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Kick Them Out of Your Canoe – Leadership

Posted: November 28th, 2017 in Career Development, Career Development Tips, Summit

The following article is reprinted with permission of its author, Vincent Ivan Phipps, M.A., CSP. We are pleased that Mr. Phipps is a keynote speaker at the upcoming 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit.  You can purchase his new book, Lead Out Loud, and learn how to unlock your personal excellence by clicking here. Learn more at CommunicationVIP.com. And last but not least, don’t forget to register for the Summit and meet him in person!

Leadership is a lot like paddling in a canoe. Let’s say you and two other people are in a canoe. The goal is to cross a river. Let’s say you are in the rear and the other two are seated in front of you. Even if you are the only one paddling, you can propel everyone in the canoe on your own. If all three of you paddle, together in rhythm, all three of you can propel faster. If everyone paddles together, you can also exert less energy and still go faster, farther, with less work from each person individually. This is the concept of teamwork. But how is this related to leadership?

Let’s say, you are paddling hard in the canoe and the other two are not paddling but even worse, they are sticking the legs and hands out of the canoe and into the river. Their placing their limbs in the water is now causing drag. All three bodies have the potential to go faster. If two are not paddling or worse, causing resistance, everyone slows down.

You ask each person to paddle. One tells you they are tired. The other says they will paddle later. You then ask them to at least pull their hands and feet out of the water and place them back inside of the canoe to prevent unnecessary resistance. They both tell you it’s hot and they prefer to keep themselves cool by sticking their hands and feet in the water. They are not focused on the advancement of the team. They are selfish focusing only on what is easier for them personally.

You now have a conundrum. Keep both in the canoe maintaining the potential for more efficiency. Or do you make the tough leadership decision, and, KICK THEM OUT OF THE CANOE! You can move faster, yes, even moving by yourself, than you can with those you are carrying who are not putting forth their effort.

Give others the opportunity to paddle for the team. Be clear about the goal. If others step up, they deserve to stay dry. If they fail to do their part, make the tough decision and do what is best long term, and kick them out of your canoe!

How Far Away is Death?

Posted: November 28th, 2017 in Accidents, How Far Away Is Death?

 

Did you know that e-cigarettes using lithium batteries can spark explosion dangers? Devastating injuries can result.

The U.S. Fire Administration published a July 2017 report entitled, “Electronic Cigarette Fires and Explosions in the United States, 2009-2016.” According to the report, the number of e-cigarette fires and explosions are increasing over time. Click here to read the report.

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: Are you prepared for adverse weather?

Posted: November 28th, 2017 in Accidents

Callback shared reported incidents spawned by typical winter weather. Click here to read the report.

Join us LIVE on Facebook, Wednesday, November 29 at Noon Eastern

Posted: November 27th, 2017 in Media Room, Summit

 

 

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Register for the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit in December for a chance to WIN!

Posted: November 26th, 2017 in Summit

 

Register NOW for the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit for a chance to WIN a great prize! If you’ve ever attended the Summit, you know there are lots of chances to win great prizes.

Early registration gives you another opportunity: Win an Apple Watch!

Register between now December 31 and receive 1 ticket in the prize drawing. 

Click here to learn more about the Summit.

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Friday Joke: Black Friday

Posted: November 24th, 2017 in Jokes

How far away is death?

Posted: November 23rd, 2017 in Accidents, How Far Away Is Death?

CCTV captures woman’s near miss on train tracks in Australia.

Click here to view video.

Register for the Safety Track at the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit

Posted: November 22nd, 2017 in Best Practice Presentations, Best Practice Presenters, Summit

Dave Janney shares the details about his track with Michelle Wishoun.

What does a bad day look like?

Posted: November 21st, 2017 in Accidents

TapRooT® Around the World: AMCHAM Trinidad & Tobago Conference

Posted: November 14th, 2017 in Pictures, TapRooT

Our Senior Associate, Chris Vallee spoke at the AMCHAM Trinidad & Tobago Conference this week. Looks like a great event!

Job Postings for Candidates with TapRooT® Skills

Posted: November 14th, 2017 in Career Development, Job Postings

2017 will soon be over! Don’t miss your chance to jump into training that will expand your options in 2018!

Here are some recent postings looking for candidates with TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis skills:

Technical Safety Regional Leader – Cargill

HES Ops Specialist – Occidental Petroleum

Quality Manager – Easterline

ESG Customer Quality Manager – Air Liquide USA LLC

There are still opportunities for 5-day Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training in 2017!

November 20: Perth Australia

December 4: Edmonton, AB

December 11: Houston Texas

 

TapRooT® Around the World: Houston, Texas

Posted: November 13th, 2017 in Courses

We had a great public course in Houston, Texas recently at the Four Points by the Sheraton which is a short walk from fabulous CityCentre. We have two more public courses coming up in Houston. Enjoy fabulous dining options, shopping and a little fun at Bowl & Barrel or Studio Movie Grill at CityCentre and advance your career with root cause analysis training.  Pappasito’s and Pappadeaux’s Seafood are also just a short walk away from the hotel but you can schedule the shuttle at Four Points to take you there if it’s raining.

