Safety Moment - We Fail Safely

30Sep

Here is a quick thought on how we don't control accidents (because they are accidents) but we do manage conditions that lead to consequences.  All of this happens because of a giant shift in thinking about failure.  We must learn to fail forward...fail safely.

Think fall protection!  We don't manage the fall, we do manage the way the person lands.  That is the entire notion of this pod cast episode.  We fail safely.   We fail safely.  We fail safely.  If we don't fail safely, we fail safety.
Thanks and tell your friends.  You make the pod cast go.
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PAPod 9 - (Repeat by Request) Let’s talk about COMPLEXITY and organizations with Jim Barker

28Sep

This is a repeat - command performance - of Jim's earlier pod cast on complexity and organizations.  So many people have asked to listen to this one again.  I decided to repeat the post. Enjoy!  Safety, Human Performance and High Reliability have never sounded better as a response to complex organizations.


Jim Barker has some great ideas about complexity and organizations.  Dr. Barker is on the leadership faculty at Dalhousie University and spends his time thinking about how organizations function in complex operational environments.  This conversation will both change your thinking and prepare you with ways to move further in understanding and managing workers in complex operations.  This conversation is the beginning of what I hope is many more conversations about "the motion of complexity."  Listen carefully to Jim's comments about workers knowing what to do now - and how the now is not the past or the future.  This is a great podcast.
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PAPod 37 - Dr. Jim Joy - Critical Controls

26Sep

Jim has worked for nearly 30 years in the Australian and Global minerals industry.  He was involved in early developments of mining risk management and from 1998 he was Professor and Director of the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Center at the University of Queensland.  Since September 2013, Jim has been self-employed, working for several clients including the International Council on Mining and Metals in the development of the new guide on Critical Control Management.

I saw Jim present after me in Australia and knew I had to get this presentation for our pod cast.  I really am interested in the way Jim (and the industry) has taken a strong look at the connectivity between Critical Tasks and Critical Controls.
Special thanks to the CME 2015 Safety & Health Conference for this little tidbit.  Enjoy and learn mucho!  Thanks for being a part of the New View of Safety, High Reliability, and Risk.  You make this pod cast a success.  
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Safety Moment - Antifragile - a great idea for your organization.

23Sep

This quick safety moment is a small introduction to Nassim Taleb's book, "Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder."  I won't review the book, or even try to discuss the book, but I will introduce a word to talk about failure in a different way.  Our systems should get stronger when these systems fail.  That is an important idea, one that demands discussion and thought.

Here is a reference on the book:  Antifragile is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and The Bed of Procrustes.

Thanks for being a part of our podcast.  Without you this would be mighty lonely.
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PAPod 36 - Martha Acosta Returns - The 4 Things Leaders Control

19Sep

Welcome back Martha Acosta - by popular demand.  So many of us have asked to hear more from Martha and I was pleased to ask her to come back and talk to us some more.  She has much to say...and all of it seems to be extremely helpful to those of us who are on the "edge of the New View" for workplace safety and higher reliability.

Martha discusses the difference between fear and anxiety - but she has this conversation around the idea that leaders try to control things they really cannot control - and don't control the things that they really must control.  It is a great podcast episode.
Thanks for the listen and for  being a part of this community.  Safety Culture is a scary term, because we often use it as a rather fancy way to blame people and not look at processes.  Pay close attention to what Martha has to say...I promise you will learn a lot of new things.
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Safety Moment - Experts, Safety, and Margins

16Sep

Expert performers always transgress close to the margins of reliability.  

That is why they are experts!  This safety moment is a discussion of how important our expert performers are to our organization's successes.  Safety, Reliability, and Human Performance are important for all workers, but Safety is vital to experts.
Listen to this episode with deep thinking.  This is just the first of this topic.
Thanks for listening.   Thanks for subscribing.   I enjoy spending time with you every week.
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PAPod 35 - Patient Safety, Surgery, and young Dr. Young

12Sep

In my never ending quest to represent Medical Safety and the New View I have "bagged" a great interview just for you guys.   

Medial Safety, Patient Safety, High Reliability, and the people who actually do the work make up a huge area of interest and improvement for all of us.  We all know that many, many cases of medical error happen on a daily basis, yet our access in to the world is very complicated.
Today that changed.   Today we get to hear a surgeon speak frankly about what keeps his patients safe and reliable.  Dr. Eric Young speaks openly and frankly about what he does to ensure reliable performance in a variable environment.   You are going to be surprised at the error-reduction tools they use.  Happily surprised by the use of the very same tools we use.
Listen to this episode a couple of times.  It is a great episode.  Thanks for listening.  Keep doing it!!!
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Safety Moment - Cascading to Non-Recovery

9Sep

Hello People of the New View.

Safety podcasts can get a bit boring.  I just recently listened to a couple other podcasts and felt that I did not hear anything new...and then I read the newspaper while waiting at the airport...and the article I read talked about the idea of "Cascading to Non-Recovery."
I was hooked.  All average discussions about safety went away from my mind and I was enthralled by the idea of cascading to non-recovery.   The idea is a bit linear, but none-the-less a very interesting way to think about how an event happens.   
This safety moment is a discussion about how all events move from recovery to non-recovery.  This is important to students of the new view because it uses system stability to discuss system failure.
See what you think?   I think you will like this phrase.  Thanks for listening.
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PAPod 11 - (repeat by request) Gotta Fix Everything? Not according to Tony Muschara…Critical Steps

8Sep

If you missed this episode earlier this year, you are in luck.  Here is the world famous Tony Muschara episode for a repeat.   It is a great episode, and I have had the most interest is making this available for podcast listeners to re-enjoy.  So, here it is - just for you!

Tony talks about his idea of the New View, critical steps, and Human Performance.  If you have not heard this interview yet, I know you will love this episode.  If you have heard it, listen again and see what you can pull out of this episode the second time around.
Safety, High Reliability, and Human Performance for the New View is interesting, important, and stimulating.  Enjoy this community of thought we have created together.
Thanks for listening.   
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PAPod 34 - Live From Australia

5Sep

Live from The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia 2015 conference, Perth, Australia.  This is a direct soundboard feed of the opening keynote speech to this years conference.

This is a great chance to hear Todd Conklin talk to a whole group of professionals about the New View and Safety for a much more complex world.  
I hope you enjoy this episode.  I have been asked many times to put a class up on the podcast - that would be long and boring - but a thirty-minute keynote seemed like the next best thing.
Enjoy and imagine you are in the audience.  
Thanks for listening and keep your ears wide-open.  Much exciting discussions are coming up.
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