Author Archives: Barb Phillips

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit After Hours: Las Vegas Fashion Show Mall

Posted: March 3rd, 2015 in Summit

Who doesn’t love a huge mall with 250 stores, fashion shows and tons of food and dining options?  The Fashion Show Mall has it all and it’s all within walking distance from the Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas Hotel where the Global TapRooT® Summit is being held June 1 – 5, 2015. Just another reason you can’t miss this year’s Summit!

The variety of stores from Louis Vuitton to American Eagle to BareMinerals to Nordstrom allows it to cater to anyone who loves to shop.  The unique fashion shows put on most weekends are one of the many events they host, as well.

Here are some favorites from our recent site visit.

BOOT STAR

Being from Tennessee, we thought we had some pretty great boot shops in Nashville, but we have to say Boot Star at the Fashion Mall made us feel like we were back home.

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These boots are an awesome find!

TOMMY BAHAMA

We are taking the TapRooT® reception back to Margaritaville in June! If you don’t have anything to wear with that island feel, run down to Tommy Bahama and come to the reception in style!

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Get ready for Margaritaville!

THE LEGO STORE

Have a child, grandchild, niece or nephew back home? Don’t get them a cheesy Las Vegas t-shirt — bring back something from the awesome stock at the Lego Store and you will surely be their favorite relative!

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Bring Back a Cool Gift for Your Favorite Kid!

REGISTER NOW for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit.

LEARN MORE on the Summit website.

 

Career Development: Don’t Deal with the Devil by George Burk

Posted: March 2nd, 2015 in Career Development, Career Development Tips

Editor’s Note: This article was reprinted with permission from the author, Captain George Burk, USAF (Ret), Plane crash, burn survivor, motivational speaker, author, writer. Visit his website at www.georgeburk.com  or contact Captain Burk at gburk@georgeburk.com.

Many times it’s simple to do the ethical (right) thing on your own. But what about when your boss tells you do something you instinctively and intuitively know is wrong (unethical)?

Simply stated, it’s a question of “Can I be true to myself and my character” said Elizabeth Doty, founder and president of WorkLore, a San Francisco-based consulting firm.

“Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble.”

John Madden, football coach

Doty surveyed people about how they handle the tension between their core values and their work persona. Doty calls this, “winning the devil’s bargain.” The tension (conflict) between succeeding at work and doing the right (proper) thing can be difficult. Then again, maybe it doesn’t need to be if you know and follow your core beliefs and always take the right course of action. Whether you agree or not, like it or not, your character and integrity is always being tested. In the final analysis, it’s never about money. It is about character, integrity, self-respect and being able to live with yourself.

“If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.”

Henry Ford, industrialist

“Most people are so uncomfortable in those situations, they just push it out of their awareness,” she said.

When people take the initiative and confront the issue and know it’s the right thing to do, it improves their productivity. “You begin to feel more alive, creative and resourceful when you feel good inside,” Doty said.

“The world is more malleable than you think and it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape.”

Bono, musician

So, if or when you’re asked to do something you know is unethical or worse, here are a few suggestions:

Don’t play the game. Do what Doty calls “play the bigger game.” Learn to always place your principles first and have the strength of character to say “no” when asked to compromise them. “It’s not lowering your aspirations. It’s daring to be absolutely honest about the current realities,” she said. The goal’s to create conditions where (more of) the truth is part of the decision-making.

“Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is life itself, it is an insane way to live.”

Eckhart Tolle, writer

Turn the tables. One example Doty used is of the woman who once worked for a telephone company. The woman’s boss asked her to fake documents that would show that customers had asked to switch their phone service. The woman told her boss that she knew he really didn’t want this to happen. Hearing that, the boss then knew he had to do the right thing. “You can bring it back to the long term impact rather than the short term gain,” Doty said.

Beware of “good” organizations. These are the companies and organizations that seem to do the right thing but don’t always do it. Doty interviewed one person who joined a financial service firm because it seemed especially ethical. Soon after she was hired, several senior officers were convicted of embezzlement. When this happens, people who work for that kind of organization often become even more disillusioned and their level of trust is lowered significantly.

