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  1. Many times in the course of working with clients, they hit a point of realization about using a scientific approach to behavior on the job, and it sometimes sounds like this: “You mean I have to do THIS for EVERY behavior?”  The short answer is yes and no. Let me explain...

  2. And neither is most so-called behavioral economics Despite being the first American to win the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, Paul Samuelson famously stated, “Economics has never been a science—and it is even less now than a few years ago.” It is my opinion that this statement still holds true today. Economics has been called the dismal science. Once you get to understand it, you may not find it so dismal, but you don’t find it much of a science either...

  3. In Gallup’s most recent State of American Workplace Report, they indicate that only one-third of the American workforce is actively engaged in the organization that employs them.  An even more alarming result of the study found that 51% of employees are actively looking for a new job.  This means that in the average company, a significant proportion of the workforce is not only underperforming, but they are looking to..

  4. “My New Year’s resolution is to quit procrastinating . . . I’ll start tomorrow.” Unfortunately, that’s the dead-end road that a majority of our resolutions take. Most of us are familiar with Albert Einstein’s quote “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results,” but when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, why is it that we do the same thing over and over (make resolutions) hoping that things will be different, yet they never are?..

  5. While preparing for a talk to a safety audience, I ran across several videos by Paul O’Neil, former President of Alcoa, about why safety was his number one priority in managing the company.  He summarized his management goals in three questions.  Actually there are four. ..

  6. We have just signed a new lease for our offices and as such, I am moving spaces.  As I started going through my “stuff” I ran across many articles that I previously put aside that I thought needed further comment or rebuttal.  While re-reading some of the articles that I put aside, I decided that now is a good time to blog about them. ..

  7. The science of behavior has much to teach us about how to improve performance and create a more engaged culture.  One of the key teachings from the science is that precise application of positive reinforcement is required to achieve exemplary performance, or what we call discretionary effort.  In most organizations, there is not enough positive reinforcement to ensure that behaviors occur at the right frequency, with high fidelity, and without hesitation.  While increasing the amount of positive reinforcement for critical behaviors sounds relatively simple, actually making it happen ..

  8. Elon Musk may not be a safety professional, but he has hit on some critical elements of safety culture and safety leadership that many leaders (and some safety professionals) don’t understand.  An article by Fred Lambert on the web-based news site Electrek describes Musk’s reaction to injury rates at Tesla’s Fremont factory...

  9. My teenage kids are constantly taking selfies. Despite my general distaste for the practice, there are some positive side effects. It occurs to me that my kids have more accurate self-images than I did at their age. They know what they look like, from every angle, because they are constantly looking at pictures of themselves (selfies and pictures taken by their friends). It’s a form of constant self-assessment. This realization got me thinking about safety culture self-assessments. Are safety selfies helpful?..

  10. I have often said, “The best job you will ever have is one where you know at the end of every day how well you have done.”  The students at Morningside Academy can wholeheartedly agree that this statement holds true, but, most people reading this blog probably cannot...

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