If you enjoy getting out of your hotel room after a course day and having lots of options for the evening, we have another 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis training planned at that location on January 18.  We also have a couple seats open in our 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training on December 11.

It’s definitely one of my favorite public course training locations!

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: Passenger train collides with buffer stops

Posted: November 13th, 2017 in Accidents

A passenger train collided with buffer stops. The RAIB reported that the accident occurred becaue the driver was suffering from fatigue and experienced microsleep. Real the full report here.

Join us LIVE on Facebook, Wednesday, November 15 at Noon Eastern

Posted: November 13th, 2017 in Media Room, Summit

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Here is our upcoming schedule (all live segments will be held on Wednesdays, 12 p.m. Eastern time):

November 15: Learn about our Safety Best Practice Track at the Global TapRooT® Summit with Dave Janney & Benna Dortch.
November 22: Bring all your questions about getting your TapRooT® Team trained! Ken Reed & Benna Dortch have answers!
November 29: Thinking about signing up for our Investigator Best Practices Track? Per Ohstrom & Benna Dortch will share the details of this track!

See you soon!

Caption Contest!

Posted: November 10th, 2017 in Contest

 

How would you caption the above photo? Put on your creative hat and read the contest instructions below. Enter as many times as you want, and if you’ve won our contest before, you are still eligible to enter this one!

Contest Instructions:
1. Create your caption to the photo above in five words or less. All captions with more than five words will be disqualified.
2. Type your caption in the comments section of this post by January 2.
3. If you haven’t already, subscribe to the Tuesday TapRooT® Friends & Experts e-newsletter. You must be a subscriber to win!

Have fun!

Caption Contest Winner!

Posted: November 10th, 2017 in Contest

The votes are in an we have a winner for our current caption contest.

Drum roll please…

The winner is Tom S. with

“Mudball, corner pocket.”

Once again, you all made us laugh and the votes were oh-so-close.  Be sure to join us for our next caption contest!

 

Job Postings for Candidates with TapRooT® Skills

Posted: November 9th, 2017 in Career Development, Job Postings

 

Here are some recent postings looking for candidates with TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis skills:

EHS Manager – Fieldcore

Reliability Engineering Supervisor – International Paper

Engineer, Electrical Reliability – Catalyst Paper

Director, Environmental, Health & Safety – UTC Aerospace Systems

It’s not too late to train in 2017 and open your career options for 2018 – sign up for 2017 training!

2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training

November 20 Toronto, Canada

November 21 Adealaide, Australia

November 29 Nashville, TN

December 4 Las Vegas, NV

December 12 Sao Paulo, Brazil

December 14 Perth, Australia

How Far Away is Death?

Posted: November 9th, 2017 in Accidents, How Far Away Is Death?

A worker was dragged with a chain when a meat hook impaled him through the head behind his ear. The worker remained conscious and “jovial” throughout the 2014 incident. Click here to read the story on “Sunshine Coastal Daily.”

Interviewing & Evidence Collection Tip: Preparing Your Accident Investigation Kit

Posted: November 9th, 2017 in Accidents, Root Cause Analysis Tips

 

Last week we talked about being ready for the unexpected to happen, including preparing an accident investigation grab-and-go kit. Let’s flesh that out a little more.

I mentioned that an accident investigation kit can be as simple as forms (such as a form to record initial observations of the witnesses) and a disposable camera. Here are some other ideas that are useful across industries:

Cones

Tape measure

Flashlight

Evidence tags and bags

Tweezers

Work and latex gloves

PPE

Barricade tape

Camera & tripod

Graph Paper

Witness Statement Forms

Paper, clipboard, pen

Copy of  Accident Investigation Policy

What other ideas do you have? Comment below.

Join me and Reb Brickey on February 26 and 27, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee for our TapRooT® Evidence Collection and Interviewing Techniques to Sharpen Investigation Skills to learn more about this topic.

Join us LIVE on Facebook, Wednesday, November 8 at Noon Eastern

Posted: November 6th, 2017 in Investigations, Media Room

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Here is our upcoming November schedule (all live segments will be held on Wednesdays, 12 p.m. Eastern time):

November 8: We have exciting news to share about our Keynote Speakers! Join Mark Paradies & Benna Dortch.
November 15: Learn about our Safety Best Practice Track at the Global TapRooT® Summit with Dave Janney & Benna Dortch.
November 22: Bring all your questions about getting your TapRooT® Team trained! Ken Reed & Benna Dortch have answers!
November 29: Thinking about signing up for our Investigator Best Practices Track? Per Ohstrom & Benna Dortch will share the details!

See you soon!

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