Presentation Title: Leading Teams at the Sharp End: Creating Safety through Teamwork in High-Risk Environments
Date: October 15, 2014 11:00 am-12:30 pm Central Time
Session Description: Leadership training and education often focuses on strategic leadership areas, such as major transformational change, or helping senior level managers or executives become more visionary. This type of focus is noteworthy, as it is needed to help propel organizations forward in the quest for product and process improvement. However, where the real work is done, at the “sharp end” where employees are exposed to safety hazards, there does not seem to be much emphasis on educating leaders or teaching teams how to perform more effectively in hazardous environments. This session will explain to safety professionals methods for coaching the operational teams they work with on a regular basis to help them become more adept at safe operational performance. By focusing leadership and teamwork training on those doing the work, there are opportunities to improve the way these teams are led and managed, the way they mitigate risk, and their ability to innovate and adapt during dynamic hazardous operations. If safety professionals who work with teams in high-risk environments understand these concepts it may help them to coach teams into higher safety performance.
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