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
Dr. Katherine Hart, CSP is a change agent who can envision the future, build relationships, and engage others. Principal of ClearVision Consulting, Inc., a global company specializing in improving individual, team, leadership and organizational performance, she shares her skills and insights with corporate clients worldwide. Earlier, while working internally as a safety and health consultant, she brought about positive change for companies such as Wells Fargo Bank, Armstrong World Industries, Zurich Insurance, and PG&E Company. While several former employers have become her clients, she has also consulted for Genentech, Roche, ARINC, GWF Power, and Contra Costa County, to name a few.
Her speaking engagements and workshops include topics on leadership development, coaching, facilitating decision making, organizational change, and strategic influencing. She has served as an adjunct professor at National Hispanic University, teaching project management and team-development skills. Dr. Hart’s Ed.D. is in organization and leadership, and her research conversations on the topic of organizational change were conducted in the United States and Laos. Recognized by numerous organizations for her leadership and dedication, she is currently a member of the Organization Development Network (ODN), Project Management Institute (PMI), Fabulous Facilitators, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC). She has served in the past as Board Member for the Bay Area Organization Development Network (BAodn), Admission’s Chair for ASSE, and Chair for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Crime Prevention and Safety Committee. Dr. Hart was recently recognized by WISE as one of the top 100 women in safety.
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
Patricia M. Ennis, CSP, ARM, has 22 years' experience in safety management and consulting including employment in the construction and insurance industries, and director of workplace safety for Denver Zoological Foundation. She is currently a senior risk control consultant for Willis, North America Inc. in Denver, CO.
Ms. Ennis was named the Colorado Chapter Safety Professional of the Year in 2003 and she received a Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award in 2008. She is an author of a chapter in the Construction Safety Management and Engineering (Hill, 2004).
She holds a B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and she is pursuing an M.S. in Organizational Leadership at Regis University in Denver.
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.
SAFEmap International, Vancouver, Canada
Corrie Pitzer completed the degrees, Bachelors and Honours in Industrial Psychology, Honours (Business and Administration) and Masters in Business Management (Risk Management) and a Professional Diploma in Education. His most valued qualifications however are in skydiving and deep underground mining.
He worked in the resources industry for the last 30 years, ten years as a senior executive for a large mining corporation (Billiton) where he spent several years researching, developing and implementing new concepts on human risk-taking behaviour, as the Group Risk Manager.
He then founded SAFEmap International in 1994 and became one of the leading consultants in Australia and internationally in the field of “cognitive” safety and safety leadership development. Corrie consulted to most of the major resource companies Canada, USA, Australia, South America and South Africa and clients include Goldcorp, Kinross Gold, Freeport, Peabody Energy, Rio Tinto, and many more. Corrie’s clients also include large power utilities such as Edison Southern California and Intergen and international companies such as Umicore and AMG.
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
Patrick Carley, DHA, MS, PT is a Professor in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. Dr. Carley earned his BS degree in physical therapy in 1978, MS degree in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation in 1985, and doctoral degree in healthcare administration. His dissertation entitled “Generational perceptions of leadership behaviors: Impact on job satisfaction among healthcare professionals“was published in book form in 2009. He has been actively involved in private practice physical therapy starting three separate practices over the past 34 years in the Boston and Springfield areas. He is currently applying his skills at the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department in the medical facilities in Ludlow, Chicopee, and Springfield. Dr. Carley taught part-time at Northeastern University and Springfield College before starting his full-time academic career at AIC in 1996. His research interests include ergonomic modifications with an emphasis on improving workplace performance and safety. He has worked on projects with large corporations such as LEGO, Merrill Lynch Financial, Hasbro Games, Quaboag Shoes, Lenox Saw, MegaComfort Insoles, ATP Manufacturing, US Postal Service, and the Boeing Company.
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.
Aon Risk Service, Chicago, IL
Stephen Bennett is a Team Leader for Casualty Risk Control and establishes and implements multi-disciplinary consulting strategies to ensure quality and timely delivery of integrated risk control solutions for a global client base. Because of his broad industry knowledge, he is able to leverage expertise across industries and apply his unique business knowledge to provide cost effective client focused solutions to public and private organizations.
With over 25 years experience in safety and health management his expertise spreads across a large segment of multidisciplinary fields including loss prevention, regulatory management, industrial hygiene, workers’ compensation, and return-to-work.
Areas of Strength include:
- Workers’ Compensation Diagnostics
- Implementation of management systems focused on organizational, behavioral and cultural improvements
- Integration of pre and post loss risk management strategies focused on Disability Management, Medical Care Management, and Return-to-Work
- Facilitation of Operational and Senior leadership
Chet Brandon, CSP, CHMM
Director EHS&WC North America
Owens-Illinois, Inc., Perrysburg, OH
Chet Brandon is a highly experienced EHS executive with extensive practice in the metals, automotive, aerospace and glass manufacturing industries. Chet is in a top leadership role with a Fortune 500 Multi-National business. He has led industrial organizations to EHS excellence on a global scale with experience that includes work in: Mexico, Canada, Europe, Malaysia, Austriala and the United States. He has been a member of the ASSE since 1992 and is currently a Professional Member.
He is currently, Director, Environmental, Health and Safety - North America O-I (Owens-Illinois, Inc.) . mr. Brandon has full responsibility for leading the EHS and Worker's Compensation functions in the North American Region. The scope of this position includes 25 manufacturing, R&D, Flight Operations and administrative sites employing about 5,500 personnel. He leds a staff of 12 professionals covering the EHS and Work Comp functions.
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.
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
Over the past 30 years Barry Beder has designed and presented award winning stress management, wellness and safety programs for more than 200 corporations. Mr. Beder was the first behavioral consultant to design and conduct stress management programs for the Air Traffic Controllers at O’Hare International Airport. In addition, he designed productivity and behavioral support programs for organizations such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Weyerhaeuser, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, and UAW-Ford Motor Company. For three seasons he served as the sport psychology consultant for the Boston Red Sox and Harvard University Men's Hockey Team.
Recently he has been focused on safety training programs to increase situational awareness and reduce human error in industries such as utilities, gas and oil, manufacturing and environmental areas. He has published papers in professional journals and has been featured in TIME Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and NBC Nightly News. He has appeared on hundreds of TV and radio talk shows.