolutions for Safety Pros

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Rules only protect people if they follow them
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
December 26, 2012
People don’t follow the rules. I’ve written and spoken extensively on why we don’t follow the rules. For rules to be effective there must be a reasonable expectation of compliance. In other words, if you know in your heart of hearts that nobody in their right mind will do what is prescribed, then irrespective of you employee handbook, it really isn’t a rule.

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Dear Victims of Workplace Fatalities
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
December 11, 2012
I wrote a scathing indictment of the complacency and lack of accountability in the safety profession regarding worker deaths. I wrote this at the same time, but after all the fall out of the first letter (posted a week prior) I almost didn't submit this for print. In many ways I still wish I hadn't

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Crying over spilt milk; mistakes are inevitable, injuries are not
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
December 04, 2012
People make mistakes; it’s what makes us human. The propensity for human error is practically embedded in our DNA. While the idiom holds that there is no use crying over spilled milk, might there not be some benefit in examining the causes, contributors, and catalysts associated with poor decision-making?

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Why safety fails:When good safety systems go bad
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
November 14, 2012
For many organizations the great recession has forever changed the way organizations gauge the success of its safety efforts—and for a lot of us—our safety management systems that were once judge effective by senior managers are now considered failures.
There are a relatively few reasons that safety systems fail.

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What Happened
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
October 31, 2012
During the chaos that often follows a workplace injury, poor incident investigation can often leave us scratching our heads. To improve incident investigation, Phil La Duke of Rockford Greene International explains how to address the five most alarmingly common mistakes that people make under the pressure of the moment

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The Basics of Safety Part 2
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
October 31, 2012
In Part Two of his back-to-basics series, Phil La Duke of Rockford Greene explores why the widest gulf between safety philosophies lies between these two of the more popular systematic approaches.

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The 6 pillars of safety
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
October 19, 2012
The Safety function wasn’t designed in most organizations, it evolved. Unfortunately when functions evolve they tend to organizational artifacts staffed by people who are long on activity and short on results. But given the opportunity to reengineer the safety function, what would you do? Where would you make changes? What would you keep and build on and what would you throw on the scrap heap?

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The 6 pillars of safety
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
October 19, 2012
The Safety function wasn’t designed in most organizations, it evolved. Unfortunately when functions evolve they tend to organizational artifacts staffed by people who are long on activity and short on results. But given the opportunity to reengineer the safety function, what would you do? Where would you make changes? What would you keep and build on and what would you throw on the scrap heap?

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Engagement: The Key to Changing Your Safety Culture
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
October 02, 2012
Engagement is different from motivation. Phil La Duke of Rockford Greene examines why a motivated employee will work hard for a week to win a prize, but an engaged employee will work hard every week because it is good for the organization, and what’s good for the organization is good for them.

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The Art of Screwing Up
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
October 02, 2012
Engagement is different from motivation. Phil La Duke of Rockford Greene examines why a motivated employee will work hard for a week to win a prize, but an engaged employee will work hard every week because it is good for the organization, and what’s good for the organization is good for them.

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14 Points of Workplace Safety
Fabricating & Metalworking
September 13, 2012
Riffing off of Deming's points of management I created my own for safety

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The 14 Points of Workplace Safety
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
September 13, 2012
By merging the engineering discipline, process control and business acumen of W. Edwards Deming to the practical world of employee protection, Phil La Duke of Rockford Greene International introduces some profound principles of worker safety that are an absolute must for manufacturers.

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Applying Deming to workplace safety
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
September 12, 2012
Long before I became a safety professional I worked as a consultant to one of the former Big Three automobile manufacturers. I was brought in as part of a State of Michigan government grant to save a factory that auto maker had decided to decommission. The consultants were given pretty much cart blanc to try anything and everything to turn things around.

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Fraidy cats: How fear affects worker safety Are we too afraid to stay safe?
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
September 12, 2012
The malingering global economy has created, in many workplaces, a pervasive climate of fear. Fear can undermine worker safety in many ways. But unless we understand the nature and origins of this fear, we can never implement effective countermeasures.

