Documents such as ISO 31000:2009, discussed in an earlier blog post, present a good example or framework for improving organizational effectiveness and performance. Frameworks such as these are meant to be general so that individual organizations can tailor them to specific needs.
When applying a new method, approach, or system, organizations must consider numerous things in developing an implementation/integration strategy that will bring the initiative to life. One of the challenges organizations face in doing so is participation. In the management and organizational sciences, volumes are written about this subject. Some of the key points that reoccur include: Read More
Many EHS professionals are familiar with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), due to its widely known management systems, ISO 9001 and 14001. Over the past five years, ISO has begun to extend its services more explicitly into the area of risk management—its first two management systems (9001 and 14001) are essentially risk management tools.
This past November, ISO published a generic standard on risk management that provides guidelines that can be used in a wide range of settings. ISO states that “31000:2009 can be applied throughout the life of an organization, and to a wide range of activities, including strategies and decisions, operations, processes, functions, projects, products, services and assets; and that it can be applied to any type of risk, whatever its nature, whether having positive or negative consequences.” Read More
Over the past several years, I have been working on an EHS organizational management model and methodology that provides organizations with a way to bring innovation and fresh thinking to its Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) function. Some of these ideas have been presented in email newsletters and white papers, including ways to integrate the EHS function within itself as well as within the organization.
Central to this work have been ways to elevate EHS thinking as a driver in business strategy for competitive advantage, take EHS performance to zero or near zero, and empower EHS professionals as leaders in their organizations. I was excited when I first learned of and read Green to Gold, as it reinforced and validated much of this work. Read More
In their presentation at the 18th Annual Pegasus Conference, Peter Senge and Betty Sue Flowers spoke about leadership and the role that story and myth play in guiding leaders. Leadership, they argued, is about the future—the story that is created and communicated.
Oftentimes, leaders don’t think that they can alter the story. Senge and Flowers, however, disagree. At every moment, they said, we have the power to create a new story. In fact, the ability to do this is an essential leadership trait. They suggested that one way to create a compelling storyline is to develop plots based on a “purpose to learn,” as opposed to “victim-based” plots. Read More