On many occasions one prevailing feedback from seafarer respondents in our Safety Delta surveys is that leaders are not always good at giving clear instructions. Why can the face-to-face instruction sometimes be so difficult, even if the leaders make an effort? Perhaps the leaders overlook the cultural variations in our way of communicating. One may be an excellent communicator when dealing with people from the same or a homogeneous culture, but what works in one culture may not be effective in others. This article provides a practical approach to this challenge.Read more >
In this article we introduce Safety-efficacy. Safety-efficacy is defined as an employee’s confidence that he or she has the skill to work safely in the context of a specific workplace environment. It has a positive impact on the safety performance, particularly if the company’s safety standard is high and if the employees safety skills are constantly developed. Read more in this article about how these factors go hand in hand.Read more >
Teamwork is fundamental in our work life. When it comes to safety it is important that your team members back each other up all the time and will intervene if you are about to do an unsafe act. But what if you are the only rating on watch in the engine? Who should back you up? and how do we apply best practice in the organisation to meet this challenge?Read more >
A constantly returning request from the participants enrolled in the Green-Jakobsen safety leadership courses is advice on how to cultivate/change crew safety behaviour and awareness. This article argues that leaders who are consciously capable of creating/showing unexpected, different, grotesque or even wrong actions can stimulate change. It also argues that the strongest change is achieved when humans are fully aware of their own actions, beliefs and perception.
Based on these beliefs and to help leaders develop these skills five simple behaviour change strategies will be presented.
For a long time it has been discussed how human behaviour – or rather human error – impacts the frequency, nature and level of incidents and accidents on board. But isn’t human behaviour also the reason for a very high level of operations where people are NOT getting hurt? Yes, humans are the strongest asset for being safe because they are able to adapt to changing conditions.Read more >
The million-dollar question to all the work Green-Jakobsen is involved in to improve the safety culture of shipping companies is: does it work? Do the many initiatives actually result in an improved safety culture of a company? Green-Jakobsen has worked closely with Seatrans Shipmanagement to improve the company’s safety culture. This article is a brief description of the course of events carried out, concluded by comments from the various Seatrans employees and observations made by a GL DNV auditor about the efforts and results achieved so far.Read more >
Conducting a series of leadership courses brings us in contact with a lot of different people – some more motivated for learning than others. But also experienced leaders can discover new perspectives, and however challenging a training course can be it is important to leave with a good result. And when it even creates ripples in the water everyone is happy.Read more >
How do we gather and manage data relating to human performance and behaviour, which are ‘uncountable’ subjects? This articles follows up on the previous article ‘The art of measuring safety performance’ and describes typical challenges we face when trying to gather, process and present safety (behaviour) performance data. It also suggests a few methods believed to help shipping companies manage this challenge.Read more >
Accountability has a decisive impact on the level of your safety maturity. So in order to increase accountability of your crew and staff you must manage it. And in order to manage it you must observe and log work place behaviour. This will enable you to develop people and deal with consequences for the exemplary or critical (safety) behaviour. For that purpose the Accountablity Matrix is a useful tool.Read more >
To help safety leaders develop own and others’ safety leadership skills this article introduces the Green-Jakobsen Safety I’s model™. In short the overriding purpose of the model is to provide shipping companies and its safety leaders with 5 safety culture virtues. Find out what those 5 virtues areRead more >
Why are the industry legislators now requiring leadership training? The answer, of course, is pretty straight forward – legislators believe that improved leadership competencies will improve performance on board making ships more effective, safer and environmentally friendly.Read more >
At Stenersen they have inititated a Leadership Training programme for all staff groups, seafarers and office staff. We have interviewed Stenersen’s HR Manager, Linda Frederich, about what lies behind the decision. The article tells you more about how they go about the task, what they expect to gain from the project and why they cooperate with Green-Jakobsen on this.Read more >