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Recruiting Hesitant Job Seekers
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
August 22, 2012
Guest blog for ISHN magazine offering tips for attracting job seekers. Recent studies suggest that despite high unemployment rates and an uncertain economy, nearly half of the currently employed workers in the U.S. are actively seeking to switch employers. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Years of pay cuts, forced furloughs, and managers with “if you don’t like it, there’s the door” attitudes have created an unprecedented level of job dissatisfaction.

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Manufacturing Engineers: Holistic Heroes of Safety
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
August 16, 2012
Phil La Duke of Rockford Greene explains why the skills and tools of this engineer are essential to the creation of a safe and predictable workplace that improves process capability by reducing variation in each stage of the product lifecycle

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Universal Ownership and Accountability
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
August 08, 2012
I hear a lot of complaints from safety professionals. Chief among them is that they are held accountable when other people get hurt. It’s a fair bone of contention. In so many workplaces, workers cut corners and whine about the inconvenience of the protections put in place to protect them, supervisors encourage unsafe behaviors, and operations leadership turn a blind eye to recklessness and noncompliance.

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Universal Ownership and Accountability
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
August 08, 2012
I hear a lot of complaints from safety professionals. Chief among them is that they are held accountable when other people get hurt. It’s a fair bone of contention. In so many workplaces, workers cut corners and whine about the inconvenience of the protections put in place to protect them, supervisors encourage unsafe behaviors, and operations leadership turn a blind eye to recklessness and noncompliance.

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Behavior-based safety: A critic assesses its shortcomings
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
July 11, 2012
BBS is an antiquated and dangerous system, and yet people still insist on using it.

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HR of Safety? Who’s responsible for stopping workplace bullying?
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
July 08, 2012
Workplace bullying is a growing problem, but who is responsible for stopping it?

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Is workplace bullying a threat to worker safety? And if so what can be done about it?
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
June 27, 2012
Workplace bullying is threat to worker safety, sustainability, and profitability.

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A Day in the Life of an Ergonomist
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
June 03, 2012
Utility Player: Phil La Duke explores how human factors engineering is used to find the perfect balance of the concurrent priorities between manual labor productivity and worker health and safety.
WITH VIDEO

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A Comp
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
May 23, 2012
Quantifying the value provided by the safety function isn’t easy—most of what it does is cost avoidance rather than profit, and when one talks about cost avoidance, the conversation can quickly turn hypothetical. Despite these difficulties it is still possible to put together a compelling business case for safety.

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Dear Victims of Workplace Fatalities
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
May 17, 2012
I wrote a scathing indictment of the complacency and lack of accountability in the safety profession regarding worker deaths. I wrote this at the same time, but after all the fall out of the first letter (posted a week prior) I almost didn't submit this for print. In many ways I still wish I hadn't

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Who Needs an Environmental Hygienist?
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
May 09, 2012
Phil La Duke of Rockford Greene International continues his look at the various specialties within the Safety function by exploring a role focused on maintaining regulatory compliance, protecting the workers, environment, and in some cases the products from coming into contact with hazardous chemicals.

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Taking Control Of Your Career
Monster
April 16, 2012
Guest blogger for Monster

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The Safety Generalist
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
April 09, 2012
Before discussing specialization within a particular area of safety, Phil La Duke of Rockford Greene first explores the role and duties of the one who typically owns worker safety from “soup to nuts” within a given manufacturing facility.

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Beware: common Sense Can Kill You
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
April 04, 2012
In the book, “Risk Makes Sense: Human Judgment and Risk,” by Dr. Robert Long and Joshua Long, the authors attempt to debunk the “myth of common sense” and what they have to say resonates with me.

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The Death of the “Safety Guy”
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
March 14, 2012
When it comes to making the workplace safer, there is as much room for people who acquired their safety pedigree through years of work experience and corporate training as there is for those who acquired theirs in a university.

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Preparing for an Uncertain Future: What Tomorrow’s Safety Professional Should Be Studying Today
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
February 12, 2012
In a dynamic business environment, the decisions one makes today can have a profound impact on their safety career tomorrow. Phil La Duke of Rockford Greene explains how simple planning today can greatly improve the chances of a richer and more fulfilled career in safety in the future.