Remember the big picture. When you compromise your values, it doesn’t just affect you, it also hurts the organization. What may begin as a small indiscretion can soon grow into something larger and have even more effect on your personal and professional character. When that happens, it can destroy an organization.

“If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we’d all be millionaires.”

Abigail Van Buren, advice columnist

Trust your instincts. It’s impossible to know if every situation is the right one. But your gut, your intuition and instinct can give you a hint. When you have a queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach or a question in your mind, that’s a powerful message! Act on it! “When an organization or its employees are running too fast or operating from a culture of fear, that’s when these unethical things happen,” Doty said. Don’t always look to the “external” for answers. Look to your “internals.” Tap into you experiences, instinct and intuition. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

“Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked.”

Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder

Upcoming Risk Management Course Houston, Calgary, Las Vegas

Posted: March 2nd, 2015 in Courses, Summit

Australian risk management expert and TapRooT® Instructor, Jim Whiting, (member of the committee that wrote the international risk management standard ISO 31000 and now the USA Standard ANSI Z690 and CAN/CSA/ISO 31000 ), has enhanced the Risk Management Best Practices course for 2015. He is offering this exclusive course three times in 2015 – don’t miss out!

Jim brings his risk management and root cause analysis experience and best practices from around the world (Australia/New Zealand, North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe) to this course.

If you are interested in improving the efficiency of your improvement efforts by getting the most out of your use of risk management and root cause analysis techniques, join us for this course.

Get the Course Outline: http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/pre-summit-courses#RiskManagementBestPractices

Upcoming Courses:

Houston, Texas – May 20

Calgary, Canada – May 27

Las Vegas, Nevada (Summit Week) – June 1

Email Jim at jim@workplaces.com.au for testimonials & more information.

LIVE from Las Vegas: 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit Update!

Posted: February 25th, 2015 in Summit

It’s a wrap everyone! We are going back to the office tomorrow to sift through volumes of information we’ve gathered to make this Summit the best experience ever for you. But we can’t do that if you aren’t here! So send in your registration and look forward to lots of upcoming news including info about our speakers, sessions, reception, places to eat and things to do after-hours!

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Register for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit!

Learn more at: http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit

LIVE from Las Vegas! An Exciting New Benefit of Booking at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit!

Posted: February 24th, 2015 in Summit

We’ve been busy today getting as much info as we can to share with you about the upcoming Global TapRooT® Summit, June 1 – 5, 2015. But as promised yesterday, I wanted to tell you about an exciting new feature right here at The Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel that was not here the last time we held our Summit here:

The LINQ Promenade

The Flamingo Hotel is one of only two hotels where you can walk right out the doors and right onto the LINQ Promenade.  Formerly the “dead space” between the Flamingo and Imperial Palace, the LINQ has totally revitalized the area, offering everything you could want in a Las Vegas experience within steps from your Summit hotel! Dining, shopping, entertainment – it’s like one large block party with something for every personality. Check out The Flamingo Hotel’s perfect access to the LINQ in the video we shot this morning:

The main attraction is the 550 feet tall High Roller (the world’s LARGEST observation wheel).  While many are drawn to the LINQ for that attraction, it’s all of the other amazing attractions that make them stay the entire night right on the LINQ Promenade.

The High Roller

The High Roller

The Kitson sells trendy clothes, pop culture books, souvenirs, and other novelty items. Check out the Polaroid Fotobar while you are there and print out pictures from your phone that look like old Polaroid photos, and then buy a shadowbox to display them in to remember your visit here.

Want to try an interesting adult beverage? The Purple Zebra has lots of fun, colorful cups to choose from and just as many colorful flavors.  Think adult “Slurpee” — and bring your cup back for a discount on your next refreshment.

