Certified TapRooT® Instructor Track

If you are a Certified TapRooT® Instructor, you know that you must attend the summit and a pre-summit course at least once every two years.  If you did not attend last year, it is really important that you sign up as soon as possible to make sure you keep your instructor status.  If you did attend last year, you should still attend if at all possible to get the latest information and continue to build your knowledge base so you can be as effective as possible.  Either way, we know you’ll have to justify your attendance to your organization, so I wanted to share some information on the track best practice sessions so you can see the value:

•  Your first session will be the “TapRooT® Instructor Update,” where Linda Unger, Ken Reed, and Benna Dortch will update you on all things TapRooT® and provide the latest course materials for you.

•  In “Success Stories from the Field,” Dennis Ward will discuss “Improving Performance by Analyzing Multiple Aviation Incidents for Common Causes,” and Ron Pryor will present “Using TapRooT® in a Kaizen Project to Improve Product Quality,” showing how TapRooT® can be used proactively in conjunction with your quality improvement processes.     

•  In “DISCovering How to Communicate After an Accident,” Vincent Phipps will enlighten us on the most common behavioral styles and how the way we interview can be adjusted based on those styles.  If you have ever taken the DISC profile, you may understand what your personal style is, but Vincent will show us how to adapt our message to the different styles in others. 

•  Next you’ll get the latest information on software from Dan Verlinde, Ed Skompski, and Linda Unger in the session “What’s New in The TapRooT® V5 Software.“ 

•  In the “TapRooT® User Best Practice Sharing Forum,” Linda Unger and Michelle Lindsay will facilitate a user discussion so everyone can learn from each other.  Two heads are better than one, so bring your best practices to share with the group.  

 •  Dan Verlinde and Ed Skompski will present “Managing Incidents & Corrective Actions Using the TapRooT® Software,” covering Corrective Actions, Corrective Action Helper, and Corrective Action Status in the TapRooT® V5 Software, including user management of Investigations/Documents and Corrective Action Management.

•  In “Advanced Ideas for Defining Causal Factors,” Ken Turnbull will show how qualitative risk analysis can be used to help determine causal factors.  We all know that a good root cause analysis can only be completed if good causal factors are identified, and this session will provide some valuable tips in this regard. 

•  “Making a Business Case for Improvement,” presented by…me.  I will challenge you to take off your safety/quality hat, put on your sales hat, and show how much your efforts contribute to the organization so you can get the resources you need to be successful.    

That is a lot of value!  And that does not count the benchmarking with old and new friends from your and other industries.

 But WAIT!  There is MORE: 

You’ll meet in the morning and afternoon with attendees from all tracks to hear the keynote speakers:

•  Dr. Joel Fish, Brian Tink, and Jim Thompson will talk about how just one root cause analysis changed an industry practice.

•  E.D. Hill from Fox News will talk about “Lessons Learned from Success.”  

•  Mike Kelley will deliver an empowering talk called “Establishing a Culture that Promotes Super-Performance” where he will discuss his view that personal and professional growth are tied together and how they ultimately add to the success of the organization.

•  Mark Paradies, our President, and Dave Prewitt will present thoughts on systematic ways to manage performance. 

•  Best selling author John Miller will open the day on Friday with a powerful talk on personal accountability. 

These keynote talks provide a good balance of usable techniques, personal improvement, and motivation, and alone are easily worth the cost of the summit!  How much would it cost to hire just one of these amazing speakers?

And by the way, there is one more thing – the last session you attend will be “Planning Your Improvements” where TapRooT® Instructors will facilitate attendees in developing action plans for when you return.  The difference in success and failure can come down to one simple process; setting goals and following through to achieve them.

Keep Current!  Tell your management that you want to attend the Certified TapRooT® Instructor Track and a pre-summit course at the 2009 Summit.   Write down the value to you of each of these sessions, and decide how much the summit is worth to you?  I think you’ll agree, much more than the cost.

See the list of two-day pre-summit courses here: http://www.taproot.com/summit.php?t=pre-summit