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THE FUTURE OF SAFETY
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
January 06, 2012
Safety at a Crossroads: To some, the future of safety holds great promise, with jobs being created faster than colleges can graduate qualified professionals. But others see storm clouds on the horizon. Phil La Duke of Rockford Greene International takes an insightful look into both sides and exposes some trends in safety that you are definitely not aware of.

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Corporations just want to survive
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
November 30, 2011
First, I guess my thoughts on "Corporations are people too" come around to "yeah, so what's your point?"

To say "corporations are people too" just sounds dumb to me. The Nazis were people too (Before anyone gets themselves all in a lather, I'm not equating corporations with the Nazis) but does that excuse the evil done by the individuals?

Would we ever say that while you might have had some bad eggs in the Nazi party you can't condemn the entire party simply because of them?

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PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
November 29, 2011

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Compliance Tool: Safety Software Is Only As Good As Your Process
Facility Safety Management
October 11, 2011
A brief article on integrating safety software into your overall Safety Management process

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Protect your dignity Cease and desist these four misplaced efforts
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
October 01, 2011
I had hoped that in the worst economic climate that most of us have ever seen we might see meaningful change in the safety profession. But in this malaise, too many professionals continue to work in a pathetic pantomime of professionalism. Stay the course good safety fellows, they seem to say, oblivious to the mounting pressures from operations for safety to do more than simply protect the company from the threat of imaginary boogiemen and contribute to the bottom line.
Reams have been written on how safety professionals can do a better job in reducing injuries and save the organization money. But while economic uncertainty has caused most professions to reevaluate what they do and how they do it, safety, as a function seems blithely unconcerned about what effect this historic event will have on its role in the future of business world-wide.

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Preventative, Passive, and Active Fall Protection When Working at Height The highs and lows of fall protection
Health & Safety International
October 01, 2011
The where's, how's, and why-for's of fall protection

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Preventative, Passive, and Active Fall Protection When Working at Height The highs and lows of fall protection
Health & Safety International
October 01, 2011
The where's, how's, and why-for's of fall protection

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In Event of a Catastrophe, Are Mass Evacuations Practical?
Facility Safety Management
August 16, 2011
Article on emergency response

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In Event of a Catastrophe, Are Mass Evacuations Practical?
Facility Safety Management
August 16, 2011
Article on emergency response

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Deming on Safety Pt 3
QSHE Focus
August 16, 2011
Part 3 in a series of articles on my obsession with applying Deming's 14 points to safety

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JUST CULTURE
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
August 02, 2011
Does the overall culture of a company have at least as powerful an influence on worker safety as the actions of the workers themselves? In exploring this controversial safety philosophy, Phil La Duke of Rockford Greene investigates whether an environment where people feel comfortable making and reporting mistakes is better equipped to determine the root cause of a problem and implement counter measures to prevent recurrence.

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THE BASICS OF SAFETY: PROCESS-BASED SAFETY
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
July 22, 2011
Proactive Prevention: In Part Three of his back-to-basics series on worker safety, Phil La Duke of Rockford Greene examines a safety philosophy based upon engineering injuries out of a process during the design stage when it is far less costly.

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Effective Feedback An Essential Part of Any Safety Incentive Program
Facility Safety Management
July 12, 2011
More on providing appropriate and effective feedback

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Deming on Safety Pt 1
QSHE Focus
July 11, 2011
Another article on my obsession with applying Deming's 14 points to safety

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Deming on Safety Pt 2
QSHE Focus
July 11, 2011
Part 2 in a series of articles on my obsession with applying Deming's 14 points to safety

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Who Needs A Safety Guy?
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
June 29, 2011
Last week I covered the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) annual meeting and as is always the case I ran into more than a couple of earnest looking safety professionals who, with a straight face, claimed that they were trying hard to work themselves out of a job.

It’s a lovely sentiment but it’s also hogwash.

