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Acquire TapRooT® in Atlanta

July 9th, 2018 by

TapRooT® Training in Atlanta, Georgia, September 26, 2018: 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training

 

Exposure to the 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training course in Atlanta will expand your professional knowledge. In two days, learn the TapRooT® Essentials to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, precursors, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and other types of problems. Essential Techniques include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree® & Corrective Action Helper®. A TapRooT® course is a career booster and can be a professional game changer for you. You’ll be amazed at how much you learn that you can immediately apply!

While in Atlanta, you will want to get out and about. Below, to route you on the road to Atlanta, we’ve included highlights of this Southern city. Be sure to discover even more gems to explore on our Atlanta Pinterest board.

Experience Atlanta

Atlanta has grown from a railway town to a Southern icon due to its cultural community, as well as for its position as a financial and commercial center. The bustling city maintains its identity as a crucial hub for transportation. Atlanta—with incredible charm, generally mild-weathered climate, and attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, the College Football Hall of Fame, and Piedmont Park—has drawn in celebrity chefs, media magnates, and a diverse population.

Take a walk along the BeltLine, a 22-mile loop connecting parks and trails and encircling major areas of the city. See how many pieces of public art you can spot as you walk.

With 75 acres of fresh outdoor nature experiences and the world of adventure inside, Fernbank Museum of Natural History opens your eyes to a hands-on, wild side, sensory discovery.

Go for a mini-hike up Stone Mountain.

Stroll through Ponce City Market, set in a historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building, and discover Skyline Park on the rooftop, dine and drink at City Winery, get an epic coffee at Spiller Park.

At the High Museum, explore contemporary and historical art, exhibitions, and architecture.

In downtown Atlanta, Centennial Olympic Park is where you’ll find the Georgia Aquarium.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park: Visit the park, including the home of Martin Luther King Jr. Be moved by his story in this park dedicated to the African-American leader’s life and heritage.

Atlanta Botanical Garden offers an urban oasis of more than 30 acres, adjacent to Piedmont Park in Midtown.

Taste Atlanta

 

Fork first, into a scrumptious Southern fare at Atlanta Breakfast Club. Among the temptations are fried chicken with waffles, pancakes, omelets, French toast, and, of course, grits.

Make plans to stop at Ponce City Market and get your culinary senses sharpened in Central Food Hall.

Duck into Ria’s Bluebird for a delicious weekend brunch in the downtown heart of Atlanta. The buttermilk pancakes are ranked the world’s best by the New York Times.

Cool off with a crazy-good, flavor-filled treat from the closest King of Pops.

Bite into a Sublime Doughnut to see what all the hubbub is about.

With up to 15 trucks at a time, your options are wide open at Atlanta Food Truck Park.

If you happen to be in East Atlanta or on the West side, savor a slider at Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand.

Go to Hankook Taqueria near the Georgia Tech campus and settle into some tong dak tacos and sesame fries.

Tuck into some Belgian Fries at Belgian Beer Bar, located in Little 5 Points.

The overstuffed burrito, rice and beans, quesadillas, and more from El Myr are something to look forward to.

Atlanta is all about the food halls. In the middle of Inman Park, you’ll find Watchman’s Seafood & Spirits featuring fresh Gulf of Mexico fare in Krog Street Market.

Register here for our Atlanta 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training course.

TapRooT® is global to meet your needs. If you need other times or locations, please see our full selection of courses.

If you would like for us to teach a course at your workplace, please reach out to discuss what we can do for you, or call us at 865.539.2139.

TapRooT® Training in Bogota

July 6th, 2018 by

To advance your professional development through TapRooT® Training in Colombia, register for our upcoming courses in Bogota.

Bogota, Colombia: 1-Day TapRooT®/Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting & Root Cause Failure Analysis Course:

Bogota, Colombia: 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training:

Bogota, Colombia: Special 2-Day Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis Course: 

Bogota: 3-Day TapRooT® /Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting & Root Cause Failure Analysis Course:

Bogota: 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training Course:

TapRooT® is global to meet your needs. If you need other times or locations, please see our full selection of courses.

Expand your professional knowledge and advance your career in Bogota, Colombia, with TapRooT®. Within a TapRooT® course, you’ll gain experience and perspective for myriad workplace situations. A TapRooT® course is a career booster and can be a professional game changer for you. You’ll be amazed at how much you learn that you can immediately apply!

Bogota, Colombia—flanked to the east and west by mountain ranges, it’s often called “the city of art, adventure, and architecture.” While in Bogota, you will want to get out and about, to admire the architecture of its many churches, taste its diverse fruits and culinary delights, and experience its history and heritage. Below, to route you on the road to Bogota, we’ve included highlights of this vibrant city. Be sure to discover even more gems to explore on our Bogota Pinterest board.

Experience Bogota

Visit Bogota and discover an attractive, vibrant city abuzz with great coffee shops, culinary hotspots, a wealth of heritage and cultural high points, and colorful neighborhoods. Colombia has the world’s largest number of orchids, its national flower. In Bogota’s mountains, you will find a diversity of these orchids, as well as a wealth of species of flowers, birds, and butterflies. Below are some suggestions and highlights of Bogota for you to explore:

El Carmen Church (Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Carmen): You’ll easily spot the iconic 187-foot, red-and-white brick steeple in the Candelaria district. Decorated with Arabic and Byzantine art, this Gothic-style church was built between 1926 and 1938 with architecture that reflects the Spanish colonial tradition. See other churches in Candelaria here.

Plaza de Bolivar: A visit to Bogota often begins here, in the heart of the original town. In this square is the city’s first public monument, the 1846 bronze statue of Simon Bolivar, known as El Libertador.

La Catedral PrimidaGothic-style with a French influence, the Holy Cathedral Church has five naves, 88 columns, and 72 vaults. 

The Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), in the cobblestoned La Candelaria, houses the largest collection of pre-Colombian gold work in the world. Among the 55,000 pieces of ancient works by indigenous cultures of Colombia, you’ll see gold, pottery, rock, precious stones, and textiles, lending scientists and archaeologists insight into the cultures of South America civilizations prior to the arrival of Europeans.

Visit La Candelaria in daylight hours. You’ll find this the place to experience Bogota’s colorful, cultural heritage, as the neighborhood is full of art deco, Spanish colonial, and Baroque architecture. La Carrera Septima is a good beginning for wandering your way to La Candelaria.

Take in panoramic views of the city and faraway hills atop Monserrate Mountain, a 10,341-foot mountain with a 17th-century church, gardens, and a Colombian spiritual shrine. Ascend to the mountain by cable car, railway, or on foot. The cable car views are preferred by most visitors. On the mountain, you will also find a couple of restaurants and a market.

Taste Bogota

How many of these Colombian fruits have you tried?

  • Badea
  • Borojo
  • Carambolo
  • Feijoa
  • Chontaduro
  • Passion fruit
  • Soursop
  • Naranjilla
  • Spanish lime
  • Cherimoya
  • Granadilla
  • Guanabana
  • Brazilian guava
  • Lulo fruit
  • Mamoncillo
  • Maracuya
  • Pitahaya
  • Tomate de arbol (tamarillo)
  • Peruvian groundcherry
  • Curuba
  • Higo

Paloquemao Market is one of the most traditional Bogota markets, where you will discover a wide range of fresh Colombian fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

On your way back from the Salt Cathedral, enjoy dinner and then the nightlife in Chia at Andres Carne de ResTry the coconut milk lemonade.

For modern Colombian, go to Mini Mal; for street food Peruvian-style, try El Carrito Sanguchero; and to savor Lebanese-style deliciousness, head to Zatar.

Enjoy the baked goods! Pandebonos (a cheese bread), pan de yuca, and almojabanas are usually offered in any bakery. Some good locations are La Puerta Falsa and La Rioja in Chapinero.

La Puerta Falsa: Order the ajiaco, a delicious soup with chicken, potatoes, corn, and guascas, a local herb. Other ingredients are added according to personal taste: rice, avocado, capers, cream. Other great locations for this time-honored dish: La Pola in Las Aguas or at Las Cazuelas de la Abuela in Chapinero.

Know before you go: Bring a jacket. At 8,612 feet, Bogota has mild temperature year-round, but gets chilly in the evening. 

If you would like for us to teach a course at your workplace, please reach out to discuss what we can do for you, or call us at 865.539.2139.

TapRooT® & You in Sao Paulo

June 27th, 2018 by

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Upcoming training dates: August 8 | October 17 | December 12

Take a couple of days to expand your professional knowledge and advance your career in fascinating Sao Paulo, Brazil, with TapRooT®! Within these two days, you’ll gain experience and perspective in myriad workplace situations. A TapRooT® course is a career booster and can be a professional game changer for you. You will learn to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, near-misses, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other categories of problems. Among the unique TapRooT® techniques, you’ll work with SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree® & Corrective Action Helper®.

At course completion, attendees will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, the online software service. Importantly, you will have the advantage of professional training in your expertise and on your resume!

In the 2-Day TapRooT® course, we’ll participate in an exercise, using safety incidents or quality issues from your work environment. Be sure to bring one for us to dive into. This may be a written report, or you may share knowledge of an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a unique problem. You’ll be amazed at how much you learn in two days that you can immediately apply!

We will gather on August 8 for the 2-Day TapRooT® course. While in Sao Paulo, you will likely want to get out and about. Be sure to discover more gems to explore on our Sao Paulo Pinterest board. Below, to route you on the road to Sao Paulo, we’ve included highlights of this vibrant city.

Experience Sao Paulo

South America’s largest city, Sao Paulo, is surrounded by rivers, and punctuated with rich architecture, from neo-Gothic to modernist. The city is so big that it’s a good idea to have a game plan of what you’d like to include in your adventure.

Go for a refreshing walk among 500 different plant species in Ibirapuera Park. Inside the park, you will find sport courts and a jogging track, bike racks, restaurants, as well as the Contemporary Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum, the Afro Brazilian Museum, the Ibirapuera Auditorium, the Japanese Pavillion, the Oca, and many other structures.

Culture note: A person born in Sao Paulo state is called a paulista; someone born in the city is a paulistano.

Just north of Sao Paulo’s city center is one of the world’s largest urban forests. Walk or hike in the Parque Estadual da Cantareira (Cantareira State Park) to see monkeys and birds as well as native flora. Climb the Serra da Cantareira high enough and you will take in a panoramic view of the city.

The Soccer Museum: The museum is located in the Pacaembu Stadium, and provides an amazing audiovisual experience.

