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Leading People Safely: How to Win on the Business Battlefield Hardcover – October 25, 2016

4.9 out of 5 stars 21 ratings

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"If your team doesn't already know the difference between priorities and values in safety, then this book is a must read. Jim Schultz and Brian Fielkow connect the 'journey to safety excellence' to both organizational achievement and financial performance, with compelling insight. The authors highlight, for example, how a safety culture is truly a just culture, where frontline operators in transport and industry ideally function in 'an atmosphere of trust in which people are encouraged or even rewarded for speaking up about mistakes or problems, but in which they are also clear about where the line must be drawn between acceptable and unacceptable behaviors." As Jim and Brian put it, "Safety is the cornerstone value in quality organizations." With succinct anecdotes and strategies based on decades of public and private sector operational and management experience, this pivotal work outlines how safety aligns with enterprise success. Jim and Brian make clear that 'if you can't lead people safely, you can't lead people,'--and this seminal but accessible and highly readable perspective belongs on the bookshelf of every leader.
―Donald M. Itzkoff
Executive Counsel, Government Affairs & Policy, GE Transportation, General Electric Company
Former Deputy Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, US Department of Transportation
Former Senior Majority Counsel, US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

 "I have been teaching and conducting research on safety culture for the last thirty years. However, this is the first time I came across such a lucidly written 'manual' on how to initiate, implement, operationalize, nurture, and sustain safety culture in an organization. This book ought to be assigned as a must read for leaders of safety-sensitive industries, most notably for its seminal conclusion, 'Who Packs Your Parachute?'"
―Dr. Najmedin Meshkati, PhD
Professor of Civil/Environmental Engineering; Industrial & Systems Engineering; and International Relations at the University of Southern California
Senior Science and Engineering Advisor, Office of Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State, (2009-2010)

"When it comes to the essence of safety leadership, James Schultz and Brian Fielkow have nailed it with this book. As a NASA astronaut, I lived through the terrible days of the Challenger disaster and know what it's like to bury friends and colleagues and console their survivors . . . and to witness the destruction of a truly great team. And therein lies a critical message. If it can happen to a team that put six missions on the moon and returned the astronaut crews safely to Earth, it can happen to any team in any industry. Knowing this vulnerability to every organization, the authors have crafted this brilliant blueprint that leaders can employ to build a safety program that isn't just a value statement on a web page, but something alive and enduring within each team member. No leader, particularly those whose teams operate in hazardous environments, should be without this book."
―R. "Mike" Mullane
Astronaut, retired, STS-41D, STS-27, and STS-36, NASA

"Jim Schultz and Brian Fielkow are the leading professional practitioners in how to create a culture of positive safety in organizations today. The authors are not only knowledgeable of the fundamentals, but they also have years of experience successfully implementing these practices and philosophies in organizations of varied sizes and missions. As a career safety practitioner, I can attest to the value of this publication. It provides an effective road map on how to achieve world-class safety performance, zero safety failures, and transformation of your organization's morale, financial results, and customer satisfaction. This is a must read for anyone who is interested in benchmarking, assessing, and improving their organization's overall safety culture."
―John E. Fenton
President and CEO, Patriot Rail Company LLC

"Trust and respect are necessary to truly inspire and engage a workforce to share their best ideas. I've found that people are compelled to share their best when they feel safe, both figuratively and literally. In "Leading People Safely: How to Win on the Business Battlefield," Jim and Brian brilliantly point out how building a safety culture can help world-class organizations of all sizes perform to their fullest potential."
―Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat

"Leading People Safely is simply a great deal of sound advice born of experience, delivered in an incredibly easy-to-follow, succinct manner. Best of all, it delivers exactly what it advertises: a way to maximize performance, impress co-workers and superiors, and all-around improve your efficacy as a business leader by embracing safety culture. It is frankly so all-encapsulating it earns the right to be considered "definitive" on the topic. An excellent guide." - Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★½

From the Author

As former colleagues in a safety-sensitive business and as safety practitioners, we have seen it all--from massive safety failures to inspiring safety results. We decided to write this book to share our own experiences and help business leaders understand that safety is not a cost; it is an investment. In fact, it is the lowest-cost, highest-return investment a business can make. By investing in your safety culture, you are investing in your employees, and an engaged employee base is the best way to provide an unparalleled customer experience.

Having the opportunity to collaborate on this book was one we both immediately wanted to take on. So often we see safety pushed to the backburner, which ultimately can have great costs--from minor accidents to the loss of a life. Inspired by our own experiences, we decided to share what we've seen works--and what doesn't work--in an effort to inspire, motivate and give others the tools they need to create a world-class safety culture.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
  • Hardcover : 214 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1635051363
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1635051360
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 8.75 inches
  • Publisher : North Loop Books (October 25, 2016)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.9 out of 5 stars 21 ratings
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