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Who Needs A Safety Guy?
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
June 29, 2011
Last week I covered the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) annual meeting and as is always the case I ran into more than a couple of earnest looking safety professionals who, with a straight face, claimed that they were trying hard to work themselves out of a job.

It’s a lovely sentiment but it’s also hogwash.

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Mercurial View Of Safety
QSHE Focus
June 09, 2011
Article on my musing on safety for an on-line magazine based in Kazakhstan.

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Why We Violate the Rules
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
May 08, 2011
Why do people – including safety professionals themselves – repeatedly ignore safety protocols? Let' think through why less is more in safety, especially if the problem is the rule rather than the person.

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WHAT’S WRONG WITH SAFETY TRAINING . . . AND HOW TO FIX IT
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
December 13, 2010
Back by popular demand, this classic analysis by Phil La Duke of the issues and problems encountered with conventional safety training also provides some creative solutions that can enlighten your next session - and get the attention of your workforce.

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THE BASICS OF SAFETY: WHAT CONSTITUTES A SAFE WORKPLACE?
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
December 05, 2010
Phil La Duke launches a series that deeply explores different ideas about safety and what can be done to actually make the workplace safer

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MAKING SAFETY TALKS BETTER
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
December 01, 2010
Phil La Duke of Rockford Greene International explains why the first step in improving your safety talk program is to end it. That’s right. Or, at the very least, restructure it to the point where it is unrecognizable as having roots in what you are currently doing. Here’s how and why.

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APPROACHING SAFETY HOLISTICALLY
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
October 29, 2010
After a process is stable and compliant, safety should focus on worker and process capability by diverging into worker skills and equipment maintenance. Phil La Duke of Rockford Greene reveals why there is no need to spend lots of time trying to improve workplace safety through worker training and total productive maintenance when there are many other low-cost actions that can be quickly deployed.

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A CULTURE OF MYTHS
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
October 13, 2010
Phil La Duke explains why safety is not any company’s number one priority, nor should it be.

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THE BASICS OF SAFETY: CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT AND SAFETY
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
September 02, 2010
By questioning the value and return on investment of departments, organizations are certain to eliminate redundant efforts between quality, lean, and safety groups. In Part 5 of our series on Back to Basics in Safety, Phil La Duke of Rockford Greene explores the shared role between continuous improvement, lean principles, and safety.

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Selling Safety, Revisited
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
August 25, 2010
Phil La Duke of Rockford Greene explains why and how Safety must distinguish discretionary spending from non-discretionary spending and be prepared to explain why a safety initiative must be implemented immediately instead of waiting for a better business climate.

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DEVELOPING AN ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
August 11, 2010
With so much attention focused on going green and so little definition of exactly what that means, Phil La Duke shows why many firms find themselves trying to do too much without really having a concrete goal in mind or the ability to commit the necessary resources to achieve their goals.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Health and Safety, Management

THE CHANGING FACE OF SAFETY MEASUREMENT
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
June 20, 2010
Safety professionals who lack basic data on their company?s safety efforts are not likely to convince management that intervention requiring a significant cash outlay is necessary or warranted. Phil La Duke explains why they better do a meticulous job of measuring safety indicators and understanding what these indicators show.

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A TEMPLATE FOR WORLD-CLASS SAFETY
Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
May 11, 2010
Achieving a robust safety management system that supports ? not impedes ? productivity isn?t expensive or all that complicated, and yet relatively few organizations are able to achieve a satisfactory worker safety program. Phil La Duke of OE Learning asks why.

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Preparing For An Uncertain Future: What Tomorrow's Safety Professional Should be Studying Today
Facility Safety Management
July 16, 2009
Knowing what to study while still in school can be key to success in later life.

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Effective Feedback An Essential Part of Any Safety Incentive Program
Facility Safety Management
July 15, 2009
More on providing appropriate and effective feedback

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Deming’s 14 Points for Safety Applying Total Quality Management to Reduce Workplace Risk
Facility Safety Management
June 09, 2009
Tips for adapting Deming's points for Total Quality Management to Safety

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'PPE Doesn't Look Good': Six Attitudes That Can Get You Killed
Facility Safety Management
May 20, 2009
In safety sometimes attitude is everything

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Social Media Opportunities for Safety Professionals
Facility Safety Management
March 10, 2009
Article on how innovative Safety Professionals can use social media to improve safety and lower risk.

