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Posts from Kevin Burns

The Real Safety Influence

Posted by Kevin Burns on Sep 23, 2020 11:15:00 AM

As a safety person or senior manager, what keeps you up at night? Are you concerned that your current communication efforts aren't getting you the results you want? Are you worried that you should be training your people more, spending more time with them, guiding them, coaching them, motivating them, communicating with them, encouraging them? Are you worried that someone is going to make that one decision that does not end well? 

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Want to fix safety? Stop focusing on safety.

Posted by Kevin Burns on Sep 16, 2020 11:15:00 AM

The Safety Double-Down

When safety performance suffers, or complacency starts to sneak in, the typical response is to double-down on more safety. Increased attention on rules, procedures, meetings, reminders, inspections, audits. Maybe you see more generic safety posters, hear more safety shares, and sit through a video message from senior management.

It becomes pretty apparent that there is a push on for increased safety awareness.

And maybe it works … for a while. Then, life hits you: project deadlines, customer demands, production delays, weather issues, staffing problems. What is considered important (safety) gets nudged out of prime mindspace in favor of the urgent issues. And before long, you are back to dealing with the same safety performance issues you had before.

Traditional thinking has you convinced that you must double-down on safety. Except you don’t need more safety.

Instead, you need more people to buy-in to safety.

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Supervisors Are Key to Improving Safety

Posted by Kevin Burns on May 21, 2020 11:15:00 AM

Front-line supervisors who find themselves thrust into the position without a lot of tools to get started can benefit greatly from Kevin's new online course, a year in the making, Safety Communications & Coaching for Supervisors.

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Processes Don't Deliver Safety, People Do!

Posted by Kevin Burns on Mar 18, 2020 11:15:00 AM

If you have been trying to help your team buy-in to safety but are having trouble getting the result you’d like, you may be focused on the wrong thing. In this week’s post, a three-step plan to improve the level of buy-in to the safety program.

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3 Tips for Motivating in Safety

Posted by Kevin Burns on Mar 11, 2020 11:00:00 AM

One of the questions I’m asked most often is “How do we motivate employees to be enthusiastic about safety?”

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Create A Positive, Motivated Team in Safety

Posted by Kevin Burns on Mar 4, 2020 11:00:00 AM

How many of your safety meetings are focused on benefits of safety instead of being focused on rules? Let’s look at some of the benefits of safety.

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Use This Rule to Get Buy-in to Safety

Posted by Kevin Burns on Feb 26, 2020 11:15:00 AM

If you want to get better buy-in to safety, you’re going to need to learn this one thing to make the job so much easier.

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Are You The Safety Leader Your Team Needs?

Posted by Kevin Burns on Feb 19, 2020 11:15:00 AM

What would it take for your team to perform better in all things including safety? And are you the person who can get them there?

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Do You Know Your Real Safety Role?

Posted by Kevin Burns on Feb 12, 2020 11:15:00 AM

What really is your role as a supervisor, a manager or even a front-line safety person? Knowing that role and accepting it can dramatically increase your effectiveness, help to overcome complacency and build teams who care about each other.

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What Old Teachers Can Teach Us About Safety Leadership

Posted by Kevin Burns on Feb 5, 2020 11:15:00 AM

How did you get to where you are? And who were the people who you depended on to help? The answers to those questions can help you become a better safety leader.

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