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7 Questions to Help You Create Great Safety Objectives

Preventing problems is much more efficient and effective than addressing them after they occur. However, as Dan Heath points out in his book “Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Occur,” there are barriers to “upstream” thinking that must be overcome. This starts with organizations asking themselves seven key questions.

Posted on November 30, 2021
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Humble Inquiry: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

An excellent organization is one that can nimbly execute its strategy while continually learning from itself. Its structure is designed to provide management with constant feedback and performance from normal work. Its safety leadership spends considerable resources to carefully listen to the ”weak signals” from frontline employees, work teams and key stakeholders alike to help build the capacity and risk tolerance necessary for employees to fail fast, fail softly, learn how to learn quicker and perform brilliantly.

Posted on July 2, 2021
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SMS Policy Review: Is Your Safety Culture Adaptable, Flexible and Resilient?

As the early months of 2021 unfold, this is a gentle reminder that it is time to dust off the SMS manual and perform your company’s annual policy SMS review. While our current work days continue to go sideways with pandemic-based tasks, this might be a perfect opportunity to get some quality Zoom time with your accountable executive (AE).

Posted on April 1, 2021
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Making your Risk Assessment Tool a STAR

Mention the acronym GUMPS to just about any fixed wing pilot and watch their eyes move upward and to the right. Their neurolinguistics are probably showing you they are visually remembering: gas, undercarriage, mixture, props and safety. It is a tried-and-true mental checklist and litany that has served, and saved, many a pilot

Posted on October 1, 2020
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A Safety Manager’s Mantra: Share Selflessly and Steal Shamelessly

I have been fortunate to have advanced my safety management career while working for one of the nation’s commercial airlines during their pre-911 era. While carriers competed for market share…

Posted on June 1, 2020
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The What, Who and How of Australia’s Transportation Security Program for Aviation Operations

Planning on flying your corporate aircraft to Australia? The country has made changes to its Transportation Security Program. Get the details.

Posted on December 6, 2019
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Building Safety Management Capacity in Aviation Organizations

Over the last decade, aviation organizations have been preoccupied with implementing safety management systems (SMS), aviation safety action programs (ASAP), flight data monitoring programs (FDM), and other safety initiatives. Many…

Posted on May 30, 2019
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The Difference Between Safety Risk Profiles and Safety Performance Indicators

A question was recently posted as to the differences between a Safety Risk Profile (SRP) and Safety Performance Indicators (SPIs). The Safety Risk Profile is an evaluation of the perceived…

Posted on February 5, 2019
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Change Management: What is it? When Should I Use it?

We are asked quite often for a detailed explanation of how to “manage change” and why we must do so in an aviation organization. The simplest answer is that changes…

Posted on July 12, 2018