In downtown Sao Paulo, go to the Liberdade district to visit Japanese Town, home to the largest Japanese community in the world outside Japan. Here, you’ll spot iconic red torii Shinto shrine gates lining the streets along with markets and restaurants.

Did you know? Among their influences in Brazil, Japanese immigrants introduced organized farming to the Amazon and initiated the commercial cultivation of pepper, putting Brazil on its way to being the world’s fourth largest producer of this spice.

Sao Paulo culinary experiences

Try what the locals love: Bacalhau is a Brazilian-adopted Portuguese dish containing onions, olives, tomatoes, potatoes, and herbs. Fried fish cakes (bolinho de bacalhau) are consumed with gusto (and often with beer). Tiny tasty rolls (pão de queijo) eaten typically for breakfast—you would call them “cheese bread”—with a cup of coffee with milk (pingado), found in Brazilian bakeries.

Experience the falafels, crispy on the outside and filled with goodness, at Tent of the Nile (Tenda do Nilo).

Taste an African-influenced fritter (acarajé) at Star City

Indulge your sweet tooth at Casa Mathilde.

Have an afternoon or evening drink at Frank Bar.

Dive into a coxinha at Bar do Luiz Fernandes.

Savor feijoada, Brazil’s beans-and-pork stew.

Swing into Caso do Sabor for a tropical chocolate experience, from those who best know cocoa beans and cacao.

To advance your professional development through TapRooT® training, register here for Sao Paulo.

Upcoming training dates: August 8 | October 17 | December 12

TapRooT® is global to meet your needs. If you need other times or locations, please see our full selection of courses.

If you would like for us to teach a course at your workplace, please reach out to discuss what we can do for you, or call us at 865.539.2139.

Take your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Kenya

June 25th, 2018 by

Have you ever been to East Africa? When you arrive, you’ll find Kenya a stunning country of magnificent wildlife and pristine wilderness, recognized as a model for both wildlife management and sustainable tourism. A place where you can experience the diversity of its geography—from the drama of the Great Rift Valley, desert, and mountain highlands to white sand beaches, rainforests, and the savannah plains. The sheer assortment of national parks, reserves, and wildlife experiences in Kenya sets it apart as a destination.

Here are a few bucket-list adventures awaiting you in Kenya:

If you’ve ever dreamed of going on safari or having a close-up wildlife experience, Kenya is surely the prized destination. From its capital, Nairobi, safaris allow you to witness millions of wildebeests, along with giraffes and migrating from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park to the Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya. You’ll never forget the trembling of the ground as hooves are pounding to their plunge into the Mara River, a dangerous but necessary leap for the wildebeests to reach the feast awaiting them on Kenya’s lush grazing grounds.

Amboseli National Park: You can view Tanzania’s 5,895m Mount Kilimanjaro from this park, as well as visit a Maasai village. Within the park are opportunities to see giraffes, jackals, hyenas, vervet monkeys, elephants, cheetahs, elands, waterbucks, warthogs, baboons, hartebeests, cranes, sunbirds, and more than 420 feathered and migratory species.

Lake Nakuru: See thousands of flamingos, both the black and white rhinos, waterbucks, zebras, buffalo, and the endangered Rothschild giraffe among the game in this region. The lake also provides one of your best opportunities to see leopards and a pride of lions.

Visit a conservancy and bond with a remarkable creature.

Learn some Kenyan culture and traditions.

Get your water sport on and your eyes full of the arresting beauty of Kenyan beaches: Mombasa, Malindi, Diani, and Lamu.

Indulge in some Swahili cuisine.

Check into seeing the Big Five (lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) and these spectacular national parks.

Have breakfast with a giraffe.

Go whale-watching in Watamu.

Another life-changing action you can take in Kenya is the TapRooT® 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training in Nairobi on July 16. In just five days, you will learn TapRooT® to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, near misses, operational errors, hospital sentinel events and other types of problems. Techniques include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree® & Corrective Action Helper® plus additional advanced topics such as CHAP, Human Engineering, Interviewing, Safeguard Analysis and Proactive Improvement.

Register now for an experience in Nairobi, Kenya, that will both broaden you and further your career and professional development.

Learn TapRooT® in Denver

June 24th, 2018 by

Take two days to become TapRooT® trained in Denver, Colorado. Within these two days, you’ll gain experience and perspective in myriad workplace situations. A TapRooT® course is a career booster and can be a professional game changer for you.

From beginners to experts, TapRooT® is designed for learners at all levels. You will learn to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, precursor events, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other types of problems. Techniques include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree® & Corrective Action Helper®. Upon completion of the course, attendees will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, our award-winning online software service. Most importantly, you will have the advantage of professional training in your expertise and on your resume!

In the course, we’ll participate in an exercise, using safety incidents or quality issues from your work environment. Be sure to bring one or more for us to dive into. These may be written reports, or you may share knowledge of an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a unique problem. You’ll be amazed at how much you learn in two days that you can immediately apply!

We’ll meet on September 18 for the 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training Course. You will likely want to get out and about in Denver so below we’ve included highlights of this Colorado city.

Register here to take the 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training Course in Denver.

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Soak up Denver

Denver is packed with must-do thrills: Stand exactly one mile high on the west steps of the state capitol and see 200 mountains from its dome. Set your eyes on the world’s greatest collection of Native American art at an architectural wonder, the Denver Art Museum. Check out Old West history in a trendy downtown at Golden, Colorado’s first capital, where you can sip a beer while kayakers paddle by.

The Mile High City is a paradise for outdoor adventure and pro sports. The choices are wide-ranging: walking trailsurban hikes, parks, sporting events, and more Denver adventures.

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Colorado’s landscape is awe-inspiring. Take Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, little more than a hour from Denver. You can go front range climbing, take a jeep or segway tour, or tour via bike or electric bike. If you’re a photography buff, this is a natural for you.

Go brewery touring and get a closeup taste of the culture Denver’s famous for.

Denver’s historic district, or Lower Downtown, is called LoDo. Amid 28 square blocks, you can enjoy excellent restaurants, live music, and fun brewpubs. Walk, sightsee, window shop in downtown Larimer Square among a vibrant district of Victorian buildings restored to hip shops and restaurants.

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The creative community of Denver shows up in galleries, studios, and cultural attractions across seven art districts.

Visit Red Rock Canyon Park & Amphitheatre for hiking, walking, and biking trails, or dine at Red Rock’s Ship Rock Grille to admire the view.

Check out Union Station, a transportation hub, historic landmark, and cool space for noshing–such as Mercantile Dining & Provision–gathering, and shopping.

At El Taco De Mexico, 714 Santa Fe Dr., it’s all about being the authentic taqueria.

Try breakfast or lunch at Maria Empanada, a great bakery and cafe offering a taste of Argentina.

At the vintage-inspired ice cream shop Little Man, people line up around the block on 16th Street for homemade flavors like peach cobbler, oatmeal cookie, salted Oreo, and creme fraiche.

Discover more to explore on the TapRooT® Denver Pinterest board, and register for your TapRoot® experience in Colorado today.

TapRooT® is global to meet your needs. If you need other times or locations, please see our full selection of courses.

If you would like for us to teach a course at your workplace, please reach out to discuss what we can do for you, or call us at 865.539.2139.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acquire TapRooT® Training in Auckland

June 23rd, 2018 by

Take two days to become TapRooT® Trained in Auckland. Within these two days, you’ll gain experience and perspective in myriad workplace situations.

TapRooT® is designed for learners at all levels. You will learn to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, precursors, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other types of problems. Techniques include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree®, and Corrective Action Helper®. Upon completion of the course, attendees will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, our award-winning online software service. Most importantly, you will have the advantage of professional training in your expertise and on your resume!

In the course, we’ll participate in an exercise, using safety incidents or quality issues from your work environment. Be sure to bring one or more for us to dive into. These may be written reports, or you may share knowledge of an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a unique problem. You’ll be amazed at how much you learn in two days that you can immediately apply!

We’ll meet on July 16 for the 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training Course. You will likely want to get out and about in Auckland so below we’ve included highlights of this New Zealand city.

Register here to take the 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training Course in Auckland.

Experience Auckland

On New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland is a hub for transport. Auckland, known as “City of Sails,” has a vast harbor, many quiet islands, a colorful cityscape, world-class museums and award-winning wineries, and cultural and ecological diversity. This gorgeous city offers an incredible mix of wildlife, water, and urban activities. Trains and buses are handy for getting around the city; a ferry is a great way to sightsee this amazing place from the water.

Just ask the locals and they will tell you what they love about their homeland: friendly neighbors, lush farmland, countless black and white sand beaches, rugged mountains and native bush, sun-drenched islands, green spaces and parks, enchanting villages and mountaintop culinary experiences. Come join us in Auckland!

Packing tips for Auckland in July:

  • A sweater that will keep you warm
  • A rainproof, windproof jacket
  • Warm scarf

Discover Shakespeare Park: The park is in North Auckland but worth the distance for the panoramic scenery, incredible hikes, beautiful beaches.

Have fun and/or brunch at Mission Bay: Mission Bay is an iconic Auckland beach, centrally located and full of eateries along the boardwalk.

New Zealand Maritime Museum: At the museum, you can learn the history of New Zealand seafaring, from the first Polynesians to present-day yachting. Or, get seafaring yourself on a restored heritage scow, the Ted Ashby, to take in harbor sights and sounds and terrific views of Auckland’s skyline.

Take a deep breath in Cornwall Park: Relax, take a vigorous walk on a tree-lined avenue or trail, have an ice cream, or people watch in this expansive park in Epsom, near Auckland’s city center. Named after the Duke of Cornwall, the park has heritage sites dating back centuries, sporting grounds and games, and an educational farm for children.

Museum of Transport and Technology: Explore  exhibitions spanning the history and development of New Zealand transport, technology, and ingenuity, with interactive experiences.

Get a forever view of the landscape from Sky TowerNew Zealand’s tallest tower.

Climb Auckland’s highest mountain, Mount Eden, and mark that off your list. The climb takes only about an hour. At the top, enjoy the awe of the skyline.

For either an upscale dinner or a little nightlife, go to Ponsonby.

Milford Sound: The gem of Fiordland National Park in New Zealand’s South Island, Milford Sound is actually a fiord and the only one in New Zealand accessible by road. Day tours and cruises and other activities, including kayaking and scuba diving, are ways to explore this captivating jewel.

Hike the Waitakere Ranges, an immense natural reserve of nature walks and hikes. Here, you can experience waterfalls, picturesque lookouts, coastal walkways—all with abundant photo ops.

Did you know Auckland is built on over 50 volcanoes?