Like recreation that doesn’t necessarily involve slot machines and alcohol? Get a group together to play at Brooklyn Bowl, and then enjoy a dessert after at Ghirardelli or Sprinkles.

I’m writing this on the fly today but I’ll be revisiting the LINQ Promenade as we move toward the Summit because there is ALOT to share about this amazing venue.

DON’T FORGET to book in the TapRooT® Room Block at the Flamingo Las Vegas today!

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit After Hours: A Free Show in Vegas Worth Attending

Posted: February 24th, 2015 in Local Attractions, Summit

This June, the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit will be held in Las Vegas. As you can imagine in a city like Vegas, there’s all kinds of hype and pull for you to go to one show or another after hours. A “free” show in Vegas worth attending after a long day of work is the Bellagio fountains.

A short walk from the Summit host hotel, the Bellagio fountains features an 8.5-acre lake which explodes with 1,214 spritzers shotting water 460 feet in the air. The water is choreographed to music which sounds cheesy, but compared to a lot of things you may see around Vegas, this show is quite classy and relaxing to view.

Showtimes are every one-half hour, 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., so you can easily take in a show after a busy day at the Summit.  To learn more visit:

https://www.bellagio.com/attractions/fountains-of-bellagio.aspx

When you travel to the Summit, there are lots of places for you to explore. Here are a couple of other fun things we recently highlighted that you may consider for after-hours fun:

Exotic Racing: Ever dream about driving a Ferrari or Lamborghini?  Well, now you can!

Million Dollar Quartet: A Tony® Award Winning musical!

And register for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, June 1 – 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit

For more info visit the Summit website:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit

LIVE from Last Vegas! News About the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit Hotel

Posted: February 23rd, 2015 in Summit

We were excited to talk to the folks at The Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and find out so many people are already booking in the TapRooT® room block for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit.

Have you booked your room? Don’t wait too long and lose your chance!

My room is super comfy! Here is one photo with more info to come during our site visit this week.

Nice View of Caesar's Palace!

Great View of Caesar’s Palace!

Did you know when you book a room in the TapRooT® block for just $129/night you are not only enjoying the convenience of having a room in the same hotel that the Summit and Pre-Summit are being held, but you are also centrally located on the Las Vegas Strip to enjoy lots of after-hours fun? (We are working on a post about a very EXCITING NEW FEATURE that was not here the last time we held our Summit here.  You’re gonna LOVE it!)

Also, you get 50% off of Internet fees for three devices in our room block, and will not be charged resort fees that are a very common charge at most Las Vegas hotels. So if you think you might be getting a better deal elsewhere, be sure to ask the hotel what they add on for resort fees.

I don’t know about you, but I love the convenience of running up to my room to catch up on emails and make phone calls during breaks or freshen up for dinner.  Not to mention, in Vegas, you want to maximize your morning sleep-in time, and don’t want to spend those precious minutes commuting to the conference hotel.

BOOK YOUR ROOM in the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit room block today!

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit After Hours: Reporting LIVE from Las Vegas! Visit Capo’s Speakeasy!

Posted: February 23rd, 2015 in Courses, Local Attractions, Summit

Our team has landed in Las Vegas with a big list to check off to make your trip to the Global TapRooT® Summit in June the best ever! So keep an eye on the blog as we report LIVE over the next couple of days.

We’ve been featuring awesome spots to visit after hours recommended by our TapRooT® Friends & Experts, like:

Million Dollar Quartet and Exotics Racing

but what do the Las Vegas locals love? Well I’ve only been off the plane for an hour, and I’ve got a great tip for you from the first local I met:

Capo’s Speakeasy / Steakhouse

Do you love independently-owned restaurants? Capo’s mob-style restaurant has a cool speakeasy vibe and live nightly entertainment!

Nico Santucci grew up with his family’s Italian restaurants in Chicago, and brought the best of what he learned to Vegas!

Try Al Capone’s family secret sauces and their “made-man” pastas.  And they are known as having the best meatballs on earth!

“Takes you back to the old country,” said our local source.

