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Do You Have the Newest Editions of the TapRooT® Root Cause Dictionary, Root Cause Tree and Corrective Action Helper?

Posted: May 20th, 2015 in Courses, TapRooT, Training

2015 DuoCahA new revision of the TapRooT® Root Cause Dictionary, TapRooT® Root Cause Tree, and TapRooT® Corrective Action Helper Guide was released on May 1, 2015.  This revised 3-piece set is available for purchase to anyone who has attended a TapRooT® course.

Revisions include:

Root Cause Tree: One new root cause and 3 updated root causes.

Root Cause Dictionary: Updates to definitions to cover root cause changes and current industry best practices.

Corrective Action Helper Guide: Updates for new root causes and updated references.

The updated materials are currently available in English only.

Go here to order: http://www.taproot.com/store/2015-DUOCAH.html

**If you attended a course in 2015, contact info@taproot.com for a special discount.

***If you are attending the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, you can purchase all at the Summit at a special discount as well! Contact info@taproot.com for more information

Room Block Extended for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit!

Posted: May 14th, 2015 in Summit

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Our room block has been extended!  Friday, May 22, 2015, is your last opportunity to book a room in the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit Hotel Block.

By staying at the conference hotel, you will enjoy the value, convenience and perks of residing at the conference venue, including:

  • Room block rates starting at just $129.00.
  • Excellent location (the Flamingo wasn’t built on the Strip, the Strip was build around the Flamingo)
  • Saving time – relax – have one more cup of coffee before the conference begins – your room is conveniently located in the conference host hotel.
  • Bars and nightlife, dining, entertainment, casino, salon and spa, shopping and a wildlife habitat – all onsite!
  • Step right out the door and onto the fabulous LINQ Promenade!

There’s no better place to stay during Summit week than the Flamingo Las Vegas!

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

Passo a Passo No Site TapRooT® (Portuguese Step-by-Step Instructions to Register for TapRooT® Courses)

Posted: April 29th, 2015 in Courses

Thanks to TapRooT® Instructor, Boris Risnic, for providing these instructions for our Portuguese-speaking clients.

Incident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis Sessions Offered Exclusively June 3-5, 2015 in Las Vegas

Posted: April 29th, 2015 in Best Practice Presenters, Root Cause Analysis Tips, Summit

Benna interviews Ken Reed, track leader for the 3-day Incident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis track at the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit.

Attend this track for a deeper understanding of investigation and root cause analysis.

REGISTER for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit.

Need New Ways to Fix Old Problems? Sign up for the 2-Day Creative Corrective Actions Course!

Posted: April 27th, 2015 in Best Practice Presentations, Summit

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This 2-Day Creative Corrective Actions course is a popular interactive and practical workshop that provides participants with a process and tools to uncover innovative and creative solutions and discover opportunities that will lead to breakthrough thinking. Follow this process for increasing creativity in process improvement, strategic thinking, or product design. Included in this workshop is Dr. Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats™. Quit solving problems with the same thinking that created them, this course will take you outside the box and around the corner to a place where new ideas are designed.

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Michele Lindsay

This course is taught by Michele Lindsay, President, of P2 – Performance Potential Inc. Toronto, Ontario Canada. Michele is the type of leader that inspires others to design a better outcome and gives them the tools they need to go back to their facilities and create an exciting future. She has been working in the field of investigations and root cause analysis for over 20 years and is passionate about helping organizations and individuals access their potential.

A long time out of the box thinker and a focus on high performance has led Michele down a unique career path not only as a technical specialist in left brained, highly analytic root cause analysis, but uses her right brained creativity and connection to others to help her optimize performance with individuals, teams and organizations.

Michele has contributed to the Wiley Publication – Handbook of Loss Prevention Engineering on the topic of Leadership; Creating Conditions to Get Beyond Compliance to High Performance.   As a TapRooT® instructor for 1000s of learners, and a facilitator or reviewer in close to 100 significant investigations, her extensive background focuses not only on the process and system improvements but engaging  people to take performance to the next level.

Michele has developed this 2-day course on innovation and creative thinking intended to move teams to new solutions to old problems.  Join her in the Summit course “Creative Corrective Actions” to take these tools and skills back to your facility.