Auckland eateries

Andrea Ristorante Italiano: Stellar views across Mission Bay, relaxed outdoor and indoor seating, and delicious homemade Italian cuisine.

Velvet Burger: Pull up a chair to a solid burger with good chips. The service is great and so are the buns.

Bodrum Kitchen: Mediterranean cuisine at its best, Bodrum Kitchen serves traditional favorites—menemem, sigara borek, loukamades, moussaka, dolmades, lahmacun—and much more.

Riverstone Kitchen: A simple menu reflects the Kitchen’s dedication and focus on fresh, unfussy cuisine. Ingredients are sourced from its extensive vegetable gardens and orchards.

Dante’s: A favorite in Auckland’s Ponsonby, Dante’s brings the authentic to Italian pizza, and reasonably priced.

Dante's Pizza in Ponsonby

If you would like for us to teach a course at your workplace, please reach out to discuss what we can do for you, or call us at 865.539.2139 or 865.357.0080.

TapRooT® is global to meet your needs. If you need other times or locations, please see our full selection of courses.When you’re making plans or while you are there, be sure to use our Auckland Pinterest board to discover adventures, dining suggestions, and city sights. Remember to register today for your New Zealand TapRoot® experience.

Learn TapRooT® in Johannesburg

June 22nd, 2018 by

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Spend five days in Johannesburg with TapRooT® and you will learn how to conduct an investigation and develop effective corrective actions. A TapRooT® course has proven over and over to be a career game changer.

TapRooT® is designed for learners at all levels. In this course, you will learn to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, precursors, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other types of problems. Techniques include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree®, and Corrective Action Helper® plus additional advanced topics such as CHAP, Human Engineering, Interviewing, Safeguard Analysis, and Proactive Improvement.. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, our award-winning online software service. Most importantly, you will have the advantage of professional training in your expertise and on your resume!

Attendees should bring safety incidents or quality issues from their workplace for a team exercise. These may be in the form of written reports or, alternately, you may have knowledge of an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a unique problem.

We’ll meet on August 27 for the 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training Course. You will likely want to get out and about in Johannesburg so below we’ve included highlights of this history-rich, colorful city in South Africa.

Register here to take the 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training Course in Johannesburg.

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Experience Johannesburg

Along two oceans, the South Atlantic and the Indian, South Africa is the southernmost country on the African continent. As the largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg is the provincial capital and the center of the gold and diamond trade, due to its location in the Witwatersrand. The city’s Soweto township was home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. You may hear the locals call it “Jozi, Joburg, or JHB.” By any of its names, Johannesburg has a robust arts and food scene and much beauty and history for you to discover.

For magnificent views, go up to the observation deck of the Carlton Tower, also known as “Top of Africa.” The 50-story building is also home to a shopping venue.

See Johannesburg by walking, bicycle, or tuk tuk—the tours are organized by Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers. You can also chow down on homestyle cooking at Lebo’s.

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The Apartheid Museum illustrates the 20th-century history of the rise and fall of the apartheid system and practice in South Africa, as well as background history of the country.

For further insight into apartheid, visit Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, a heritage site which commemorates the role of students in their struggle against substandard life in South Africa.

Constitution Hill sets on the site of the prison that once held Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, and is now the country’s highest court and a beautiful, modern, living museum.

Wits Art Museum: The University of the Witwatersrand, known as “Wits,” holds a remarkable collection by African artists, and additionally hosts international exhibitions. Free admission. The cafe serves delicious, inexpensive lunches.

The Cradle of Humankind is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of eight South African World Heritage Sites. About a 90-minute drive from Johannesburg city, this site offers visitors a range of caves, culture and craft and one of the world’s richest depositories of hominid fossils. If you go here, don’t miss the Maropeng Visitor Centre, iconic for its shape of a burial mound. The award-winning site is home to diverse birds, animals, and plants, many rare or endangered.

Take a hike at Melville Koppies Hill, a heritage site and nature reserve in the middle of the city. See the Iron Age ancient furnace along the way.

Mandela House: Once the home of Nelson Mandela, now you can visit this small museum at 8115 Vilakazi Street, filled with intimate mementos of his family life and a National Heritage Site.  Vilakazi Street, in Soweto, is known for being the address of two Nobel Laureates, Mandela and Desmond Tutu.

Glean insights of the city and culture from Gerald Garner on a JoburgPlaces walking tour.

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Johannesburg eateries

Have an adult beverage (or whatever strikes your fancy) at View. This restaurant, in the Four Seasons hotel, affords you a magnificently panoramic view. Also at the Four Seasons is Westcliff Deli, a great place to either dine on the spot or get it to go.

The Saxon Hotel: Feast on a meal from top South African chef Luke Dale-Roberts, amid gorgeous gardens.

For a truly African culinary experience, it’s served at a single 18-seat table in a tiny restaurant called Yeoville Dinner Club.

On Saturdays, savor a craft beer at Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein.

If it’s Dim Sum, it’s old Chinatown: The city’s west end gives you a glimpse into the surroundings of the first Chinese migrants. Try Ming Woo, 4 Commissioner Street, but you have to ask for the dim sum menu.

Discover more to explore on the TapRooT® Johannesburg Pinterest boardand register for your TapRoot® experience in South Africa today.

TapRooT® is global to meet your needs. If you need other times or locations, please see our full selection of courses.

If you would like for us to teach a course at your workplace, please reach out to discuss what we can do for you, or call us at 865.539.2139 or 865.357.0080.

 

Get TapRooT® Training in Reno

June 20th, 2018 by

Spend two days in Reno with TapRooT® and you will learn how to conduct an investigation and develop effective corrective actions. A TapRooT® course will accelerate your professional growth and has proven over and over to be a career game changer.

TapRooT® is designed for learners at all levels. You will learn to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, precursors, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other types of problems. Techniques include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree®, and Corrective Action Helper®. Upon completion of the course, attendees will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, our award-winning online software service. Most importantly, you will have the advantage of professional training in your expertise and on your resume!

Attendees should bring safety incidents or quality issues from their workplace for a team exercise. These may be in the form of written reports or, alternately, you may have knowledge of an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a unique problem.

We’ll meet on July 25 at the Whitney Peak Hotel for the 2-Day Root Cause Analysis Training Course. You will likely want to get out and about in Reno so below we’ve included highlights of this Nevada city.

Register here to take the 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training Course in Reno.

 

Experience Reno

Established in the 1860s, Reno got its name from fallen Union General Jesse Lee Reno but is perhaps best known as “the biggest little city in the world.” This gateway to the old west presents you with stunning contrasts: Spreading across the Truckee Meadows and lying along the Truckee River, Reno is a high desert in northwestern Nevada at the foot of the dramatic, majestic Sierra Nevada mountains. Come explore Reno while you learn TapRooT®!

Take a hike: When you’re downtown, follow the Hunter Creek Trail to the waterfall, or head south and hike up the Thomas Creek Trail to Dry Pond for terrific views of the city.

See the Reno Municipal Rose Garden: Certified by the American Rose Society, the garden in Idlewild Park spreads over one acre with 200 varieties of roses. Expect to see a fantastic display of blooms from early June through September.

Visit Idlewild ParkNext to the Truckee River and just west of downtown Reno, the 49-acre community park is home to duck ponds, the rose garden, a skate park, ballfields, a swimming pool. Here, you can savor live music, diverse tastes from the food trucks, and craft beer.

Chill out on an island in downtown Reno: Wingfield Park on Belle Isle. Swim, picnic, relax by the water, hike or stroll the Riverwalk, or bike the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway—all in the green urban oasis on the Truckee River. Built into the river is the Truckee River Whitewater Park, where you can kayak, canoe or raft, or tube the Class 2 to 3 course. 

Experience local art and sculpture alongside fine art in downtown Reno’s culture and arts district. The Nevada Museum of Art is designed around themes of land and environment. The Stremmel Gallery features contemporary work from European and American artists. 

Reno eateries

Midtown Eats: Self-described as, “A modern take on ageless taste,” Midtown Eats impresses you with its creative comfort food and cocktail concoctions. In a rustic farmhouse and well worth the wait.

Old Granite Street EateryWhether you’re at the vintage wood bar or scarfing down bacon chips in a booth,  you’re sure to savor the handcrafted touch in both food and drink. Remember that it’s Happy Hour here Monday – Friday, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, with one-half off drafts and wine by the glass, plus select two snacks for $10.00.

The Stone House Cafe: In Reno’s Old Southwest, the family-owned cafe and its spacious patio serve up memorable libations and culinary experiences.

Brasserie Saint James: The Great American Beer Festival has named Brasserie Saint James “the best midsize brewpub and brewer in the nation.” At this cross between a gastropub and a microbrewery, you’ll find brews for all tastes.

Hub Coffee Roasters: Get your java fix on with locally roasted premium fair trade deliciousness. Or go for cappuccino, hot chocolate, pastries in this cozy atmosphere with patio tables and river views.

Bibo Coffee CompanyWith memorable chai lattes, this coffee shop sits among independent wine and cheese shops. Folks swear by the ice cream and gelato, as well as the superb coffee.

Discover more to explore on the TapRooT® Reno Pinterest board, and register for your Nevada TapRoot® experience today.

We are global to meet your needs. If you need other times or locations, please see our full selection of courses.

If you would like for us to teach a course at your workplace, please reach out to discuss what we can do for you, or call us at 865.539.2139.

Meet TapRooT® in Dallas

June 14th, 2018 by

In five days with TapRooT® in Dallas, you will learn how to conduct an investigation and develop effective Corrective Actions. A TapRooT® course can accelerate your career and has proven a professional game changer for many.

TapRooT® is designed for learners at all levels. You will learn to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, precursors, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other types of problems. Techniques include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree® & Corrective Action Helper® plus additional advanced topics such as CHAP, Human Engineering, Interviewing, Safeguard Analysis and Proactive Improvement. Upon course completion, attendees will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, the online software service. Most importantly, you will have the advantage of professional training in your expertise and on your resume!

Attendees should bring safety incidents or quality issues from their workplace for a team exercise. These may be either written reports or, alternately, you may have knowledge of an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a different problem.

We’ll meet on August 6 at the Hilton Garden Inn Las Colinas for the 5-Day Root Cause Analysis Training course. You will likely want to explore Dallas so below we’ve included highlights of your host city.

Register here to take the 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training in Dallas.

 

Experience Dallas

Dallas has a down-home, friendly atmosphere, cool music, a memorable skyline, and a robust nightlife. Take a walk in the city’s urban green spaces and explore endless outdoor and recreational activities. To get here, you can fly into DFW or Love Airport, headquarters of Southwest.