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To Punish or Not to Punish Just Culture and Accountability: Can They Co-Exist?
Facility Safety Management
January 14, 2009
Exploring how Just Culture and Accountability can co-exist.

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6 Attitudes That Can Get You Killed At Work
Workers' Compensation Institute
March 19, 2008
Warning signs to look for when protecting workers

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Tags: Culture, Future of Work, Health and Safety

6 Questions Customers Ask Themselves Before a Major Purchase
Entrepreneur Magazine
March 19, 2008
Knowing what customers are wondering gives you a competitive edge in the purchasing process

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6 Questions Customers Ask Themselves Before a Major Purchase
Entrepreneur Magazine
March 14, 2008
Knowing what customers are wondering gives you a competitive edge in the purchasing process

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6 Questions Customers Ask Themselves Before a Major Purchase
Entrepreneur Magazine
March 14, 2008
Knowing what customers are wondering gives you a competitive edge in the purchasing process

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5 Books
Breaking News
Import from wordpress feed
January 05, 2019
My second book “Lone Gunman: Rewriting the Handbook on Workplace Violence” is now available for sale on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1945853158/ref=cm_sw_r_em_apa_i_aBlmCbDDECVE

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Lone Gunman: Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence Prevention (Hardcover)
Marriah Publications
January 01, 2019
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace homicides account for 10% of all workplace fatalities, and yet workplace homicide is the leading cause of death for women who die in the workplace. 48% of women murdered in the workplace will die at the hands of a family member of domestic partner compared to only 2% for men.
The purpose of this book is two-fold: to prompt companies to dust off their employee handbooks and update the policies to reflect today's modern climate, and to help individuals to understand the issue of workplace violence and protect themselves against it.

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Lone Gunman: Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence Prevention
Marriah Publications
January 01, 2019
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace homicides account for 10% of all workplace fatalities, and yet workplace homicide is the leading cause of death for women who die in the workplace. 48% of women murdered in the workplace will die at the hands of a family member of domestic partner compared to only 2% for men.
The purpose of this book is two-fold: to prompt companies to dust off their employee handbooks and update the policies to reflect today's modern climate, and to help individuals to understand the issue of workplace violence and protect themselves against it.

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I Know My Shoes Are Untied. Mind Your Own Business. (Hardcover edition)
Marriah Publications
October 05, 2018
All the great insights of I Know My Shoes Are Untied. Mind Your Own Business! in durable hardcover format.

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I Know My Shoes Are Untied. Mind Your Own Business
Marriah Publications
August 05, 2018
A scathing social commentary on the safety of today's workplace world wide. Every day we hand out less band-aids and more funeral wreaths.

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Tags: HR, Management, Social

2 Industry Awards
Named to ISHN's Power 104
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
January 04, 2014
A list of the 104 most influencial people working in Worker Safety Globally.

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Tags: Health and Safety, Innovation, Leadership

Up And Comers
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
October 22, 2012
Named to a list of young, or relatively young, thought leaders in worker safety

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8 Journal Publications
You’re Only As Safe As Your Contractors
Workers' Compensation Institute
October 19, 2016
Contractor safety is key to the overall safety of a workplace, and they are typically the weakest link

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6 Attitudes That Can Get You Killed At Work
Workers' Compensation Institute
October 19, 2016
Your employer can only provide you so much protection, after that, it's up to you.

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Creating Safety Cultures In Off Shore Operations
Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
November 12, 2012
Journal article detailing how to create safety cultures in Off-Shore Operations

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Ending Vestigial Practices Safety Practices
HSE Now: The Official Publication of the Society of Petroleum Engineers
October 15, 2012
Too often mainstream safety practices are employed simply because they have been around for so long that they are accepted as appropriate with no regard as to their efficacy.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Future of Work, Health and Safety

Bridging the Gap: Just Culture and Accountability
HR Pulse
April 10, 2011
One of the major struggles of organizations is the dichotomy of Just Culture and appropriate Accountability. This journal article explores this topic and offers suggestions for overcoming it.

