Concurrent Sessions

Round 1: Critical Leadership Skills

1. The Leadership Key for Improvement

As Ken Blanchard shared in Heart of a Leader, “feedback is the most cost-effective strategy for improving performance and instilling satisfaction” that leaders can use. However, the challenge is that feedback has many facets to it, and all feedback is not created equal. Learn the science and art of feedback using the lenses of the organization, the group and the individual. You will take away a feedback tool for delivering and receiving feedback.

Dr. Katherine Hart, Ed.D., CSP
Founder and CEO
ClearVision Consulting, Inc, Alameda, CA

2. Strategic Thinking – Raise the Bar High

The word ‘strategic’ is an organizational and business buzz-word for the 21st Century. Organizations and business leaders are engaged in strategic planning, developing strategic initiatives, and identifying strategic objectives. With all of this ‘strategy’ taking place, how does it apply to how we think and act as a leader? In this session, you will learn to bring greater consciousness to your strategic thinking which sets the stage for being a more proactive and successful leader in your organization.

Trish Ennis, CSP, ARM
Senior Risk Control Consultant
Willis Group, Denver, CO

3. Safety and Leadership: Oil and Water?

Safety and leadership are by definition incompatible and two opposing forces in the business.

Leaders, essentially, take risks, lead from the front, expand and grow an organization and they push boundaries, demanding from their followers to go into uncharted territories. The safety profession goes the other way, demanding from its followers: don't take risks; stay within the boundaries of the provided systems or procedures; and comply. In this session, you will learn the key practices of leadership and those actions that are most effective for safety.

Corrie Pitzer
SAFEmap International, Vancouver, Canada

Round II: Leadership Approaches

4. Leadership Strategies That Work Best, Generation by Generation

Certain leadership behaviors are positively associated in the contemporary workplace with one generation that may have the opposite impact on another. The majority of your workforce fall into one of three generations, Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y and represent divided reactions and unique preferences for leadership behaviors. In this session, you will identify leadership behaviors receptive to each generation and adapt your leadership skills to maximize safety initiatives in a generationally diverse environment.

Patrick Carley, DHA, MS, PT
American International College, Springfield, MA

5. Building Sustainable Leadership

Effective leadership requires taking planned actions to achieve and sustain a healthy organization that accomplishes the mission of the company. A strong leadership effort serves the organization best if it establishes a foundation of stability that can be maintained over time. In this session, you will learn methods to sustain effective leadership that will assure your organization of a secure future for safety and health programs.

Stephen Bennett
Aon Risk Service, Chicago, IL

Chet Brandon, CSP, CHMM
Director EHS&WC North America
Owens-Illinois, Inc., Perrysburg, OH

6. Transformational Safety Leadership

The concept of transformational leadership was initially introduced by leadership expert and presidential biographer James MacGregor Burns. According to Burns, transformational leadership can be seen when “leaders and followers make each other advance to a higher level of morale and motivation." Through the strength of their vision, transformational leaders are able to inspire followers to change expectations, perceptions and motivations to work towards common goals. In this session, you will explore this concept one step further and learn to apply this powerful leadership approach to achieve successful safety management.

Corrie Pitzer
SAFEmap International, Vancouver, Canada

7. Meta Decisions in Corporate Safety

Decision-making is an essential skill for success in any leadership role. A Meta Decision is an umbrella-type decision that impacts all of the smaller decisions that come thereafter. It is made with the intention of impacting or replacing a number of future decisions. In Corporate Safety, Meta Decisions apply to both the theory and practice of motivating individuals and organizations to reduce human error, change behavior and make powerful decisions about embracing key safety initiatives. Join this session to learn about and practice the Meta Decision model.

Barry Beder, MSW, LICSW
Executive Vice President
AllOne Health Resources, Woburn, MA