A great introduction to Dallas is to take a free trolley ride through downtown to see the area and check out restaurants and points of interest you might want to pursue. Hop on and off as you wish. You may want to use the DART bus or rail system, depending on where you want to go.

Catch views from the GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower, 470 feet above the ground, a great overlook of Trinity River. Another place to view the landscape and Trinity River is from Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge. For optimum photo ops, snap the skyline from steel-arched Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

Play games, read, and see free performances at Klyde Warren Park, a $110 million oasis with free Wi-Fi. Bonus: With food trucks and restaurants, the park is open from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm. Across the street is Dallas Museum of Art, where general admission is free.

Did you know? Dallas is home to the country’s largest hardwood forest, the Great Trinity Forest

Recreate at White Rock Lake Park. A nine-mile trail for walkers, cyclists, or runners. Scenic views. Go boating or enjoy watching folks row, paddleboard, and fish the lake.

Dallas’ NorthPark Center is prime real estate for shopping–from Versace and Gucci to H&M and Nordstrom.Plus, you can see artworks painted by Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, and Jonathon Borofsky.

Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park: Learn about Dallas’ history in this park full of 19th-century Victorian and pioneer homes.

Check out what’s happening at the American Airlines Center. You may find a concert or a Dallas Mavericks or Stars game.

Perot Museum: Soak up natural history and science through interactive exhibits.

 

Dallas eateries

Sip Stir Cafe: Artisan coffee and espresso in a quiet place. Laptops welcome.

Bread Winners Cafe: Delicious food, such as chicken and waffles. Bonus: Friday = happy hour!

Whatever food floats your boat, it’s likely at Trinity Groves in the downtown business district: American, Italian, Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean, barbecue, vegan, seafood, tapas. The district has its own restaurant hub. Among the highlights: Tapas CastileSouk Mediterranean Bistro & Bar, Saint Rocco’s New York Italian.

Connect with TapRooT® in Amsterdam

June 12th, 2018 by

Created for learners at any level, TapRooT® courses will teach you to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, precursors, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other types of problems. Techniques include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree®, Corrective Action Helper®. Upon course completion, attendees will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, the outstanding online software service. Most importantly, you will have the advantage of globally recognized TapRooT® professional training added to your expertise and on your resume.

As part of the course, attendees will bring safety incidents or quality issues from their workplace for a team exercise. These may be either written reports or, alternately, you may offer knowledge of an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a different problem.

We’ll gather September 26 at the Mercure Hotel Amsterdam City for the 2-Day training course. You will want to explore Amsterdam so below the registration link we’ve included highlights of your host city.

Register here for the 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training course in Amsterdam.

Experience Amsterdam

In northwestern Europe, Amsterdam is known for its tulip fields, canals and windmills, cycling, the Van Gogh museum and the house where Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid during WWII, and works from Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijiksmuseum.

Take a tour—by canal boat, dinner cruisebike, walking, Hop-on Hop-off bus, or helicopter. Just decide how and what you want to see, then connect with the tour that fits your preferences. 

Dam Square is for meeting up, people-watching, and plotting your day while being in the company of the beautiful Royal Palace and in the center of the city.

Walk five minutes from Dam Square to the Amsterdam Museum, an essential for getting inside of Amsterdam’s history, folklore, social patterns, subcultures, and artistic expression.

Amsterdam’s oldest building and oldest parish church, Oude Kerk was founded circa 1213.

Anne Frank House: See where Anne kept her diary and went into hiding. Insider tip: Buy your ticket early as possible as they sell out very quickly; they are made available on the website two months in advance.

The Rijksmuseuma Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history, is in the Amsterdam South borough, close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Concertgebouw.

You don’t have to travel outside the city to see the icons that helped the Dutch fight water shortages. There are at least eight windmills inside the city.

Did you know that there are more bicycles than people in Amsterdam? 

 

Amsterdam eateries

Try Pofertjes (petite fluffy buckwheat pancakes, served with powdered sugar), Appeltaart, or Stroopwafels (chewy waffles), among the delicacies to sample in Amsterdam.

Cocotte: Stop in this French-style crêperie in the heart of Amsterdam, offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee.

Toscanini: A local favorite with a 30-year history. Italian menu with a choice of antipasti, primi, secondi, and dolci. Excellent wine list.

De Foodhallen: Take a bite out of the Dutch street food scene where there’s something for everybody. In this former tram depot, you can savor soft-shell crab buns or fish tacos at Le Big Fish; enjoy a bitterbal at De Ballenbar; relish burgers at the Butcher; tuck into hot dogs at Bulls & Dogs; head for Vet View and some Vietnamese street food; droll over the BBQ pork at Rough Kitchen; satisfy your sweet tooth at Le Petit Gateau; or go for Mediterranean fare at Maza. There’s even more choices at De Foodhallen, none of them dull.

Oriental City B.V.In Amsterdam’s “Wallen” area, Oriental City is a local crowd favorite. Extensive menu, with the dim sum among the best in town.

Proeflokaal Arendsnest: Taste the creativity in the craft beer scene here in Amsterdam at this canal-side beer bar on the Herengracht. Choose from around 50 Dutch beers on tap and 100 bottled beers. 

Thrill Grill: Craving a burger? Diners queue up here for such creations as the classic all-beef Thriller, a salmon or veggie falafel burgers, or the Purist, which is a burger with gravy. Four city locations, with the Gerard Doustraat location receiving the best scores for ambiance.

Try this: The Netherlands is famous for its cheese, so go for a cheese and wine tasting session.

 

Discover more to explore from our Amsterdam Pinterest board and begin planning your TapRooT® trip to the Netherlands today!

Add TapRooT® Skills in Nashville

June 9th, 2018 by

Take two days with TapRooT® in Nashville and learn how to conduct an investigation and develop effective Corrective Actions. A TapRooT® course can accelerate your career and has proven a professional game changer for many.

Designed for learners at all levels, TapRooT® will teach you to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, precursors, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other types of problems. Techniques include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree®, Corrective Action Helper®. Upon course completion, attendees will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, the outstanding online software service. Most importantly, you will have the advantage of globally recognized TapRooT® professional training added to your expertise and on your resume.

As part of the course, attendees will bring safety incidents or quality issues from their workplace for a team exercise. These may be either written reports or, alternately, you may offer knowledge of an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a different problem.

We’ll meet August 13 at 21c Museum Hotel Nashville in downtown Music City for the course. You will likely want to explore Nashville so below we’ve included highlights of your host city.

Register here for the 2-Day TapRoot® Root Cause Analysis Training course in Nashville

Experience Nashville

Live music 24/7. Fun places to relax and kick back. History, art, culture. And tying it up with a bow: The food.  There’s a lot to discover in Nashville and we’re here to help with a few suggestions.

The Country Music Hall of Fame: Pays tribute to the past of country music while also featuring contemporary artists.

Visit Nashville distilleries: Corsair DistilleryPennington Distilling Co., Nelson’s GreenBriar Distillery, Pritchard’s Distillery, Jack Daniel’s Distillery. Moonshiners, from a past century, passed their recipes down through the generations. Today’s Nashville distilleries have built on that heritage, blending innovation into proven family recipes.

Experience live artists at the Grand Ole Opry: You never know who you’ll get to see and hear at this Nashville icon but we guarantee you will be well entertained. A tradition since 1925.

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park:  Go here for a bird’s-eye view of the state capitol. Walk through the 19-acre park to see a 200-foot granite map of the state, a World War II memorial, a 95-bell carillon, a pathway of history, and the Rivers of Tennessee fountains. Eleven planters along the Walkway of Counties show native plant species from the state’s different regions.

Sandwich your trip to the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park between some ice cream at the Farmers Market and nationally recognized artisan coffee at Crema.

Nashville eateries

Edley’s Bar-B-Que: Walk into Edley’s and feel like family. They smoke meats low and slow with White Oak, and carry on the Nashville tradition of meat and three, with those sides coming fresh and made from scratch every day.

Hattie B’s Chicken: Two words: Hot Chicken. They call it “Comeback Sauce” for a reason. Don’t skimp on the desserts when you’ve got peach cobbler and banana pudding calling your name.

Five Points Pizza: If you have a pizza craving, pick up a slice (or more) at Five Points. Consistently voted Nashville’s best.

Husk: For something more upscale, Husk is a few blocks south of historic Broadway, in the heart of downtown Nashville, featuring  James Beard award-winning Chef Sean Brock and his quest for ingredient-driven cuisine.

5th & Taylor: Chef Daniel Lindley brings interpretations of Sunday dinners to traditional American fare and to your table.

Pancake Pantry: Delicious any time of the day, but be warned: Either go early morning or in the early afternoon because the secret is long out about this Nashville icon’s goodness. In Hillsboro Village. Hours: Monday – Friday, 6:00 am – 3:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 6:00 am – 4:00 pm.

 

Loveless Cafe: At least 65 years an award-winning Nashville legend, Loveless Cafe is quintessential fried chicken, biscuits, and preserves, all earnestly homemade. There is plenty more on the menu, too!

Frothy Monkey: A terrific place to hang out and chat while having a good cup of coffee or a full meal.

Dose: Step in for a refreshing cup of coffee or tea and something yummy from the bakery. Great place to unwind, chat, or get some work done on your laptop.

Biscuit Love: Now a Music City staple with three locations, Biscuit Love began life as an airstream food truck named Lilly.  This family-owned interpreter of the Southern brunch serves a variety of from-scratch for breakfast and lunch.

Discover more to explore from our Nashville Pinterest board and begin planning your TapRooT® trip to Tennessee today!

 

Meet TapRooT® in Milwaukee

May 30th, 2018 by

In two days with TapRooT®, you will learn how to conduct an investigation and develop effective Corrective Actions. A TapRooT® course can accelerate your career and has proven a professional game changer for many.

TapRooT® is designed for learners at all levels. You will learn to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, precursors, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other types of problems. Techniques include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree® & Corrective Action Helper®. Upon course completion, attendees will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, the online software service. Most importantly, you will have the advantage of professional training in your expertise and on your resume!

Attendees should bring safety incidents or quality issues from their workplace for a team exercise. These may be either written reports or, alternately, you may have knowledge of an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a different problem.

We’ll meet on July 17 at the Milwaukee Marriott Downtown for the 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training course. You will likely want to explore Milwaukee so below we’ve included highlights of your host city.

Register here to take the 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training course in Milwaukee. 