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Tags: Leadership, Management

Applying Safety To Total Quality Management
The University of Greenwhich
September 20, 2010
There's little difference between the pursuit of safety and the pursuit of quality.

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Compliance With Rules Begins With Rules That Are Just
Workers' Compensation Institute
June 16, 2009
A cross between why we violate the rules and Just Culture

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Freeze! Should You Restrict Smart Devices in the Workplace?
Workers' Compensation Institute
June 16, 2009
Worker distraction is a big cause and contributor to accidents

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Health and Safety, Innovation

4 Keynotes
Why I Continue to Pick On Safety Professionals
ENFORM
August 20, 2013
There are many professionals that don't do their jobs or do them poorly with no real impact on the world. But when safety professionals fail at their jobs people die.

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Tags: Health and Safety

Challenging Performance Improvement
International Society Of Performance Improvement
April 29, 2010
Keynote Speaker at an ISPI event

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Selling Safety In Tough Times
Semanario International De Seguridad Minera
April 26, 2010
Delivered a keynote speech at a conference on mining safety in the Andes in Lima, Peru.

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Tags: Health and Safety

The Role of Safety In Operations Excellence
Automation Alley
March 21, 2006
Keynote speech at Automation Alley

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Health and Safety, Innovation

32 Media Interviews
U.S. Worker Safety: Death by Compliance
The Art Of the CEO
December 04, 2018
Interviewed on The Art Of the CEO radio show

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Tags: Health and Safety, Leadership, Management

Allen Park author takes on worker safety with collected column
The News Herald
October 21, 2018
Interview with newspaper about the book I Know My Shoes Are Untied. Mind Your Own Business.

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Tags: Innovation, Health and Safety, Future of Work

OSHA Recordables Have Little to Do With Reality
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
September 01, 2018
Interviewed by ISHN

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Tags: Health and Safety, Innovation, Leadership

Going Public With Your Injury Rates
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
August 01, 2018
Interviewed by ISHN

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Tags: Health and Safety, Innovation, Leadership

British surfing champion Johnny Wallbridge created a business around his hobby
Real Business
March 13, 2017
Quoted in an article about surfing

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Tags: Agile, Culture, Leadership

Team Productivity-Stories Of the Week
Quickbase
September 22, 2016
Selected as one of the stories of the week by Quickbase

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Tags: Leadership, Management

Interview with Safety Leader Phil La Duke (part 2)
Talent Click
April 20, 2015
Conclusion to the interview I did with Talent Click on my experiences in worker safety

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Tags: Health and Safety

Interview with Safety Leader Phil La Duke (part 1)
Talent Click
April 17, 2015
Interviewed by Talent Click about my experiences in Health and Safety

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Tags: Health and Safety

Thought Leaders Share Their Advice In 2015
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
December 29, 2014
Interviewed by ISHN

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Tags: Health and Safety, Innovation, Leadership

NSC 2014 Speaker Q&A with Phil LaDuke
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
September 10, 2014
Interviewed by ISHN

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Tags: Health and Safety, Innovation, Leadership

NSC 2014 Speaker Q&A with Phil LaDuke
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
September 10, 2014
Interviewed by ISHN

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Tags: Health and Safety, Innovation, Leadership

NSC 2014 Speaker Q&A with Phil La Duke
Industrial Safety and Hygiene News magazine
September 10, 2014
ISHN conducted an exclusive interview with Phil La Duke, who presented a talk on “Your Mother Doesn’t Work Here: Housekeeping and Safety” at the National Safety Congress & Expo, Sept 15-17, in San Diego.

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NSC 2014 Speaker Q&A with Phil LaDuke
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
August 01, 2014
Interviewed by ISHN

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Tags: Health and Safety, Innovation, Leadership

The Role Of Technology In Safety Training
Safety Institute of Australia
May 21, 2014
Interviewed by Safety Institute of Australia

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Tags: Health and Safety, Marketing

How To Be A Successful Safety Writer By Phil La Duke
Purpose Rockstar
May 14, 2014
Not exactly a sexy lead in, but I did this interview for Purpose Rockstar, a site devoted to helping people to pursue their dreams, apparently the thinking was if this idiot can do it ANYBODY can.