Learn the latest that’s happening at Capo’s on their blog:  http://www.caposrestaurant.blogspot.com/

Never a Dull Moment in the Life of a TapRooT® Instructor

Posted: February 19th, 2015 in TapRooT® Instructor, TapRooT® Instructor Profiles
TapRooT® Instructor, Harry Thorburn

Harry Thorburn

Harry Thorburn delivered a 2-day TapRooT® course on February 14 and 15 on board a vessel in Rotterdam harbour.

Unknown to Harry, during the morning of the second day, the ship had to take to the sea to conduct trials in the harbour basin.

When the course finished, Harry realized he was a little bit away from dry land, (and the taxi he arranged to wait for him to take him back to Amsterdam Airport!)

The ship was unable to berth at dock again, but went in close enough for the ever versatile Harry to be hoisted in a cage by a crane and swung onto the quayside!

All in a day’s work … the course must be delivered.

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(Story and images submitted by Mhorvan Sherret, Matrix Risk Control)

2015 Global TapRooT Summit After Hours: Million Dollar Quartet

Posted: February 17th, 2015 in Local Attractions, Summit

There’s so much to see and do in Las Vegas!  We asked the TapRooT® Friends & Experts about their favorites, and we will share them with you here every Tuesday until the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit week begins (June 1, 2015). Make plans to come the weekend before the Summit or stay the weekend after and enjoy this amazing city.  Don’t be that guy (or gal) that goes to work in a different city (or country) and never sees the outside of the conference hotel.  Life is short, and this year will be half over by the time the Summit begins!

Last week we shared entertainment for the brave at heart, Exotics Racing. This week’s entertainment will appeal to those who like to kick back and take in a show after a busy day of learning.

Million Dollar Quartet

Do you like hits like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Walk the Line,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” and “Hound Dog”?  Then you will love  the Tony® Award Winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s Las Vegas.  The show is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. It is an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations that is both poignant and funny.  Relive the era with the smash-hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians.

AND REGISTER for for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, June 1 – 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit

FOR MORE INFO visit the Summit website:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit

 

Pre-Summit Course: Special 2-Day Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting and Root Cause Analysis

Posted: February 11th, 2015 in Equipment/Equifactor®, Summit

Want to know how to save over half the price of attending the 3-Day TapRooT®/Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting & Root Cause Failure Analysis Course PLUS save one day’s living expenses?

Go to the Special 2-Day Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting and Root Cause Analysis Course!

We are offering a special 2-Day Equifactor®/TapRooT® course (only offered one time this year!) as a pre-Summit course June 1 and 2, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This pre-Summit course is only $1,295, but if you register for the TapRooT® Summit June 3 – 5, you can take an additional $200 off the price, making it only $1,095 – less than half of the normal price of the 3-day course!  Plus, since it is taught in just two days, you will save one day’s travel expenses!

This is a perfect opportunity for those who are planning to be part of the Equipment Reliability & Maintenance track at the Summit — where Heinz Bloch and our panel of experts will be offering innovative solutions to the biggest equipment reliability problems facing the industry today. Take this pre-Summit course, and then join the ranks of a select group of industry leaders at the Summit!

This course is taught by Equifactor® Program Manager, Ken Reed. Below, he gives us a brief overview of Equifactor® and talks about how to use this tool proactively.

In just two days learn the basics of the TapRooT® System for finding the root causes AND the Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting Technique for Root Cause Failure Analysis of Equipment Problems. Once you find the real root causes using this systematic process, learn to develop effective fixes that will keep problems from happening again. Check your corrective action effectiveness using the SMARTER technique. Also, learn to find and fix equipment problems proactively BEFORE an accident or incident occurs and to analyze the Safeguards that keep problems from happening or from getting worse once a single Safeguard fails.