Experience Milwaukee

Milwaukee is known as the “big city of little neighborhoods.” Here, you’ll find friendly folks, delectable cuisine, a Midwestern culture, and unique experiences. Like Lake Michigan, the only Great Lake entirely within the U.S.

Discovery World: Whether you’re awestruck at the Tall Ships or Great Lakes, looking through the Simple Machine Shipyard, or Les Paul’s House of Sound, you’re surrounded by hands-on science, technology, and the environment.

Photo Op: Go around the cool exterior walkway of Discovery World to view Lake Michigan and the downtown area.

Milwaukee Public Museum: You can get lost in the floors of anthropology, geology, botany, history, zoology, and even a vintage European Village.

Sprecher Brewery Tour: See how the brewing process happens, from factory to shelves. Of course, you can sample brews in the mix of activities!

Brady Street: Sense the Midwest atmosphere on this street that offers nightlife, coffee houses, restaurants and ethnic cuisine, and shops.

Riverwalk: Go for the views and great dining along the Milwaukee River.

Historic Third Ward: A jewel in downtown, the Ward is home to a thriving arts community, shopping, restaurants. On the north end, you’ll find Milwaukee Public Market, fully decked out with a wine bar, diverse culinary vendors with vegetarian and vegan options, local swag for sale, something for your sweet tooth, and more. 

The beach: Yes, with sand and water, on beautiful Lake Michigan, which has a water surface of 22,300 square miles. Milwaukee has 1,400 acres of beaches and parkland on the water. Bradford Beach, in downtown Milwaukee, was selected as one of the Travel Channel’s top 11 city beaches.

Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery: Fascinating building, with a tour that clues you in on much of Milwaukee.

Did you know: Lake Michigan’s name is derived from an Ojibwa Indian word, “mishigami,” which means “large lake”?

 

Milwaukee eateries

Milwaukee Ale House: Sit on the patio of this microbrewery and restaurant and enjoy the Milwaukee River sights and sounds.

Blue’s Egg: Coffee and carry-out or have breakfast or lunch at this Art Deco eatery.

The Capital Grille: Upscale steakhouse and classic American fare.

Odd Duck: Inventive New American menu with creative cocktails.

AJ Bombers: Happy hour, great burgers and beer, open until late.

Milwaukee Brat House: Great brew selection. Brats, Wisconsin cheese soup, chicken sandwiches, pretzels—all locally popular.

Glorioso’s Italian Market: Shop in the market while waiting for your food. Great meatballs and sauce.

St. Paul Fish Company: Dinner specials nightly. Fresh seafood and a mix of American favorites.

Discover more to explore from our Milwaukee Pinterest board and begin planning your TapRooT® trip to Wisconsin today.

 

 

Learn TapRooT® in Nairobi

May 29th, 2018 by

In five days with TapRooT®, you will learn how to conduct an investigation and develop effective Corrective Actions. A TapRooT® course can accelerate your career and has proven a professional game changer for many.

TapRooT® is designed for learners at all levels. You will learn to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, precursors, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other types of problems. Techniques include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree® & Corrective Action Helper® plus additional advanced topics such as CHAP, Human Engineering, Interviewing, Safeguard Analysis and Proactive Improvement. Upon course completion, attendees will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, the online software service. Most importantly, you will have the advantage of professional training in your expertise and on your resume!

Attendees should bring safety incidents or quality issues from their workplace for a team exercise. These may be either written reports or, alternately, you may have knowledge of an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a different problem.

We’ll meet on July 16 for the 5-Day Root Cause Analysis Training course. You will likely want to explore a bit of Nairobi so below we’ve included highlights of your host city.

Register here to take the 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training in Nairobi.

Experience Nairobi
Nairobi is a modern African city with a colonial past. As Kenya’s capital, Nairobi is the most populous city in eastern Africa and a leading business, cultural, and financial hub in Africa.

Nairobi offers parks, shopping, art museums, cultural attractions, restaurants and bars, and opportunities to get close to wildlife.

Wildlife
Giraffe Center: Supported by the American Fund for Endangered Wildlife, the center offers you experiences in feeding, standing face-to-face with the giraffes, and walking the Giraffe Center Nature Trail. An endangered subspecies giraffe, the rare Rothschild, has been successfully bred at Giraffe Center.

Get up close to baby elephants at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage. Only available for viewing from 11 am to 12 pm, so plan accordingly, the baby elephant orphans are found left behind when the babies fall into watering holes or when their mothers are poached. The handlers bottle feed them the only kind of milk the young elephants can have: elephant milk, of course.

Nairobi National Park: Experience exhibits about Kenyan history and early African ancestry, cultures, and people. Learn about fossils and their names. Next door is Snake Park where some snakes are so poisonous, they are behind double glass! Stroll the botanic garden and trek the nature trail.

Culture
Nairobi National Museum: Explore gardens with sculpture, culture, and history in the midst of Kenya’s rich heritage.

Kenyatta International Convention Centre: View the city from the heights of the conference centre with its dome-shaped tower. The Nairobi skyline is punctuated by the centre’s fusion of African styles, both traditional and contemporary.

Masai Market: On Tuesdays, shop among handicrafts: sculptures, jewelry, batik hangings, apparel, sisal bags, and many other handmade selections. Also, check out the City Market.

African Heritage House: The house overlooks Nairobi National Park and is a combination of diverse mud architectures across Africa.

Karen Blixen Home: Built in the tradition of late 19th-century bungalow architecture, with spacious rooms, verandas horizontally laid out, a roof of tile and stone, at the foot of the Ngong Hills, the home was owned by Danish author Karen and her Swedish husband, Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke. The Academy Award-winning film “Out of Africa” was about their lives in this home on farmland in Kenya.

Nairobi eateries
Carnivore: Set amid tropical gardens, with the rustic feel of a medieval banquet hall, Carnivore offers exotic meats, soups, side dishes and sauces, selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee. Try a classic Kenyan cocktail, Dawa, a blend of vodka, sugar, lime, and honey.

Talisman: A fusion of European, Pan-Asian, and African cuisine and considered one of the best restaurants in Nairobi. Try the grilled filet with a potato patty mixed with vegetables and deep fried, served with a wasabi-mustard sauce.

Wasp & Sprout:  A small cafe in the quiet Loresho area with excellent food and a relaxing ambiance. Visit during breakfast or brunch for ricotta pancakes, eggs Benedict, and baked goods. Bring a book and make yourself at home for a few hours.

The Arbor: Set in a beautiful garden, the cafe is eco-friendly with Southeast Asian and international cuisine.

Brew Bistro & Lounge: A popular restaurant, brewery, and lounge, with rooftop beer garden ambiance and a lively nightlife.

Mama Ashanti: A local favorite with West African and Ghanaian fare.

J’s Fresh Bar & Kitchen: In Westlands, this gastropub has  outdoor seating, a DJ booth, nightlife and a full-service restaurant.

Discover more to explore from our Nairobi Pinterest board and begin planning your TapRooT® trip to Africa today.

Join TapRooT® in Niagara Falls

May 25th, 2018 by

In two days with TapRooT®, you will learn how to conduct an investigation and develop effective Corrective Actions. A TapRooT® course is a career booster and has proven a professional game changer for many.

TapRooT® is designed for learners at all levels. You will learn to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, precursors, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other types of problems. Techniques include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree® & Corrective Action Helper®. Upon course completion, attendees will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, the online software service. Most importantly, you will have the advantage of professional training in your expertise and on your resume!

Attendees should bring safety incidents or quality issues from their workplace for a team exercise. These may be either written reports or, alternately, you may have knowledge of an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a different problem.

We’ll meet at the Marriott on the Falls Hotel on June 20 for the 2-Day Root Cause Analysis Training course. You will likely want to explore a bit of Niagara Falls so we’ve included highlights of your host city.

Register here to take the TapRooT® course in Niagara Falls. 

 

Experience Niagara Falls

Three waterfalls bridge the international border between Canada’s Ontario province and New York state, forming the southern end of the Niagara Gorge. This is the roar of nature, adventure at its fullest.

Water action
Take a Niagara Hornblower Cruise or cruise via Maid of the Mist close to the bottom of the mighty Niagara Falls and watch the wall of thundering water. Ponchos provided!

Keep the thrills going on another wet visit as you descend an elevator to go through a narrow tunnel—Journey Behind the Falls.

Get close up via a boardwalk. White Water Walk, along the Great Gorge, showcases Class 6 whirlpool rapids in the raging river.

Insider tip: Prepare to get wet (and pack accordingly) for any of the boat adventures!

Want a bird’s-eye view of the falls? Go to the top of Skylon Tower, 775 feet above the falls. There are two fine dining restaurants at the top, a 3D movie theatre, and a Family Fun Centre.

Niagara Gorge Discovery Center is a gateway into short hikes around the falls. Or try Niagara Glen Nature Centre to hike along the Niagara River.

Niagara Adventure Theater is a 45-minute production about settlers, explorers, and the story behind the thundering falls—all within feet of American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls.

Drive over the Rainbow Bridge, an arch bridge across the Niagara River gorge.

Did you know: The Niagara River, along with the Great Lakes Basin, is a legacy of the last Ice Age. 18,000 years ago?

Cycling is a blast here. Take the route along the 56 km path, Niagara River Recreation Trail, connecting Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake. The route may be started anywhere in the park.

Fancy a wine tour and tastings in Niagara Falls? Two popular opportunities are Winery Tours of Niagara and Discovery Tours Unlimited.

 

Visit Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservancy for a walk through a rainforest setting, viewing over 2000 butterflies.

Did you know: The Niagara River supplies the water for  the falls and its dissolved minerals and limestone create the green color you see?

Niagara Falls eateries
BlueLine Diner, 4424 Montrose Ave.: Huge, delicious pancakes, perfect bacon, wonderful coffee, and more. Bonus: Browse the hockey store attached to this diner.

Flying Saucer, 6768 Lundy’s Ln.:  Up late? Flying Saucer is open until 4 am!  Indulge in eggs, fries, toast, and more.

Koutouki, 5745 Ferry St.: Chicken souvlaki, moussaka, lemon potatoes—great Greek fare.

Fun fact: Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the nation.

Piccadilly Restaurant, 5501 Ferry St.: Traditional English pub fare and the owners are from the UK. Great fish and chips and chicken curry.

Weinkeller, 5633 Victoria St.: With fare such as house-made wine and fried goat cheese, Weinkiller is upscale and farm-to-table.

Frijoles Fresh Mex Burritos, 3465 Portage Way: Open until 8 pm, this burrito establishment makes everything in house, including all the sauces. Customize your order any way you like. Vegan and vegetarian options.

