Author Archives: Barb Phillips

What does a bad day look like?

Posted: May 31st, 2016 in Accidents, Video

Since 2011 more than 2,000 accidents involving horses and riders have occurred on Britain’s roads.

Monday Motivation: Risk the Ordinary

Posted: May 30th, 2016 in Career Development, Career Development Tips, Wisdom Quote

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We do we settle for the ordinary?  Complacency is a choice.  Letting people off the hook who let us down gives them permission to do it again.  Not learning something new to qualify for a better position at work keeps us stuck in dead-end jobs.  Avoiding exercise and good food keeps energy low and sets us up for health problems.

Look at the cost-benefit analysis of decisions made during this thing called “life” in the areas of career, health, finances and relationships.  What are your decisions costing you today? Are you ready to risk the usual to reach the extraordinary?

Don’t be afraid of Causal Factors!

Posted: May 27th, 2016 in Investigations, Summit

Is this your brain on Causal Factors:

What is a Causal Factor?  

What is NOT a Causal Factor?

Wait, is a Causal Factor the same as a root cause?  

When I find the Causal Factor, does that mean I know who/what to blame?  

Are you just plain tired and confused of all this root cause analysis terminology? REGISTER for this course and don’t be afraid of the big bad wolf Causal Factor!  Taught by one of my favorite people, Mr. Ken Turnbull.  You won’t regret it!

 

Avoid Known Problem-Solving Weaknesses in Process Improvement with TapRooT® Quality Problem-Solving

Posted: May 27th, 2016 in Performance Improvement, Quality, Summit

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Register for this Pre-Summit Course AND the Quality Track at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit and maximize your success!

Interviewing & Evidence Collection Techniques

Posted: May 26th, 2016 in Investigations, Summit, Training

I’m so excited to be co-teaching Interviewing & Evidence Collection Techniques at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit with Alan Smith. If you want to learn a little about Alan, click here.  With Alan’s background as a former Detective Superintendent with the Grampian Police in Scotland, and my background in psychology and legal (preparing accident/injury cases for court), we will leave no stone unturned.  I guarantee there is no other course like this anywhere. Register today!

 

 

NEW Summit Session: Carl Dixon Teaches the Value of Recognizing the Illusion in Ourselves and in Others

Posted: May 26th, 2016 in Best Practice Presentations, Summit

Are you building an empire on an illusion? Or is it a dream?

In the course of a lifetime, we are continually obliged to choose thoughts and take actions that support our progress and our very existence. Many times a day we must make a choice of what we are going to do, how we are going to do it, and why we are going to do it. We need a guiding thought on which to base these choices, and as humans have gotten more and more removed from the basic needs of survival we have created the ability to willfully be immersed in a made-up world constructed solely of the thoughts we select.

It’s natural, and perhaps inevitable, that sometimes we meander off the path of what’s best for us when the very powerful human brain can be ordered such that we’ll believe that something false is real, or that something real is false.

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noun
1. a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses.
2. A deceptive appearance or belief
3. A false idea or belief

Behaviour driven by illusion on a personal level or on an institutional scale is all around us, and is not a trifling thing. Illusion can lead either slowly or quickly to any and every kind of disaster or dissolution BECAUSE IT FLIES IN THE FACE OF REALITY.

The crash must come. “Reality will rear back and bite and bite like a snake”

When we invest our entire being, our future and our happiness into an illusion it is only a matter of time before all is lost. Yet, humankind must have hope to go forward with life and be inspired to greater effort; reality in itself does not inspire. Hope drives all progress. Humans are creative beings who need to make our world to order. We dream of what could be and set to work creating it.

How valuable then to recognize Illusion in ourselves or in others, with its twisting of what is, and distinguish it from the Real. Acknowledging the Real allows us the Dream.

“The Dream is a ladder; the illusion a wall”

Join CarDixon.Carll Dixon at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit for this life-changing session, “A Life of Illusion – Getting to What is Real” (Best Practice Session 3) on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Dixon is a Canadian rock musician who has been a part of such bands as Coney Hatch, April Wine and The Guess Who. In 2008 he was involved in a near fatal car crash that could have cost him everything. His story is more than a tale of “had it all and almost lost it”; for Carl the story became, “What now?”