LEARN MORE about this special course:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/pre-summit-courses#Equifactor

REGISTER TODAY on our website: http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit

FOR MORE INFORMATION about the 2015 TapRooT® Summit, download a brochure from the Summit Website: http://www.taproot.com/summit.php

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit After Hours: Exotics Racing

Posted: February 10th, 2015 in Local Attractions, Summit

When you travel from another city (or country!) to attend the Global  TapRooT® Summit, why not plan some time for fun too? This year the Summit will be held in the Entertainment  Capital of the World!  The Summit has historically been held in awesome locations, so many of our frequent attendees make plans to come the weekend before or stay the weekend after to fully take advantage of the opportunity to explore someplace new.  This is a new Tuesday column to highlight some favorite Las Vegas entertainment venues recommended by our TapRooT® Friends & Experts.

Exotics Racing

No experience required, except maybe a few laps that you’ve taken in your daydreams!

Ever dream about driving a Ferrari or Lamborghini?  Well, now you can!  Exotics Racing has a fleet of amazing cars for you to choose from.  They provide everything that you need including an exotic car, track, professional racing instruction, insurance … even helmets.  No security deposit required!

Located approximately twenty minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, Exotics Racing’s private 1.2 mile track includes eleven turns and a 1,800-foot straight.  Imagine yourself cruising around that track — it will be a memory of a lifetime.  Following your dreams will help you to take risks and step outside of your comfort zone.

Learn more on Exotics’ Racing’s website:  http://www.exoticsracing.com/

And register for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, June 1 – 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit

For more info visit the Summit website:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit Brochure

Posted: February 9th, 2015 in Best Practice Presentations, Best Practice Presenters, Summit

Here is our hot-off-the-press 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit Brochure! We hope you will join us June 1 – 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For more information, visit:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit

To register, visit:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit

Root Cause Analysis Video Tips: Best Practices in Process Quality

Posted: February 5th, 2015 in Quality, Root Cause Analysis Tips, Video

Tune in to this week’s TapRooT® Instructor Root Cause Analysis Tip with Chris Vallee. He shares a great process quality tip and news about his upcoming Process Quality & Corrective Action Track at the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, June 3-5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada!

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Check out more short videos in our series:

Equifactor® – Are You Using it to Prevent Equipment Failures? (Click here to view tip.)

Be Proactive with Dave Janney (Click here to view tip.)

Conduct Real-Time Peer Reviews with Mark Paradies (Click here to view tip.)

What Makes a World-Class Root Cause Analysis System with Ken Reed (Click here to view tip.)

Early Bird Registration Deadline is February 28

Posted: February 2nd, 2015 in Summit

early birdWe are giving away an iPad Mini to the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit early bird prize drawing winner, and you still have a chance to get a ticket in the drawing.

You will receive one ticket in the drawing if you submit your paid registration before the end of February.

The early registration drawing will be held at the Kickoff Session, Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. at The Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel (You must be present to win!). This drawing is in addition to the other prize giveaways we have planned for the 2015 Summit.

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

REGISTER NOW for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit!

Risk Assessment and Management Best Practices

Posted: January 26th, 2015 in Courses, Summit, Training

Risk Assessments are necessary in all safety processes, particularly to move programs beyond Behavior Based Safety (BBS).

At least qualitative Risk Assessments (RA) need to be included during any safety-related discussions or interactions, conversations, and meetings. RA are needed every time any safety-related decision needs to be made; and therefore, to move safety programs beyond traditional BBS principles and practices.

RA in safety processes, including BBS – type programs, improve decision-making by making them less subjective, emotional and biased. Safety decision-making needs to be based on the comparative risk levels of the options under consideration. Any chosen safety decision needs to be the option for which the likelihood and quantum of benefit and gain outweighs the likelihood and quantum of loss and harm more than for any other option.

Which option provides the best chance of gain and benefit at both personal and corporate levels?

One such illustrative example is related to un-demonizing the term “shortcut”.

The original, best definition of a shortcut is very simple, positive and with no emotive undertones:

“a smarter, better way of doing a job”

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“the method, procedure that best reduces the time / $ / energy needed to achieve business objectives.”