Tide & Vine, 3491 Portage Rd. or 1523 Niagara Stone Rd.: The freshest oysters and great seafood. Serves local beer and wine.

PhoXyclo, 6175 Dunn St.: You can get a great steaming bowl of pho here, with an sweetness to the broth.

Queen Charlotte Tea Room, 5689 Main St.: The desserts are made from scratch, and tea is always ready. You can also feast on bangers & mash, mushy peas, and  fish & chips.

AG, 5195 Magdalen Ave., Named for silver on the periodic table, this farm-to-table experience is sophisticated, made with fresh ingredients harvested from the AG farm.

Good to know:  U.S. driver’s licenses are valid in Canada, but if you’re visiting from other countries, you’ll need an international driver’s license. A seatbelt must be worn at all times, for both drivers AND passengers. Hand-held electronic devices are banned while driving.

Discover more to explore from our Niagara Falls Pinterest board and begin planning your TapRooT® trip today.

Get TapRooT® Trained in Hartford

May 23rd, 2018 by

In two days with TapRooT®, you will learn how to conduct an investigation and develop effective Corrective Actions. A TapRooT® course is a career booster and has proven a professional game changer for many.

TapRooT® is designed for learners at all levels. You will learn to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, precursors, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other types of problems. Techniques include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree® & Corrective Action Helper®. Upon course completion, attendees will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, the online software service. Most importantly, you will have the advantage of professional training in your wheelhouse and on your resume!

Attendees should bring safety incidents or quality issues from their workplace for a team exercise. These may be either written reports or, alternately, you may have knowledge of an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a different problem.

We’ll meet at the Hilton Garden Inn Hartford North/Bradley Int’l Airport for the 2-Day Root Cause Analysis Training course.

Register here to take the TapRooT® course in Hartford. 

 

Experience Hartford
Connecticut’s capital, Hartford, is home to beautiful parks, a choice of unique museums, attractions, performing arts and restaurants. See the stunning Connecticut State Capitol, visit the Wadsworth Atheneum, one of the oldest art museums in the U.S., and stroll through the Rose Garden in Elizabeth Park. Best things to do in Hartford include the Connecticut Science Center, the Mark Twain House & Museum and the carousel in Bushnell Park.

Connecticut State Capitol: At 210 Capitol Ave., the marble and granite state capitol building dates from 1871 and is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.

Mark Twain House & Museum: This Victorian Gothic house on Farmington Avenue has 19 rooms and is where Samuel Longhorne Clemens wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and where he raised his family.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., was founded in 1842 and opened in 1844, one of the oldest art museums in the U.S. You’ll see French and American Impressionist collections, works by contemporary and modernist artists, landscapes by members of the Hudson River School, American decorative arts, and furniture. The Wadsworth Atheneum is the largest art museum in Connecticut and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk: Created to honor Abraham Lincoln, the walk includes sculpture installations, murals, and artwork. Noted historian and biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin was instrumental in the launch of the mobile tour, and is the narrator.

Connecticut Science Center: At 250 Columbus Blvd., the Connecticut Science Center is a nine-story science museum with 40,000 square feet of interactive exhibits.

A city park on Asylum Avenue, 102-acre Elizabeth Park is the oldest municipal rose garden in the U.S., with 15,000 rose bushes representing 800 varieties. The Park is also home to an outdoor concert series in the summer, and contains greenhouses, lawns, pathways, a pond, and tennis courts.

Bushnell Park, 30 Arbor St., has its own summer concert series. The park also offers visitors a tour of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch or a historical tour.

Hartford eateries 
At Bushnell Park (see above), you will find food trucks at the park year round with fare such as the bacon marmalade grilled cheese from Whey Station.

Salute, 100 Trumbull St., in downtown Hartford, is a great “meet and eat” spot, with a robust bar and a creative menu.

BBQ Bear’s Smokehouse, 25 Front St., smokes meats Kansas City-style and boasts “the best ribs in Connecticut,” along with its delicious sides and desserts.

The Capital Grille, 44 Front St., is a great steakhouse with classic American fare in an upscale setting.

The Trumbull Kitchen, 150 Trumbull St., is a stylish eatery featuring a inventive menu—from tasters and tapas to soothing comfort food.

Firebox Restaurant, 539 Broad St., is set in a renovated forge, with an upscale-casual atmosphere and a farm-to-table New American menu.

Sarah’s Coffee House, 257 Asylum St., is farm-to-table and a local charity supporter along with having terrific coffees, teas, smoothies, and pastries.

Homemade doughnuts, breakfast sandwiches, coffee, and more—Tastease, 70 New Park Ave.—is a local favorite.

Family-owned Tangiers, 550 Farmington Ave., is a restaurant and a grocery, specializing in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare, such as spicy falafel, chicken gyro, tabbouleh, baklava.

Mozzicato DePasquale Bakery and Pastry Shop, 329 Franklin Ave., is ideal for cocktails, an espresso, a pastry.

Sample a German-Polish smokehouse/deli, Adolf’s Meats & Sausage Kitchen, 35 New Britain Ave., for brats, hams, Canadian bacon, kielbasa, and more.

Stop in at Spigot Cafe, 468 Prospect Ave., for ice-cold brews from around the world. Cash only. Feel free to bring food in to have with your beer!

Discover more to explore from our Hartford Pinterest board and begin planning your TapRooT® trip to Connecticut today.

Connect with TapRooT® in Hamburg

May 22nd, 2018 by

In five days with TapRooT®, you can learn how to conduct an investigation and develop effective Corrective Actions. A TapRooT® course is a career booster and can be a professional game changer for you.

From beginners to experts, TapRooT® is designed for learners at all levels. You will learn to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, near-misses, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other types of problems. Techniques include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree® & Corrective Action Helper® plus additional advanced topics such as CHAP, Human Engineering, Interviewing, Safeguard Analysis, and Proactive Improvement. Upon course completion, attendees will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, the online software service. Most importantly, you will have the advantage of professional training in your expertise and on your resume!

Attendees should bring safety incidents or quality issues from their workplace for a team exercise. These may be either written reports or, alternately, you may have knowledge of an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a different problem.

We’ll gather and kick off the 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Training at the Courtyard by Marriott Hamburg Airport on June 11. You may want to make plans to explore your host city while you’re there. See our travel tips below.

Register here for the course.

Hamburg—Germany’s second-largest city and seaport—offers you lots to explore. Walk along the harbor, see the sights, and plot your Hamburg game plan.

Hamburg highlights
Visit the port. See Hamburg and feel its maritime vibes on a boat tour. View the fish market, pass contemporary seaside architecture and the Elbe beach, touring across the port and back.

Honored as a Historic Landmark of Civil Engineering in Germany, the Old Elbe Tunnel was the first river tunnel on the European continent. Access the entry point from the harbor, walking to Steinwerder and back to St. Pauli in a few minutes.

Marvel at the Museum Ships—such as Rickmer Rickmers and Cap San Diego—Hamburg’s heralded historical ships, moored by the harbor.

If you’re a fan of model ships, U-boats and military history, visit International Maritimes Museum Hamburg, with the world’s largest private collection of maritime treasures, in historic Speicherstadt.

Appreciate the art and architecture of the oldest parish church in Hamburg, St. Peter’s Church, just a few blocks from Town Hall. Bronze lion-head door handles grace the west portal and date from 1342. A gothic mural that dates from 1460 is in the north portion of the church. The bell tower is up 544 steps and offers a grand view over Rathausmarkt, the Town Hall market, and Alster Lake.

Impressive sandstone Town Hall, also called Rathaus or City Hall, houses the senate and parliament among its 647 rooms. Note the staircase made of Sardinian marble, a commentary on the course of human life.

Check out Miniatur Wunderland, the largest model railway in the world. Close to the miniature wonderland, the canal of Nikolaifleet is one of the oldest spots in Hamburg, where you can see well-preserved Old Hamburg townhouses.

St. Pauli is a unique quarter in Hamburg, a great place to walk around and absorb the street art, get a drink, and shop.

Fun fact: Hamburg has more bridges than Venice.

Hop on a double-decker bus for a fun city tour. Take in the Landungsbrücken, the breathtaking harbor, historical Speicherstadt, modern HafenCity, famous Reeperbahn, the ‘Michel,” the Alster, Town Hall, museums, and villas.

Want more action? Take a beach walk on the Elbstrand, bike by Alster Lake, and kayak Hamburg’s canals.

Relax in the Rissen district, by the Elbe River on the Wittenberg shore. Nearby, explore the Wittenberg lighthouse.

Relish the views from the bistro and the collections in noted art museum, Hamburger Kunsthalle.

Taste Hamburg
Nosh at Barefood Deli. This bright, cozy atmosphere was introduced by a famous German actor and is family-owned. Homemade beer and wine, Sunday brunch, DJs in the evening—food and fun for everyone.

Dine with a view of Hamburg harbor at Fischereihafen, where fish dishes rule the day.

Another great fish eatery is Schabi’s Fischimbiss, where you can pick your own fish, eat inside or out, and enjoy the experience.

Insider tip: If you’re more interested in exploring than sitting down to dine, pop into a Hamburg grocery store for cheap-and-go items. Groceries often give out generous samples, so keep your eyes open!

You can see it from the Elbe bridges: Entenwerder 1. What a view from this pontoon eatery! Public Coffee Roasters is next door, so the cappuccino, espresso and coffee are amazing.

In a former pharmacy, the Brooklyn Burger Bar’s offerings are fresh and homemade.

Taste chocolate at Chocoversum. Learn about the process and create your own chocolate bar.

Enjoy Luicella’s Ice Cream in the St. Georg or St. Pauli locations.

Taste Scandinavia at Karlsons, where the Norwegian apple pancake is but one of the offerings you’ll long remember.

Klimperkiste is a bar and an eatery, so you don’t have to choose. Good for all night or a nightcap.

Discover more to explore from our Hamburg Pinterest board and begin planning your TapRooT® trip to Germany today. Download the handy, free Hamburg app here.

Learn TapRooT® in Denver

May 14th, 2018 by

Expand your skills in Denver!

In less than a week, you can learn how to conduct an investigation and develop effective Corrective Actions. A TapRooT® course is a career booster and can be a professional game changer for you.

From beginners to experts, TapRooT® is designed for learners at all levels. You will learn to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, near-misses, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other types of problems. Techniques include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree® & Corrective Action Helper® plus additional advanced topics such as CHAP, Human Engineering, Interviewing, Safeguard Analysis, and Proactive Improvement. Upon course completion, attendees will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, the online software service. Most importantly, you will have the advantage of professional training in your expertise and on your resume!

