True North – Safety Leadership By Example

Safety leadership by Anil Mathur, CEO for Alaskan Tanker Company, was demonstrated when he took decisive action when a serious injury occurred. Now, safety is taken seriously throughout this shipping organization.

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Don’t Let Safety Get In The Way!

Safety professionals can imporve their effectiveness by taking the time to learn and understand the business goals and strategies. Being seen as an asset rather than hinderance to achieving these goals will position safety for success.

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The “Blame Game” Stops Learning

It’s human nature to be defensive when something bad occurs. But when it comes to safeyt, quit trying to find fault and place blame. Admit the problem, find causes and cures, and involve everyone in the solution with sound education and empowerment.

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It’s Too Easy To Be Destructive

Removing negativity and anger from our discussions allows for constructive solutions to evolve. Passion and emotion are good to have, so let’s use them to move our lives forward.

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The Value of Story-Telling

Creating an environment where employees feel they can and should share information about near-miss or close call situations will lead to real safety improvements. Sharing stories help the organization learn from mistakes, not hide from them. This honest and open environment will also help create the team mentality that will lead to greater succes for all.

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Leadership: Admit The Battles YOU Face

Safety is in large part a personal choice. Yes, those choices are influenced by others in many ways. But we do have to face the decisions we make. When leaders challenge themselves and start to realize how hard it is to be safe themselves at times, how they lead their organization will change significantly.

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