Course Outline

  • Identify and remove roadblocks to Creativity & Innovation
  • We are not all born creative – understanding how to get there
  • Describe and practice the Innovation process, which includes:
    • Focus – Define the problem or opportunity and bring it into focus
    • Uncover Alternatives – New ways to solve old problems, open the creativity tool box to help build solutions and NEW ideas.
    • Narrow your choices – Effectively and efficiently make decisions in teams that break down walls and create team collaboration including the using the globally renowned Six Thinking Hats™ method.
  • Create alignment in decision making
  • Apply the process and tools to a current business problem or opportunity
  • Lay the groundwork for successful implementation
  • Build a climate of innovation

This is the last chance to register for this course this year!

REGISTER for this course and the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit (June 1-5, 2015).

REGISTER for this 2-day course only (June 1-2, 2015).

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit Prizes Announced!

Posted: April 17th, 2015 in Summit

When you attend the Summit, you NOT ONLY

but ALSO have a chance to win amazing prizes just for showing up. Check out these awesome prizes we have waiting for our attendees:

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Mini iPad

 

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GoPro

 

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Apple Watch

 

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Amazon Gift Cards

REGISTER TODAY for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit.

LEARN MORE about the Summit!

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit After Hours: Thrills, Eat & Drink, Shows, Relax

Posted: April 15th, 2015 in Local Attractions, Summit

We’ve been featuring some fun things we like to do in Las Vegas, and so far have a dozen suggestions:

Thrills

Exotics Racing

Zarkana by Cirque Du Soleil

Shows

Million Dollar Quartet

The Jersey Boys

Bellagio Fountains

Eat, Drink & Relax

The LINQ Promenade

Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar on the LINQ

Container Park in Downtown Las Vegas

O’Sheas on the LINQ

Capo’s Speakeasy – Steakhouse

Learn

Mob Museum

Shop

Fashion Show Mall

What are your favorite things to do in Vegas? Leave your comments below and share with other attendees, and don’t forget to join us for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, June 1 – 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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Click here to learn about the Reception we have planned at Margaritaville!

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Click here for info about the host hotel

2-Day Hazard Recognition Course Includes Site Visit to Caterpillar

Posted: April 10th, 2015 in Summit

Here is an exciting update on the 2-Day Hard Recognition Course that will be offered just prior to the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, June 1 and 2, 2015, Las Vegas, NV.

This course focuses on the tried and true methods of hazard recognition including at risk or unsafe behavior, legislation implications, and hazard identification & rectification. The instructor, Peter Berkholz over 30 year of mining and industrial experience. The course includes a site visit to the local Caterpillar Franchise on Day#2, where participants have the opportunity to put into practice the theory learned on Day#1 during a hazard identification exercise.

The course is run to allow participants to learn about different methods of Hazard identification (Day #1) and then apply the learnings through an actual on site hazard identification exercise (Day #2).

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Check out the schedule below:

Day #1

What are hazards?

Why hazard identification is critical in the workplace.

Duty of care and legislative requirements

  1. Europe
  2. USA
  3. Australia

Hazard/barrier, safeguard model

Hazard identification and rectification

Hazard ID and Risk management tools.

  1. Europe
  2. USA
  3. Australia
  4. TapRooT®

Day #2

Morning

Site visit at the local Las Vegas Cashman CATERPILLAR Equipment outlet. Where we will inspect selected mobile CAT equipment using various hazard identification documents

Afternoon

Feedback on site visit and the use of Hazard ID tools.

REGISTER for this 2-Day Hazard Recognition Course.

LEARN MORE about the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit.

Book in the TapRooT® Summit Host Hotel Now!

Posted: April 8th, 2015 in Summit

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The room block cut-off for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit host hotel, The Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel, is one month from today. Make your reservation before May 8, 2015 to secure room block rate.

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

 

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit After Hours: Container Park

Posted: April 7th, 2015 in Summit

This column highlights some fun things to do to unwind in Vegas after a full day of learning and networking at the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit.

There’s more to Vegas than “The Strip,” so today and the next couple of weeks we are highlighting some fun places to visit downtown. (Didn’t know The Strip was not considered downtown? Downtown has a completely different and unique vibe.  And we learned on our site visit that there’s actually a pretty big rivalry between downtown and The Strip!)