Attendees should bring safety incidents or quality issues from their workplace for a team exercise. These may be either written reports or, alternately, you may have knowledge of an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a different problem.

We’ll gather and kick off the 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Training at the Westin Denver Downtown on June 11. You may want to make plans to explore your host city while you’re there.

Register here for the course.

Soak up Denver

Denver is packed with must-do thrills: Stand exactly one mile high on the west steps of the state capitol and see 200 mountains from its dome. Set your eyes on the world’s greatest collection of Native American art at an architectural wonder, the Denver Art Museum. Check out Old West history in a trendy downtown at Golden, Colorado’s first capital, where you can sip a beer while kayakers paddle by.

The Mile High City is a paradise for outdoor adventure and pro sports. The choices are wide-ranging: walking trails, urban hikes, parks, sporting events, and more Denver adventures.

Colorado’s landscape is awe-inspiring. Take Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, little more than a hour from Denver. You can go front range climbing, take a jeep or segway tour, or tour via bike or electric bike. If you’re a photography buff, this is a natural for you.

Go brewery touring and get a closeup taste of the culture Denver’s famous for.

Denver’s historic district, or Lower Downtown, is called LoDo. Amid 28 square blocks, you can enjoy excellent restaurants, live music, and fun brewpubs. Walk, sightsee, window shop in downtown Larimer Square among a vibrant district of Victorian buildings restored to hip shops and restaurants.

The creative community of Denver shows up in galleries, studios, and cultural attractions across seven art districts.

Visit Red Rock Canyon Park & Amphitheatre for hiking, walking, and biking trails, or dine at Red Rock’s Ship Rock Grille and admire the view.

Check out Union Station, a transportation hub, historic landmark, and cool space for noshing–such as Mercantile Dining & Provision–gathering, and shopping.

At El Taco De Mexico, 714 Santa Fe Dr., it’s all about being the authentic taqueria.

Try breakfast or lunch at Maria Empanada, a great bakery and cafe offering a taste of Argentina.

At the vintage-inspired ice cream shop Little Man, people line up around the block on 16th Street for homemade flavors like peach cobbler, oatmeal cookie, salted Oreo, and creme fraiche.

Discover more to explore from our Denver Pinterest board and begin planning your TapRooT® trip to Colorado today.

Acquire TapRooT® Training in Aberdeen

May 11th, 2018 by

Meet us in Scotland for TapRooT® training!

Two days. That’s the amount of time it will take for you to learn how to conduct an investigation and develop effective Corrective Actions. A TapRooT® course is a career booster and can be a professional game changer for you.

From beginners to experts, TapRooT® Techniques are designed for everyone. You will learn to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, near-misses, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other types of problems. Techniques learned include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree®, & Corrective Action Helper®. Upon course completion, attendees will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, the online software service. Most importantly, you will have the advantage of professional training in your wheelhouse and on your resume!

Attendees should bring safety incidents or quality issues from their workplace for a team exercise. These may be either written reports or, alternately, you may have knowledge of an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a different problem.

We’ll meet and begin the 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training at the Holiday Inn Aberdeen, West, on June 6. Register here for the course and count on seeing a bit of your host city while you’re there.

Experience Aberdeen, the Granite City
Aberdeen’s rich history began as two separate towns on the North Sea. Along the Don River were Old Aberdeen and the cathedral and university; New Aberdeen, on the Dee River, was the hub for trading and the fishing village. Today, Aberdeen is Britain’s largest granite-exporting industry and the chief seaport of northern Scotland. Stop in at Aberdeen Maritime Museum on Shiprow, overlooking the busy harbor. Learn about the city’s legendary relationship with the sea through collections spanning shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing, and port history. The museum is the UK’s sole location with displays on the North Sea’s gas and oil industry. Catch more seafaring history at Fooddee (pronounced “FIT-ee” locally), an old fishing village straight from a postcard. You may see dolphins leaping up at the harbor mouth!

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire make up part of Scotland’s castle country, as in more than 300 castles. Listen to the sound of the traditional Scots language, a local Doric, while you’re drinking up the atmosphere here. Play a round of golf at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, founded in 1780, while you take in North Sea coastal views. Enjoy the rugged cliffs and sandy bays at St. Cyrus National Nature Reserve, or explore mountains, lochs, wildlife, and distilleries at Cairngorms National Park.

History and architecture
Get to know a bit of Aberdeen history beginning with St. Machar’s Cathedral, (1424) and Provost Skene’s House (c. 1545). Visit the Union Street parish church of St. Nicholas, divided into two parts: the West Church (built in 1755) is separate from the East Church (built in 1838), divided by the original 13th-century transept and 19th-century steeple. Compare two medieval bridges, the Brig o’ Balgownie (1320), which spans the Don, and the Old Bridge of Dee (1527). You’ll notice a mix of styles, from the Neoclassical-style Music Hall (1822) to Broad Street’s Marischal College (1844), the latter said to be the largest granite building in the world. Founded in 1845, King’s College, now the University of Aberdeen and home of five Nobel Laureates, is known for its famous crown spire and Renaissance style.

Fun fact: Yes, the jaw-dropping architecture is gray granite and there’s a lot of it. Look closely and you’ll see the buildings take on a silver sparkle in sunlight due to their high mica content.

Eateries and entertainment
Books & Beans, 22 Belmont St: Coffee + WiFi

Foodstory, 13-15 Thistle St: Soups, salads, scones, lasagna, great coffee, and fun folks

The Lemon Tree, 5 West North St: Cool beverages and music

The Sanddollar Cafe & Bistro, 2 Beach Esplanade: Delicious dinners, ample wine list, and jazz nights

Ross Bakery, 44 Chapel St: Pies, breads and scones, burgers and sandwiches, cakes

Moonfish, 9 Correction Wynd: Modern British cuisine, generous gin list, set amid medieval streets of Aberdeen’s merchant quarter with views of the 12th-century St. Nicholas church

Maggie’s Grill, 242 Holburn Street:  Angus steaks; locally sourced hickory-smoked pulled pork; pastrami; locally sourced cheeses, vegetables, breads, beer, and coffee; all served with the motto,“Field to fork and made with soul!”

The Silver Darling, North Pier, Pocra Quay: Dine with panoramic views of the water.  Here’s a sample of the scrumptious fare: brown crab, prawns and pan-fried sea trout with carrot & cardamom purée

Almondine, 39 – 43 Thistle Street: Macarons of every description, afternoon tea, and a French bakery

Discover more of Scotland to explore from our Aberdeen Pinterest page and begin planning your TapRooT® trip to Aberdeen today.

High road or low road, we hope to see you in Scotland!

Come learn with us in Cape Town!

May 7th, 2018 by

Broaden your horizons and enhance your career in Cape Town!

Mark your calendar and pack your bag to join us in Cape Town for a TapRooT® training course sure to change the way you think about solving problems. In just 5 days, you’ll learn TapRooT® to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, precursors, operational errors, hospital sentinel events and other types of problems. Techniques include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree® & Corrective Action Helper® plus additional advanced topics such as CHAP, Human Engineering, Interviewing, Safeguard Analysis and Proactive Improvement.

Whether you’re a TapRooT® expert or a beginner, there is always something new and exciting to learn at our 5-Day course. Once you’ve completed the course, you will receive a training certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI. Be sure to bring a safety incident or quality issue when you attend the course. The reports may be a written report, or you have extensive knowledge of an incident without a written report. We will divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a different problem.

Experience Cape Town
Start your exploration with a early morning trek up Table Mountain and take in panoramic views of the city. Ascend the mountain by hiking or via cable car. You’ll be atop one of the New Seven Wonders of the World!

Cape Town is brimming with adventure, culture, and culinary arts. The original city of South Africa, Cape Town was established in 1652 as a refueling station for ships sailing the Spice Route. As it gave birth to civilization, the city is called “the Mother City” by locals and travelers.

If peacefulness, beauty, recreation, nature, and bird-watching are high on your list, jog, hike, or picnic at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden or Green Point Park. Cycle, fish, swim or get into water sports at a beach or nature reserve such as West Coast National Park. Find more gardens and parks here.

From aboard a Ceres Rail Company steam train, glimpse the picturesque Ceres Valley landscape.

Visit St. George’s Cathedral, referred to as the “People’s Cathedral” for its role in the resistance against apartheid. The cathedral was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and is the oldest cathedral in Southern Africa and mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town.

Take a 30-minute walk through Silvermine Nature Reserve and take in the hidden waterfall in the reserve’s southeastern area. Or immerse yourself in a 90-minute city walk through some of Cape Town’s most noted historic culture: Two free walking tours,  the Historic City Tour and the Vibrant Bo-Kaap Tour, start at the City Sightseeing ticket office at 81 Long Street (stop 5, look for the bright red umbrellas).

Shop, dine at, and stroll the V&A (Victoria & Albert) Waterfront; check out the iconic Old Clock Tower while you’re there.

 

Cape Town Eateries

Venture to Long Street’s Royal Eatery for a burger you likely will not soon forget. Select among 50 gourmet burgers, or go for  pizza or vegetarian  in this casual, colorful restaurant.

Relax in the laid-back vibe of Black Sheep Restaurant and feast on honest, uncomplicated, good food made with the best local ingredients.

Relish lunchtime in a Cape Dutch National Monument situated on a lagoon in West Coast National Park. Indulge in local flavors—a blend of Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, Italian, and Malay influences—translated through savory, traditional dishes at Geelbek Restaurant.

While you’re at the V&A Waterfront, Balducci’s great vibe and generous wine list accent its great offerings—from steak to pizza and sushi to pasta.

Check out more deliciousness in Cape Town here.

Plot your sightseeing with help from our Cape Town Pinterest board.

Register for the 5-day course in Cape Town here.

TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis is Heading to Portland, OR

May 4th, 2018 by

Mark your calendars and pack your bags we are heading to Portland, OR to teach a 5-Day TapRooT® Advance Training Course on July 16, 2018. You will learn to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quatlity problems, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, precursor incidents, and much more! You will also learn how to use the Root Cause Tree®, Corrective Action Helper®, and SnapCharT®, plus additional advanced topics such as CHAP, Human Engineering, Interviewing, Safeguard Analysis and Proactive Improvement. Once attendees complete the course they will receive a training certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI.  Whether you’re a TapRooT® expert or a beginner there is always something new and exciting to learn at our 5-Day course.