Can a shortcut ever be an appropriate, lower risk and authorized job method? And how?

In any safety discussions between managers, supervisors and workers, this definition can help clarify the troublesome distinction between “finding a shortcut,” and “taking a shortcut without an authorized risk assessment.” Finding is undeniably “smart.” Taking without RA is patently “dumb.”

Issues of workplace complexity and relationships between managers, supervisors and workers need to be addressed to be able to move safety programs and cultures beyond BBS principles and practices. Workplace relationships are based on trust, respect, credibility, encouragement, and valued appreciation of jointly-found solutions of challenges and issues. RA provides processes needed in relationship-based safety RBS.

Positive relationships include establishing and holding common beliefs that we want everyone to come to work with their brains as well as their brawn, (and hopefully their hearts), because we all recognize that it is in everyone’s interest for everyone to be always challenged to find smarter better ways of doing our jobs. That is what business is about! It is the never-ending goal of finding smarter, more efficient, more effective, more productive and safer (lower risk) ways of doing our work.

However, too often we tell our people we need and want their “shortcut” ideas for more efficiency and productivity, but as soon as they do give them we jump on them and label their suggestions with negative emotive labels such as “violations” or “breaches” of existing rules and describe them in meaningless, undefined terms such as “unsafe acts” or “at-risk behaviors”. Use of these negative, emotion-loaded terms actually discourages searching for the deep underlying root causes of an apparently stupid, careless, and lazy “violation.”

It is more appropriate to use non-emotive descriptors such as “variations,” “adaptations,” “departures,” or very simply “work-arounds.”

All day-to-day safety meetings, discussions, and personal risk taking behavioral choices involve BBS questions such as:

  • Which procedure or method is safer (lower risk) than another?
  • Which is the safer tool, plant, equipment for this job?
  • Which risk control option is better than the others?
  • Which route should be taken?
  • Which control panel design is less error-provoking than the other?
  • Which roster is best for managing fatigue?
  • What is the appropriate time that we need to allocate to this incident investigation?
  • What to say and how to interact / converse with my peers, supervisors and managers?

These real examples of safety optioneering processes make a compelling argument for doing at least a qualitative (but preferably a Semi – Quantitative) Risk Assessment.

In fact, Risk Assessments will be recognized as definitely needed every time any safety-related decision needs to be made and therefore can move safety programs beyond traditional BBS principles and practices often confused and undermined by subjective beliefs, biases and perceptions.

How can you improve your confidence in the accuracy, reliability, consistency of Risk Assessments?

Learn Best Practices in the training courses being offered as below.

Houston, Texas
May 20-21, (Weds-Thurs)

To register: http://www.taproot.com/store/2-Day-Risk-Management-Training-1505HOUS20.html

Calgary, Canada
May 27-28, (Wed-Thurs)
To register: http://www.taproot.com/store/2-Day-Risk-Management-Training-1505CALG27.html

Las Vegas, Nevada
June 1-2 (Mon-Tues before the TapRooT® Summit)
To register: http://www.taproot.com/store/2-Day-Risk-Management-Training-1506LASV01-RISKMGMT.html

IN-HOUSE Courses are also available. Contact us for a quote.

Jim WhitWhiting.Jiming, an international expert in risk management and root cause analysis will be conducting the courses detailed above. The courses are the updated versions of a highly successful course that he has been offering for a number of years to over 200 attendees at Pre-Summit courses at past TapRooT® Summits. Due to increasing requests for more offerings of the course, the TapRooT® folks and Jim have decided to offer three RAMBP PUBLIC Courses in North America in 2015.

Jim was on Committees developing the Risk Management Standard AS/ISO 31000 which has been adopted word for word by US standard bodies as ANSI Z690.2 and Canadian bodies as CAN/CSA/ISO 31000. He has developed Risk Assessment unique tools and processes for maximizing the confidence of the results of assessments need to make all safety-related decision-making such as – what is a tolerable risk ?