“Our thoughts determine our path; if we find ourselves on a bad path it’s never too late to substitute better thoughts in place of unsatisfactory ones. We have the ability to decide our thoughts, to choose strength over weakness, courage over fear, stoicism over complaint. Sure, it’s not always easy, but it can become a habit every time you remember that the strong choice is the better choice”.

Learn more about other alternative sessions you can choose to customize your schedule by visiting http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/summit-schedule and clicking on the “Alternative Sessions” radio button on the top left menu bar.  This will display all of the alternative sessions in the red boxes on the schedule.  Let us know if you need help registering for any of them or if you want to change your schedule to add Dixon’s session at: editor@taproot.com.

 

Kevin McManus receives distinguished Fellows Award

Posted: May 24th, 2016 in Best Practice Presentations, Best Practice Presenters, Summit, TapRooT® Instructor, TapRooT® Instructor Profiles
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Kevin McManus

All of us at TapRooT® would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Kevin McManus who received The Fellows Award among 250 leaders in education and business at the 2016 IISE Honors & Awards Dinner held at the Disneyland Resort.

The Fellows Award recognizes outstanding leaders of the profession (IISE – Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers) who have made significant nationally recognized contributions to Industrial engineering. A Fellow is the highest classification of IISE membership, and has been given to only 400 individuals globally.

Kevin was nominated and selected for his contributions to Industrial Engineering through his volunteer activities. He has been a supporter of IISE for more than 35 years.  He has written 200 articles for the IISE monthly publication; held workshops; spoke at their conferences; and taught as a guest professor at universities globally.  Kevin is an examiner for the National Baldrige Performance Excellence Award (previously the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award), a position he has held for 16 years.

Kevin will be co-teaching Advanced Trending Techniques during 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit week (August 1 & 2, San Antonio, Texas) with Mark Paradies, System Improvements’ President.  He will also be presenting “What’s Holding You Back – Common Barriers to Process Excellence” and “Who Really Owns a Quality Defect” at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit August 3-5, 2016.

Congratulations, Kevin, on your incredible contributions and hard-earned accomplishments!

What does a bad day look like?

Posted: May 24th, 2016 in Accidents, Video

Near miss!

Monday Motivation: Get busy!

Posted: May 23rd, 2016 in Career Development, Career Development Tips, Wisdom Quote

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Research indicates that the happiest people are the busiest.  What’s the key to wanting to stay busy? Find justification for being busy; otherwise, we tend to remain idle.  Learn more.

Chris Vallee invites you to the Quality Track at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit

Posted: May 20th, 2016 in Best Practice Presentations, Best Practice Presenters, Summit, Summit Videos, Video, Video Depot

The Global TapRooT® Summit offers multiple focused learning tracks for performance improvement. This video introduces the Quality Track. Come to the Summit and maximize improvement at your company!


Starring Chris Vallee. Produced by Benna Dortch.

 

Interested in the Investigation Track? Learn about it here!

Interested in the Asset Optimization Track? Learn about it here!

Interested in the Safety Track? Learn about it here!

We can’t wait to go to Connecticut!

Posted: May 20th, 2016 in Courses, Local Attractions

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Like many things in your professional life, there’s no black and white when it comes to making bold career-changing decisions, but this training might just be the thing you need to breathe new life into your career and open up your opportunities!

Learn to analyze problems, identify causes and stop them from happening again.

TapRooT® is not just a root cause analysis system but is a complete investigation process that helps investigators collect the information they need to find root causes. This course offers all of the TapRooT® essential techniques and information you need to conduct a root cause analysis.

There’s so much to do in Hartford! You can bring the family during summer break and check out the Mark Twain Museum or the Connecticut Science Center or enjoy some downtime strolling Elizabeth Park Conservancy with dinner at Salute or Max Downtown.

We can’t wait to head up to the Northeast United States to Hartford, Connecticut!

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What does a bad day look like?

Posted: May 17th, 2016 in Accidents, Human Performance

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A lot of bad days start with bad decisions.  For example, when you decide to take a selfie with a 4-foot rattlesnake… (Read story.)

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Posted: May 17th, 2016 in TapRooT

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Monday Motivation: Courage

Posted: May 16th, 2016 in Career Development, Career Development Tips, Wisdom Quote

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True story! “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” Other people do not really think about what you need. Whether it’s a boss, co-worker, spouse or friend, if you feel frustrated, overwhelmed or resentful of the relationship it is usually because you are not asking enough of the relationship. People are not mind readers, and they miss subtle cues.

