Are You Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?
Keep Your Job – Be Part of the Solution
It’s rare that senior managers get fired after a major accident. Usually, if they are thought to be “part of the problem” they get transferred to another job with little responsibility and they aren’t heard from again.
But, if they are seen as part to the solution, they can keep their job and even get in line for their next promotion.
How does this work? Read on to see.
The Major Accident
You know it is a major accident if :
- The corporate board knows about it.
- It is front page news in the local paper or the nightly news.
- It affects the stock price.
- The NTSB, CSB, NRC, OSHA, or the EPA send a team of investigators.
- The Wall Street Journal covers the accident.
If any of the above happen, then managers might start worrying about BLAME.
It’s not only the managers that need to worry about blame but everyone in the chain of command from the operator/mechanic to the plant manager (and perhaps even those above the Plant Manager).
Worrying about blame is especially true if you don’t have any ideas about how to prevent the accident from happening again.
Part of the Solution
However, if you have trained your investigators and you lead the effort to understand what happened and find and fix the root causes of the accident, you become part of the solution.
You become a valuable part of the management team because you know the answers that can help the company avoid future problems.
That’s why you want you and your investigators to be thoroughly trained in using the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis System. TapRooT® RCA can help you discover the real, fixable root causes of the problem and clearly communicate the solutions without placing blame.
Even Better – Prevent the Accident By Being Proactive
An even better way to stay out of the blame crosshairs is to prevent the accident from occurring. You might think that is Mission Impossible, but you don’t have to be Tom Cruise to achieve success.
If you want to find out how to proactively prevent human errors (the #1 cause of big accidents), then you should attend the 2-Day Stopping Human Error Course.
When is the next Stopping Human Error Course? There is a Virtual Stopping Human Error Course on October 26-27.
Find out more about the course at:
Or watch Mark and Alex Paradies discuss the book, Stopping Human Error, and the course.