Last Chance to Double Your Chances to Win an iPad Mini!

Posted: January 26th, 2015 in Summit

We are giving away an iPad Mini to the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit early bird prize drawing winner, and you still have a chance to get TWO tickets in the drawing.

To enter and receive two tickets, simply submit your paid Summit registration to our office before the end of January, 2015. You can also receive one ticket in the drawing if you submit your paid registration before the end of February.

The early registration drawing will be held at the Kickoff Session, Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. at The Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel (You must be present to win!). This drawing is in addition to the other prize giveaways we have planned for the 2015 Summit.

If you are planning to register for the Summit, don’t delay! Increase your odds of winning an iPad Mini.

REGISTER NOW for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit!

Friday Joke: Please Follow the Rules on the Sign

Posted: January 23rd, 2015 in Jokes

Violators will be rewarded! Yes!

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And don’t drink and make signs either.

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I know it will be hard, but just please try.

walk without walking

Career Development: How to Be a Great Leader

Posted: January 20th, 2015 in Career Development

Who is the happiest man every measured by science? And what was he thinking when he was being measured? And what does any of this have to do with business leadership? View this video and find out!

Richard Phillips, Real Life Inspiration for the Movie Captain Phillips, to Speak at 2015 Summit

Posted: January 19th, 2015 in Best Practice Presentations, Best Practice Presenters, Summit

Learn important lessons on leadership at the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit from Richard Phillips, real life inspiration for the movie, Captain Phillips, who will be the closing keynote speaker on Day 3. The Summit begins on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 right after our 2-day Pre-Summit courses (June 1 and 2, 2015).

Phillips, Richard

Richard Phillips

For five days in April 2009, the world was glued to their TV screens as Captain Richard Phillips became the center of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who hijacked his ship, the first hijacking of a US ship in more than 200 years.

Though Captain Phillips describes himself as a “regular guy,” the world knows that his actions were anything but ordinary after the pirate attack. His harrowing and heroic efforts to survive an ordeal that riveted the world were only matched in valor by his decisive actions to save his crew and the ship they sailed. President Obama said, “I share the country’s admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans.”

REGISTER for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, June 1-5, 2015, Las Vegas.

 

 

 

Remembering an Accident: Boston Molasses Disaster

Posted: January 15th, 2015 in Accidents, Video

On January 15, 1919, the North end of Boston was one of the most congested neighborhoods in the entire world. There were about 40,000 people in a one mile square of geographic space. When a large molasses tank burst and a huge wave of molasses rushed through the streets at approximately 35 mph, 150 people were injured and 21 were killed.

Theories ensued after the disaster. Some said the tanks were intentionally set to explode by anarchists, and others believed the fermenting of the molasses led to the explosion. In the end, it was discovered the person who oversaw the construction of the tank wasn’t an engineer or an architect. He couldn’t even read a blueprint!

According to folklore, residents claim that on a hot summer day, the area still smells of molasses.

What is your blueprint for investigating incidents and finding and fixing root causes, and can everyone read it? Our 2-day TapRooT® Course provides all the essentials and is designed for everyone, from beginner to expert. (Learn more.)

Who’s Responsible for Your Professional Development?

Posted: January 12th, 2015 in Career Development, Career Development Tips

Who’s in charge of your professional development? Well, according to recent research, 71% of workers believe employers should identify job opportunities and career paths. So, it’s interesting that, according to the same study, 85% of managers believe employees should identify their own job opportunities and career paths.

So who’s in charge of your professional development?

And how can you expect to get anywhere in 2015?

Read this Forbes article by Lisa Quast and find out:

Who’s in Charge of Career Planning?

Don’t Miss Important Lessons Learned from Multi-fatality Incidents at the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit

Posted: January 12th, 2015 in Best Practice Presentations, Best Practice Presenters, Summit

Alan Smith and Mhorvan Sherret, Directors, Matrix Risk Control (UK) Ltd
and Law Enforcement Specialists,  are the closing keynote speakers for the second day of the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit. The Summit begins on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 right after our 2-day Pre-Summit courses (June 1 and 2, 2015).