How can you practice courage? Be specific about what your unmet expectations are, “Would you please do x by y?” If you are allowing others to encroach on your personal boundaries, you are complicit in it. Set boundaries — and be clear about what you can’t tolerate. “When you x, I feel y.” Don’t try to be all things to all people. “I’m sorry, I’m not available to help you with x today.”

No need to act in an aggressive or entitled way to get what you want. Courage is a manner of conveying that you know your worth, and while you may not always get what you asked for, you will command more respect than if you had not been bold enough to make your request.

You Still Have a Chance to Win if You Register Now!

Posted: May 16th, 2016 in Summit

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Register now! It only takes one ticket to win!

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We are giving away an Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch to the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit early bird prize drawing winner and you still have a chance to win!

Here’s how it works: Register after May 15 but on or before June 15 and receive ONE ticket in the drawing.

The early registration drawing will be held at the Kickoff Session, Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at The Westin Riverwalk (You must be present to win!). This drawing is in addition to the other prize giveaways we have planned for the 2016 Summit.

If you are planning to register for the Summit, don’t delay!

REGISTER NOW for the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit!

Friday Joke: Fire Exit

Posted: May 13th, 2016 in Jokes, Pictures

Friday Joke

OK … This wouldn’t be too funny if there was a fire!

TapRooT® Around the World: Moscow

Posted: May 10th, 2016 in Courses, Pictures

Thanks to TapRooT® Instructor, John Richardson for sending these great photos in from Moscow!

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Do you know that we can come to your company and train onsite?  Contact our Implementation Strategists today and let them help you design your training plan!

TapRooT® Around the World: 5-Day Course in Monterrey

Posted: May 10th, 2016 in Courses, Pictures

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Thanks to TapRooT® instructor, Marco Flores, for sending in photos from a recent Monterrey Course.

We have some options for you in Monterrey this August.

2-Day TapRooT® (Spanish) August 16

3-Day TapRooT®/Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting (Spanish) August 16

1-Day TapRooT®/Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting (Spanish) August 18

Click on one of the course links above for more information or to register now!

April Contest Winner!

Posted: May 9th, 2016 in Contest

First, I want to congratulate everyone on their clever captions to our April contest:

http://www.taproot.com/archives/52880

Everyone received at least one vote on his or her entry, and the contest was very close – literally one vote apart.

However, we must have a few Queen fans here at the office because the winner was Jody with “Another one bites the dust.”  Jody will receive a $20 gift card from Amazon.com!

Honorable mention to our second place winner, Rick Powers with “Safety … It’s a slippery slope.”

Thanks for playing everyone!

Don’t forget to enter our May trivia contest!

Monday Motivation: Growth

Posted: May 9th, 2016 in Career Development, Career Development Tips, Wisdom Quote

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Every day you have the opportunity to be a better you. This doesn’t mean huge changes all at once. Small changes over time guarantees steady personal growth.  These changes include dropping excuses and living up to mistakes, letting go of anger, listening to others (really listening), practicing kindness and being open to change.  Believe in yourself and know that whatever situation you are in, you have life-changing growth potential.

LAST WEEK to get THREE tickets in our Early Registration Drawing!

Posted: May 9th, 2016 in Summit

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Register early! Get more chances to win a great prize!

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We are giving away an Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch to the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit early bird prize drawing winner and you’ll have a better chance if you register RIGHT NOW!

Here’s how it works:

  • Register after April 15 but on or before May 15 and receive THREE tickets in the drawing.
  • Register after May 15 but on or before June 15 and receive ONE ticket in the drawing.

The early registration drawing will be held at the Kickoff Session, Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at The Westin Riverwalk (You must be present to win!). This drawing is in addition to the other prize giveaways we have planned for the 2016 Summit.

If you are planning to register for the Summit, don’t delay!

REGISTER NOW for the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit!

Ken Reed invites you to the Investigator Track at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit

Posted: May 5th, 2016 in Investigations, Summit, Summit Videos, Video Depot

The Global TapRooT® Summit offers multiple focused learning tracks for performance improvement. This video introduces the Investigator Track. Come to the Summit and maximize improvement at your company!

Starring Ken Reed. Produced by Benna Dortch.
Interested in the Asset Optimization Track? Learn about that track here!

Interested in the Safety Track? Learn about that track here!

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