Downtown is very easy to get to — just grab a taxi at the Flamingo Las Vegas Resort taxi stand and you’ll be there in less than 20 minutes.  Cab fare is about $28 one-way, so get a small group together and split the fare for a low cost, no worry mode of transportation.

First up, we’d like to feature Container Park.  Located at 707 Fremont Street (Fremont & 7th), Container Park is a unique venue offering a variety of great options for food and drinks.

The entrance of Container Park.

A 40-foot-long mantis greets you at the entrance of Container Park.

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The latest addition to downtown expansion and revitalization, Container Park is made up of 45 repurposed, different-sized shipping containers.  It also features 43 Xtreme Cubes, and the containers and cubes house the shops, restaurants and bars.

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Inside Container Park.

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A bird's eye view.

A bird’s eye view.

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Lots of food, drinks and shops to choose from!

Lots of food, drinks and shops to choose from!

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This open air shopping park located on historic Fremont Street also hosts live concerts, movies and a children’s park. So, if you brought the spouse and kids, you can enjoy a glass of wine in the open air, listen to live music, and watch the kids play on the treehouse and playground.

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The Outdoor Pavilion hosts live music on summer nights.

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We visited in February, and can’t wait to go back in June where things are sure to heat up in Vegas on summer nights.

LEARN MORE about the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit.

REGISTER for the Summit today!

 

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit After Hours: O’Sheas on The LINQ

Posted: April 7th, 2015 in Courses, Local Attractions, Summit

We’ve been highlighting some fun things to do in this column during 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit Week (June 1 – 5, 2015, Las Vegas, NV). Today we are featuring an entertainment venue that is literally steps away from the Summit host hotel, The Flamingo Las Vegas.

O’Shea’s Casino and Pub never has a dull moment. On our site visit, a local desribed it as “Not your father’s Oshea’s, more like your son’s.” Located in the former Imperial Palace, O’Shea’s stays true to their Irish theme with an exciting and rambunctious atmosphere.

 

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O’Sheas on the LINQ Promenade

An Irish inspiration isn’t all they’ve got going for them, though. The 50 types of beer, table games, beer pong tournaments, live entertainment and outdoor games keep the spirit alive. Don’t forget the delicious pub menu and unique drink specials to share and enjoy with friends into the night.

CLICK HERE to register today for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit!

Or CLICK HERE for more info about the Summit!

Certified Instructors: How to Recertify at the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit

Posted: April 2nd, 2015 in Best Practice Presentations, Summit

Register for the Certified Instructor Track: http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit

Learn how to View the Best Practice Sessions on Your Track and How to Customize your Schedule:  http://www.taproot.com/archives/48975

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit After Hours: The Jersey Boys

Posted: March 31st, 2015 in Local Attractions, Summit

Have you registered for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit in Las Vegas, NV (June 1 – 5, 2015)? This column highlights some fun things to do after hours.

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Vegas is known for amazing entertainment, and there are several awesome shows to choose from for a fun evening out during Summit Week.

Jersey Boys, Le Theatre Des Arts at Paris Las Vegas, is a true heart-wrenching off-broadway show that will leave you with tears of joy from such a sweet story. The story line isn’t the only highly reviewed aspect of the show, though,  the music and talented quartet are nothing short of exceptional. There’s a reason The Jersey Boys won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater in 2007 and four Tony Awards in the Musical category in 2006. If you’re in the mood to see true musical entertainment in the heart of The Strip, this one will not let you down.

Watch a sneak peek here!

And CLICK HERE to register today for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit!

Or CLICK HERE for more info about the Summit!

PS – Want to learn more about shows going on during Summit Week? Check out Zarkana by Cirque Du Soleil and Million Dollar Quartet!

TapRooT® Around the World: Lima

Posted: March 31st, 2015 in Courses, TapRooT

TapRooT® Instructor, Marco Flores, sent in this great class photo from Lima.

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CLICK HERE to view more photos.

We have some awesome training opportunities coming up, including 15 exclusive 2-day courses on every subject from interviewing to stopping human error.  If you missed the recent post, check them out here:  http://www.taproot.com/archives/49008

Career Development: Ace the Interview!