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SuperTeams: Using the Principles of RESPECT™ to Unleash Explosive Business Performance
McGraw Hill
April 15, 2014
Interviewed and quoted as an expert in organizational development and Lock Out Tag Out for Dr. Paul Marciano's send best selling book, –

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Tags: Health and Safety, Leadership

5 Reasons Why You Aren't Successful
The Happy Healthy Wealthy Life
April 15, 2014
Quoted on what it takes to achieve success.

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Tags: Leadership, Management

Death Raises Questions About On-Set Safety
The New York Times
March 23, 2014
Interviewed for background on a piece regarding movie production safety.

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Tags: Health and Safety, HR, Management

Named to ISHN's Power 104
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
January 04, 2014
A list of the 104 most influencial people working in Worker Safety Globally.

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Tags: Future of Work, Health and Safety, Innovation

From the field: Reactions to OSHA’s public posting proposal
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
January 04, 2014
Interviewed by ISHN to discuss an OSHA proposed posting

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Building A Safety Culture
Intiafy
December 22, 2013
Interviewed by the Intiafy

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Tags: Health and Safety, Leadership

Katch Kan // PSC2013, Phil La Duke
Katch Kan
May 14, 2013
Interview after my speech at ENFORM

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Tags: Health and Safety, Leadership

New Year's Safety Resolutions
H&S Magazine
January 12, 2013
Interviewed by the National Safety Council's magazine

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Tags: Health and Safety, HR

Recruiting: Your First Defense Against Workplace Bullying
The Loszach Blog
July 25, 2012
Interviewed by The Loszach Blog about the subject of the same name.

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Tags: Leadership, Management

Recharge Your Safety Program and Soar Over the Plateau of Acceptance
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
February 02, 2012
Interviewed by ISHN

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Tags: Health and Safety, Innovation, Leadership

Everybody Goes Home Safe
H&S Magazine
January 06, 2012
Interviewed by the National Safety Council's magazine

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Tags: Health and Safety

Develop Your Action Plan
Life Coach Radio
November 16, 2010
Talk Radio guest on life planning

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Tags: Future of Work, Innovation, Social

Carrots and Sticks Don't Work: Build A Culture Of Employee Engagement With the Principles of RESPECT.
McGraw Hill
July 21, 2010
Interviewed by Dr. Paul Marciano as an expert in employee engagement

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Tags: Culture, Leadership

Super Teams Using The Principles of Respect to Unleash Explosive Business Performance
McGraw Hill
July 21, 2010
Interviewed and quoted by Dr. Paul Marciano as an expert in worker Safety and Lock Out Tag Out

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Management

Engaging Workers
Carrots and Sticks Don't Work, How to Build A System of Empowerment Based on RESPECT/McGraw Hill
May 16, 2010
Interviewed by Dr. Paul Marciano for his best selling book "Carrots and Sticks Don't Work, How to Build A System of Empowerment Based on RESPECT"

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Future of Work

NSC: Selling Safety In Tough Times
EHS Today
October 29, 2009
Interviewed by EHS today

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Tags: Health and Safety, Innovation, Marketing

Editorial Comments: Mums the word
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
May 05, 2005
Interviewed by ISHN

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Tags: Health and Safety, Leadership

20 Speaking Engagements
A Culture Of Myths
National Safety Conference
October 09, 2012
So much of our culture are built on myths or out-and-out lies.

