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Building Safe, Productive Cultures and Leadership


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Author M I Roberts


Corporate and workplace culture, as many owners, directors, executives and managers know, is by far the most powerful determinant of productivity. It’s much more significant than buildings and equipment. Yet although no one today would build a building or machine without a plan, few leaders have a plan for building and sustaining a safer and more productive culture.

Using practical ways, culture can be planned and shaped as desired. Success requires implementing a project plan for changing the systems that drive behaviours that in turn shape attitudes. The combination of behaviour and attitude together with leadership largely shape culture.

To improve performance, leaders need to:

1. improve the organisational systems that drive behaviour

2. action a project plan for improving specific performance metrics

3. demonstrate leadership that is conscious, disciplined, committed and passionate for purposeful use of human energy.

This paper explains all three factors in practical ways with operational and corporate examples. It details understanding and applying the power of fundamental statistical analysis tools to recalibrate, focus and drive proactive leadership that takes responsibility for process improvement, supporting people and ensuring accountability.

Experience and practical understanding of human and organisational behaviour confirm that the Measurement · Analysis · Reporting system combined with conscious leadership is by far the most powerful driver of behaviour. This wisdom produces profound changes in leadership style and behaviour. It develops outstanding leadership to create and sustain a safe and highly productive culture reliably producing consistently high quality products. It is the key to developing accountability, employee retention and a sustained competitive advantage.


Roberts, M I, 2016. Building safe, productive cultures and leadership, in Proceedings International Mine Management Conference, pp 163-178 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).