Posted: March 30th, 2015 in Career Development, Career Development Tips

So you got an invitation to interview for a job — what now? Time to collect your thoughts to ensure you ace the interview. The first thing you should do is take a few moments to research and take notes on the company. Then take some time to become very familiar with the job description, and make notes on how your skills match it. Also, make a list of questions that you can ask the employer about the position.

Last but not least, get ready for the questions the employer will ask you. The Center for Career Development at Biola University has a list of the top 50 Interview Questions and tips on how to handle them. Learn more here:

https://career.biola.edu/interviewing-2/top-50-interview-questions/

And don’t forget, additional training will open up more career opportunities for you. Check out our upcoming training schedule here:

http://www.taproot.com/courses

How to Navigate our Online Schedule for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit

Posted: March 25th, 2015 in Summit, Video

The hardest thing about registering for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit (June 1-5, 2015, Las Vegas) is deciding which best practices sessions to sign up for among all the great options. This video will help you navigate our online schedule so that you can begin thinking about it before you go through the actual registration process. The video also gives a couple of tips about how to modify your schedule during the registration process.  If you need assistance, please contact us at info@taproot.com.

Here is the link to the schedule page: http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/summit-schedule

Southlake Hospital Staff Lives Their Values

Posted: March 24th, 2015 in Best Practice Presentations, Best Practice Presenters, Medical/Healthcare, Summit

Michele Lindsay, President of Performance Potential Inc. and member of the Quality and Risk Department at Southlake Hospital recently shared this awesome video with us. Join Michele at the Global TapRooT® Summit June 1 and 2 for her exclusive 2-Day Creative Corrective Actions Course and sign up for the Improving Healthcare and Patient Quality track June 3 – 5 to attend her best practice session, RCA of Multiple Events, which is a case study of performing root cause analysis on several incidents that appear to be related. Take the opportunity to learn from many incidents that may not trigger a root cause analysis on their own, but collectively provide significant insights into process and system weaknesses so effective corrective actions can be put in place.

Hope you enjoy the video! Learn more about the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit at:

http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit After Hours: Zarkana by Cirque Du Soleil

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

Have you registered for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, June 1 – 5, 2015 in Las Vegas Nevada? This column is to help you plan for some fun things to do after hours.

Thrilling, funny and non-stop action are words I’d use to describe Zarkana by Cirque Du Soleil. Below are a couple of clips from the performance I attended that demonstrate the complexity and beauty of the set, and the heartwarming cast.

ARIA Resort and Casino is hosting this awe-inspiring show filled with 70 world class acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, high wire and trapeze artists.

The theme for Zarkana is an extraordinary circus coming alive in an old abandoned theater. You can just imagine the excitement and entertainment the performers can bring to life with a theme like that. The NY Post calls it an “ideal choice” when it comes to the world of Cirque du Soleil.

If you enjoy the heartstopping acts in a “traditional” circus, you will love Zarkana by Cirque Du Soleil.  It offers tradition plus an extra dose of magic that will leave you feeling awestruck!

Get your tickets here:

https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/zarkana/default.aspx

Register for the Summit and pre-Summit here:

http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit

And learn more about the Summit here:

http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit

Remembering an Accident: Grover Shoe Factory Disaster

Posted: March 20th, 2015 in Accidents

On March 20, 1905, 58 employees died and 150 people were injured during a boiler explosion in Brockton, Massachusetts. Among the 300+ employees who worked at the factory, about 100 went unharmed.

The Grover Shoe Factory is the largest boiler disaster ever recorded in American Industrial Industry.

What happened? An over-worked pressure boiler exploded and shot through the roof of the factory causing the roof to collapse. The floors below collapsed because of the extra weight added by each collapsing floor, leaving the workers trapped in the rubble.

The combination of broken gas lines, air, and ventilation caused the factory and the buildings around it to become a blazing inferno.

The boiler traveled several hundred feet causing damages to a number of buildings and eventually landing on a house.

To read the full PDF about this incident click here.

 

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Before the explosion

 

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After the explosion

 

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The boiler and the house it landed on

 

Want to prevent a disaster from happening in your workplace? Sign up for a 5-Day TapRooT® course to learn how to prevent accidents like this. Click here to learn more information. 

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