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Tags: Culture, Health and Safety, Leadership

Why We Violate the Rules
Great Plains Wellness and Safety Conference
October 09, 2012
Unless we understand why people violate the very rules designed to protect them we can never truly govern effectively

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Tags: Health and Safety, Innovation, Leadership

The Seventh Value
American Society Of Safety Engineers
June 08, 2010
This presentation has a recording of the speech I made at ASSE in Baltimore.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Health and Safety, Innovation

Maintaining a Safe workplace Despite Radical Downsizing
Michigan Safety Conference
April 26, 2010
Delivered a technical session at the Michigan Safety Conference

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maintaining a safe workplace despite radical downsizing
Michigan Safety Conference
April 20, 2010
Speaker at a technical session at the Michigan Safety Conference

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Tags: Health and Safety, HR, Management

Applying Deming To Safety
Michigan Safety Conference
April 10, 2010
Speaker at a technical session at the Michigan Safety Conference

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Tags: Health and Safety, HR, Management

Selling Safety In Tough Times
Michigan Safety Conference
October 13, 2009
Speaker at a technical session at the National Safety Conference

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Tags: Customer Experience, Health and Safety, Innovation

Leveraging Technology in the Employee Orientation Process
Society for Applied Learning Technologies (SALT) Washington Interactive Technologies Conference in Washington DC.
August 19, 2009
Speaker at the Society for Applied Learning Technologies (SALT) Washington Interactive Technologies Conference in Washington DC.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Innovation

The Role of Technology In Safety Training
Society for Applied Learning Technologies (SALT) Washington Interactive Technologies Conference in Washington DC.
August 19, 2009
Speaker at the Society for Applied Learning Technologies (SALT) Washington Interactive Technologies Conference in Washington DC.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Innovation

Using Safety To Drive Lean Implementation
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
May 23, 2009
Speaker at the Society of Manufacturing EASTECH Engineers Lean and Green Symposium

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Health and Safety, Innovation

Creating Safety Cultures In Off-Shore Operations
National Safety Council Texas Conference and Expo
May 06, 2009
Speaker at a technical session of the National Safety Council Texas Conference and Expo

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Not Just Average
Michigan Safety Conference
April 21, 2009
This presentation was first delivered by noted Michigan Safety Conference in Grand Rapids (April 2009)

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Tags: Customer Experience, Health and Safety

Hardwiring Safety 7 Tips For Changing Culture
National Safety Council's Texas Conference and Expo
April 21, 2009
This presentation was first made by Phil La Duke at the National Safety Council's Texas Conference and Expo in March 2009

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Health and Safety, Innovation

Safety As A Competitive Advantage
National Safety Council
October 15, 2008
Speaker at a technical session of the National Safety Council

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Tags: Customer Experience, Health and Safety, Leadership

Taking Control Of Workplace Safety
Canadian Society of Safety Engineers
September 17, 2008
Speaker at a technical session of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers

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Tags: Health and Safety, Leadership, Management

Six Secrets of the World's Safest Companies: What They Know and You Should Too,
Michigan Safety Conference and Expo
August 19, 2008
Phil La Duke worked for years helping companies improve their safety performances and in so doing learned the best practices of the world's safest companies. This speech detailed those practices

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Tags: Health and Safety

Tools For Sustaining Safety
Michigan Safety Conference
April 22, 2008
Speaker at a technical session at the Michigan Safety Conference

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Tags: Health and Safety, HR, Management

You Get What You Measure
National Safety Council
October 23, 2007
In business, you tend to get the results that you measure. In this speech at the National Safety Council in , Orlando, FL La Duke spoke about key measures for worker safety.

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Selling Safety In Tough Times,
National Safety Council, 2007, Orlando FL
October 23, 2007
When times get tough and money gets tight, companies tend to take dangerous shortcuts. This speech explored ways to justify expenditures on worker safety and related items like maintenance.

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Not Just Average
Michigan Safety Conference
April 17, 2007
When the staff of this aerospace manufacturer talked about the quality of their products they would proudly boast that it was beyond reproach, and when they talked about the design of their products they would say they were without peer, but when it came to worker safety they would brag about being "better than average". This speech detailed how the company went from being delighted with being above average to being driven to be the best in worker safety.

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Tags: Health and Safety

2 Visiting Lecturers
Why Traditional Safety is Dying
Tulane University
November 15, 2010
Guest Lecturer at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

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Tags: Future of Work, Health and Safety

The Future of Safety
N/A
November 08, 2010
Guest Lecturer at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

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Tags: Future of Work, Health and Safety

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