Make sure to bring a safety incident or quality issue when you attend the course. The reports may be a written report or you have extensive knowledge of an incident without a written report. We will divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a different problem.

Experience Portland:

Portland, OR is situated below the constantly snow capped Mount Hood, and is know for its well maintained parks and Eco-friendliness. The cities official nickname is the “City of Roses” due to all of the rose bushes planted in the city. Here you will experience big city excitement with small town charm. Portland is a city you wont soon forget. So, take a break from you course work and enjoy all Portland has to offer.

Dining:

  • Jake’s Famous Crawfish is a historic restaurant that opened in 1892 and is must try while visiting.
  • Huber’s Cafe is another Portland restaurant that has been open for over a 100 years. Here you will find a traditional hearty menu with an old Portland charm dining experience. The restaurant is known for it delicious food, breath taking stain glassed ceiling, and its’ Spanish Coffee that is prepared table side with flare.
  • Looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth? Then Ruby Jewel is your destination. Here you will find all-natural hand crafted cream and ice cream sandwiches that are made daily.

Entertainment:

  • Pioneer Courthouse Square was once an old run down parking lot, but it has been transformed into a busy urban park. It host over 300 events a year! If you’re not sure what to do just ask one of the green-clad Sidewalk Ambassadors you will find camped out near the park.
  • The Lan Su Chinese Garden is a popular place to visit. It is a walled Chinese garden that’s as big as a full city block. Fun fact, Portland’s sister city is Suzhou, China.
  • Washington Park is full of fun activities all in one easy location! You can visit the Oregon Zoo, Portland Japanese Garden, International Rose Test Garden, and much more.

There is so much do and see I couldn’t possibly write a blog post long enough to cover it all. So check out our Pinterest page to view our Portland board full of exciting things to do and places to eat. Also, watch this informative video on Portland, OR to learn all about this unique and vibrant city.

 

Register here to advance your professional career in Portland, OR.

Can’t make it to Portland? That’s okay click on the links below to view all of our upcoming courses.
2-Day TapRooT® Essentials Training Course
5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Training Course

Gear up with TapRooT® in Gatlinburg

April 18th, 2018 by

Learn TapRooT® in the beautiful Smoky Mountains!

In less than a week, learn everything you need to know to conduct an investigation and develop effective Corrective Actions. A TapRooT® course can be a career booster or a professional game changer.

From beginners to experts, TapRooT® Techniques are designed for everyone. You will learn to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, near-misses, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other types of problems. Techniques learned include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree® & Corrective Action Helper®, plus additional advanced topics such as CHAP, Human Engineering, Interviewing, Safeguard Analysis and Proactive Improvement. Upon course completion, attendees will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, the online software service. Most importantly, you will have the advantage of professional training in your wheelhouse and on your resume!

Attendees should bring safety incidents or quality issues from their workplace for a team exercise. These may be either written reports or, alternately, you may have knowledge of an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a different problem.

For the 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training, we’ll gather at Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg on June 4. The inn offers out-the-door convenience to local highlights or for a stroll through downtown Gatlinburg.

Experience Gatlinburg
Wrapped by the hazy blue Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is beautiful by day and by night. Take a break from your coursework and soak up live music (and maybe some moonshine!) at one of these venues: Smoky Mountain Brewery, Crystelle Creek Restaurant and Grill, Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, Sugarlands Distilling Company. If you want to go farther afield, Townsend, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville have much to offer.

Catch a show at the Space Needle or Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. Soar up Crockett Mountain on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift by night for one of the best panoramic overlooks of the mountain town. Ascend to Ober Gatlinburg for indoor ice skating, a wildlife encounter, the alpine slide, and a scenic chairlift.

Hiking and biking are great ways to get next to nature in the Smokies. The sky’s the limit here: Cades Cove, Greenbriar, Mount LeConte, Ramsey Cascades, Laurel Falls, and so many more. Drive through Roaring Fork Motor Trail for a true taste of the grandeur of these ancient mountains. Insider’s tip: Roll your car windows down on this motor trail and listen to the force of the water.

Discover gems to explore on our Gatlinburg Pinterest page and plan your TapRooT® trip to Gatlinburg today.

Register here to advance your professional development in beautiful Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Take TapRooT® in Toronto

April 13th, 2018 by

Enhance your career with TapRooT® in Toronto!

The 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training course is designed for every level of learning, from new learners to expert. In less than a week, you’ll absorb the TapRooT® Essentials to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, near-misses, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other types of problems. The Techniques include: SnapCharT®, Root Cause Tree® & Corrective Action Helper® plus additional advanced topics such as CHAP, Human Engineering, Interviewing, Safeguard Analysis and Proactive Improvement.Upon course completion, attendees will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, the online software service. Best of all, you will have the advantage of professional training in your skill set and on your resume!

Attendees should bring safety incidents or quality issues from their facility for a team exercise. Bring either written reports or, alternately, you may offer an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people; each team will analyze a different problem during the course.

For the 5-Day training course, we’ll be at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites at 5875 Airport Road. Enjoy the ample amenities of the hotel. When you’re rested up, we suggest you take a break to enjoy your host city.

Experience Toronto
Take advantage of the view atop an observation deck at CN Tower; the 1,815-foot tower is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Shop, enjoy the atmosphere, and taste authentic brews in the historic Distillery District, a cobblestoned pedestrian-only neighborhood. You’ll be amid Victorian buildings, art galleries, performance spaces, cafes, restaurants, and a brewery.

From the District, walk over to historic St. Lawrence Market for scrumptious Canadian fare. If the weather is good, hop a ferry to nearby Toronto Islands, or enjoy our beaches. When the season is right, go to Air Canada Centre to yell on the Toronto Maple Leafs. And any weather is right for getting your hockey fix on at the Hockey Hall of Fame, just a block or so east of Union Station. Use our Toronto Pinterest board to help you plan your Toronto experience.

Register
Don’t forget to register here for a career-changing experience.

Meet TapRooT® in Pittsburgh

April 13th, 2018 by

Enhance your career in Pittsburgh!

TapRooT® Techniques are designed for everyone, from new learners to expert. In two days, you’ll absorb the TapRooT® Essentials to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, near-misses, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other types of problems. Upon course completion, attendees will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, the online software service. Best of all, you will have the advantage of professional training in your skill set and on your resume!

Attendees should bring safety incidents or quality issues from their facility for a team exercise. Bring either written reports or, alternately, you may offer an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people; each team will analyze a different problem during the course.

For the 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training course, we’ll congregate at the Embassy Suites Pittsburgh Downtown at 535 Smithfield Street. Enjoy the ample amenities of the hotel. When you’re rested up, take a break to enjoy your host city.

Experience Pittsburgh
Cross a piece of history as you travel above the Monongahela River via the Hot Metal Bridge, a truss bridge that’s part of America’s steel-making heritage during WWII. You can hike or bike the Great Allegheny Passage trail that crosses this bridge in the approach to Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle area. Hey, in the Steel City, with 446 bridges, you have to cross one!

If you’re a history/architecture buff, check out the Laurel Highlands mountain region where you can tour Fallingwater, the famed Frank Lloyd Wright house. Back in Pittsburgh proper, you can relish beautiful Victorian homes in the tree-lined East End, stately row houses on the North Side, and over 80 bars in the Southside. Venture to Lawrenceville for its art galleries and hipsters, and Oakland is the college town and home of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon, plus scads of museums, green spaces, and ethnic restaurants. Use our Pittsburgh Pinterest board to help you plan.

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Taste Cork & get TapRooT® Trained

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Come to Ireland to learn TapRooT® and explore Cork!

From beginners to experts, TapRooT® Techniques are designed for everyone. In the span of our two-day course, you will learn the TapRooT® Essentials to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, near-misses, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other types of problems. Upon course completion, attendees will receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, the online software service. Most importantly, you will have the advantage of professional training in your wheelhouse and on your resume!

For the Two-Day TapRooT® Techniques course, we’ll gather at the Imperial Hotel Cork on South Mall, where guests such as Sir Walter Raleigh, Thackeray, Liszt, and Dickens have stayed. Walk out the door to nearby restaurants and local highlights. Connect with us to discover more to see and do on our Cork Pinterest board.

Grab your camera and get ready to see Cork, easy to cover on foot. This city on the southwest coast of Ireland has a history steeped in religious, sporting, musical, and culinary traditions. Cork was founded in the 6th century by Saint Fin Barre and is home to Murphy’s Irish Stout, beautiful Fitzgerald Park on the River Lee, and plenty of rugby.

With its heritage dating to the 12th century, the Church of St Anne is home to the famous Four-Faced Liar and one of Cork’s most iconic landmarks, the Shandon Bells. Climb to the first floor and play the bells; the tunes are on numbered cards. Go up to the steeple’s top for an amazing panoramic view of “the rebel city,” as Cork has been known since the Wars of the Roses.

Here’s a little something to tuck into your mobile to help you in speaking like and interpreting the locals.

Course attendees should bring safety incidents or quality issues from their facility for a team exercise. These may be either written reports or, alternately, you may have knowledge of an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a different problem.

Register here to advance your professional development in Cork, Ireland.

Pick up TapRooT® in Auckland

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Take two days to become TapRooT® Trained in Auckland. Within these two days, you’ll gain experience and perspective in myriad workplace situations. You will learn to find and fix the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, near-misses, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and many other categories of problems.

At the completion of your course, you’ll receive a certificate and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI, the online software service. The true benefit is that you will have added the advantage of professional training to your expertise and on your resume!

While you’re in Auckland, you may want to take a day or two and explore the area. Cornwall Park is a haven in Auckland’s center, featuring gardens, panoramic views, grazing sheep and cattle, free seasonal events, and recreational paths. See views atop Sky Tower, the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Tiritiri Matangi Island, in the sparkling blue waters of the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand, 19 miles northeast of Auckland, is rich in Māori and European history and a stunning wildlife sanctuary for New Zealand’s native birds. Ferry to Waiheke Island, with pristine forests and vineyards, for a wine or culinary experience. When you’re making plans or while you are there, be sure to use our Auckland Pinterest board to discover adventures, dining suggestions, and city sights.

In the course, we’ll participate in an exercise, using safety incidents or quality issues from your work environment. Be sure to bring one or more for us to dive into. These may be written reports, or you may share knowledge of an incident without a written report. We’ll divide into teams of 2-4 people, with each team analyzing a unique problem. You’ll be amazed at how much you learn in two days that you can immediately apply!

Advance your professional development through TapRooT® Training: Register for a two-day, game-changing experience in Auckland.

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