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Alan Smith

Alan Smith and Mhorvan Sherret founded Matrix Risk Control (UK) Ltd. following successful careers in law enforcement when they were at the forefront of many major investigations. They wanted to promote excellence in investigation within industry to improve performance, and ensure that many of the tragic events they had witnessed never happened again. Both Alan and Mhorvan are passionate about not only finding out what happened, but why it happened and, most importantly, helping to put in place preventative measures that really work.

They have worked closely with System Improvements Inc. since 2009, spreading the TapRooT® word throughout the globe, and assisting organizations in making things better.

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In founding and developing their own business, Alan and Mhorvan are acutely aware of the importance of their people and that their success is entirely relative to the performance of their staff.

Sadly, both have been involved in many incidents where the value of people has not been fully appreciated until it was too late, and they have learned the hard way how crucial it is to build a caring culture around a business and the importance of being ready for the unthinkable.

A death or deaths in the workplace can have a hugely negative impact on an organization but much can be done in readiness to ensure that the business continues effectively and, more importantly, those left behind continue to function in an environment where they know that the organization has done the right thing, and dealt with the helplessness that such an event brings in a sensitive and caring manner.

Alan and Mhorvan will share with you their experiences of multi-fatality incident consequences, and how you can prepare your organization for the nightmare scenario.

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5 Reasons to Bring Your Family to our June Summit!

Posted: January 7th, 2015 in Local Attractions, Summit

We all know about the late night adventures Vegas has to offer, but what if family fun is more your style?

June is a great time for family fun because the kids will just be finishing up another school year. Don’t be afraid to bring them to play during the Global TapRooT® Summit June 1 – 5, 2015. They’ll love these 5 types of attractions, and you’ll get a kick out of them too.

1. Animals

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay – See their Shipwreck exhibit, where water, fish, sea turtles, and sharks surround you – behind glass walls, of course!

Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat – Come see white lions, tigers, leopards, and panthers, not to mention dolphins! If you have some extra bucks to spare, your child can even be a dolphin trainer for a day.

2. Rides

Adventuredome – Your kids – and you – will be wowed by the Adventuredome Theme Park’s 25 simulations, rides, and IMAX experiences for all ages.

Gondola Rides at the Venetian – Enjoy this quintessential Italian boat ride through the waters near the Venetian Hotel, complete with your own singing gondolier.

Nevada Southern Railway – Do your kids love trains? Take them for a ride Saturday or Sunday after the Summit. For an extra fee, they can even ride in the engineer’s cab!

3. Fun Learning

Ethel M Chocolate Factory Tour – This free self-guided factory tour is just as delicious as it sounds, with generous free samples to boot. Don’t forget to check out the Cactus Garden and M&Ms world as well.

Las Vegas Natural History Museum – Learn about ancient dinosaurs, Egyptian pharaohs, and much more at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

4. Nature

Red Rock Canyon, Springs Preserve, and Mount Charleston all offer hiking, camping, and a peaceful getaway from the madness of Las Vegas life.

5. Entertainment

Pinball Hall of Fame – This quirky attraction boasts over 1,000 vintage pinball machines for you and your family to play. Each game costs from 25 to 50 cents. Finally! Machines in Vegas the kids can have fun on too.

Volcano at the Mirage – Come early for this free water, light, and music show outside the Mirage.

Bellagio Fountains – You’ve heard of these famed fountains; now bring the kids and see the hotel’s classic music and light show up close and personal for free.

Tournament of Kings Dinner Show – Take your family back in time and watch jousting, dancing maidens, and invading armies, all while eating like medieval knights: With your fingers.

What happens in Vegas doesn’t have to stay in Vegas. You can create memories with your family that you’ll never forget. When you come to the Global TapRooT® Summit Week 2015, you can learn the latest root cause analysis best practices and bring the family for some good clean fun too.

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