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Real leaders leave a legacy. They capture the hearts and minds of their teams. Their origin story puts the safety and wellbeing of their people first. Great companies ubiquitously have safe yet productive operations. For those companies, Safety is an investment, not a cost for the C-Suite. It’s a real topic of daily focus. The SAFETY GURU with host Eric Michrowski, a globally recognized Ops & Safety Guru, public speaker and author explores through leader interviews how to leave a safety legacy. Your legacy success story begins now.

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Real leaders leave a legacy. They capture the hearts and minds of their teams. Their origin story puts the safety and wellbeing of their people first. Great companies ubiquitously have safe yet productive operations. For those companies, Safety is an investment, not a cost for the C-Suite. It’s a real topic of daily focus. The SAFETY GURU with host Eric Michrowski, a globally recognized Ops & Safety Guru, public speaker and author explores through leader interviews how to leave a safety legacy. Your legacy success story begins now.

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Episodes
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Episode 109 - Fatigue Risk Management: Ensuring Safety in High-Risk Work with Susan Sawatzky

7/11/2024
In this episode, we deep dive into the critical topic of effectively managing fatigue in high-risk work environments with our special guest, Susan Sawatzky. Join us as we explore various factors that contribute to fatigue and discuss strategies to effectively mitigate risks and manage its effects. Tune in to learn how these approaches can enhance worker safety and productivity, emphasizing safety as a priority in industries where every second counts. Listen now! About the Guest: Susan Sawatzky is the President of In-Scope Solutions, a company dedicated to managing human risk factors or “The People Part of Safety” with a focus on fatigue risk management, stress management, mental health and wellness, enhancing healthy workplace cultures, and psychological health and safety in the workplace. Susan's specialization in fatigue risk management began over a decade ago when she managed the fatigue portfolio for the Canadian Oil & Gas Safety Association. Susan is also an international speaker and keynote conference presenter. For more information: www.in-scope.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:31

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Episode 108 - The Power of a Safety Agreement to Boost Safety Culture with Ken Roberts

6/27/2024
Don't miss this engaging and enlightening conversation with Ken Roberts, who brings over forty years of rich experience in mining, heavy industry, and construction. Ken shares invaluable insights on how frontline workers can buy into safety by building trust within teams and understanding the profound consequences of their actions. He emphasizes the importance of creating a safety commitment agreement for frontline workers to truly embrace safety in their daily lives. Ken also introduces the concept of 'Convenience Kills.' He discusses its stages and explains how organizations can effectively engage frontline workers in a powerful safety agreement to enhance their safety culture. About the Guest: With over forty years of rich experience in mining, heavy industry, and construction, Ken Roberts is a pioneer in transforming workplace cultures. He is the creator of the ground-breaking 'Convenience Kills' program, designed to move cultures from being convenience-driven to being consequence-driven, through his innovative “Agreements Culture” formula, which promotes voluntary accountability and ownership. His extensive global experience in enhancing safety cultures directly tackles key workplace challenges like low morale and conflict, fostering a sense of camaraderie and empowerment within teams. Ken's dedicated efforts significantly boost safety, productivity, and leadership effectiveness, leading to profound improvements in organisational dynamics and outcomes. For more information: https://transfoorm.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:48:54

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Episode 107 - Safety Is All About Learning with David East

6/13/2024
Join us to explore the profound lessons and our understanding of safety in high-risk fields with our special guest, David East. In this episode, he brings his deep expertise in Human & Organizational Performance to discuss critical risks, learning from incidents, and the interconnected factors behind them. Drawing on examples from aviation and his experience in the Royal Australian Air Force, David shares his insights on transitioning to a learning zone, emphasizing that safety is all about learning. Tune in to gain valuable insights! About the Guest: David East is an accomplished Human Performance, Safety Management System & Leadership Consultant with a passion for enhancing workplace cultures, safety systems and optimizing human potential. With extensive experience in multiple industries, he leads CrewFusion. While running a successful consultancy business, David continues a career in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). This extensive operational experience provided him with firsthand understanding of the critical importance of safety and human factors in high-pressure environments. For more information: https://crewfusionteambuilding.com.au/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:35:27

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Episode 106 - The Power of Organizational Learning with Dr Nippin Anand

5/30/2024
Are we truly learning from accidents? In this compelling episode, Dr. Nippin shares a different perspective on the Costa Concordia disaster, enriched with his deep insights and research, alongside an exclusive interview with Captain Schettino. He delves into a profound understanding of risk and safety, emphasizing the impacts of culture and shared responsibility. Tune in to uncover valuable lessons about the power of organizational learning and how it can help us make meaningful changes. About the Guest: Dr. Nippin Anand is a former master mariner with a master’s degree in economics, a PhD in Social Sciences and Anthropology. After a near collision at sea, he took up a passion for investigating accidents and helping leaders understand the importance of perspective in human failures. As a former subject matter expert at DNV, Nippin also developed an interest in making compliance meaningful for achieving business goals. He is recognised both in the research community and across safety critical industries for his ability to make research accessible to businesses and people at work. For more information: https://novellus.solutions/about-novellus/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:45:11

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Episode 105 - Bringing Human Factors to Life with Marty Ohme

5/16/2024
There's a safety decision behind every chain of events. We invite you to join us for a captivating episode of The Safety Guru featuring Marty Ohme, a former helicopter pilot in the U.S. Navy and current System Safety Engineer. Don't miss this opportunity to gain from Marty's extensive expertise and insights on system factors, organizational learning and safety culture, and effective risk management to mitigate future risks. Learn from the best practices of the U.S. Navy, as Marty brings human factors to life with real-world examples that can make a difference in your organization. About the Guest: Marty Ohme is an employee-owner at A-P-T Research, where he works as a System Safety Engineer. This follows a U.S. Navy career as a helicopter pilot, Air Boss aboard USS TRENTON, and program manager at what is now Naval Safety Command, among other assignments. He uses his uncommon perspective as both engineer and operator to support the development of aerospace systems and mentor young engineers. Marty holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Aeronautical Science from Emory-Riddle Aeronautical University. He may be reached through LinkedIn. For more information: https://www.apt-research.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:45:32

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Episode 104 - Coming Home Safely: Advocating Safety First, Last, and Always with Dr. Lana Cormie

5/2/2024
"Safety is the most important part of your job." Tune in as Dr. Lana Cormie shares her heartfelt and moving story of navigating life after losing her husband in a workplace incident in 2018. She passionately advocates for improving safety and enhancing an intentional culture of safety in the workplace through ongoing training on the job and prioritizing the reporting of hazards, concerns, and near misses. Lana reminds us of the importance of keeping safety at the forefront and empowering team members to become safety advocates in the workplace, ensuring everyone goes home safely at the end of every workday. About the Guest: Dr. Lana Cormie and her two children are navigating life without a husband and father as a result of a workplace incident. Lana has become a passionate advocate for safer workplaces, campaigning for better policies and improved legislation for workplace safety. She now shares her life experiences in an effort to help improve safety and educate employees and employers on the importance of a safe workplace. Lana believes by sharing her lived experience she can influence safety cultures and that the most important part of work is to go home at the end of the day. For more information: https://cnbsafe.com.au/lana-cormie/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:32

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Episode 103 - Championing Safety in Everyday Decisions with Brandon Schroeder

4/18/2024
One moment can change your life. Join us as Brandon Schroeder, a motivational safety speaker for over a decade, shares his candid and inspirational story of overcoming physical and mental barriers that resulted from a serious workplace injury in 2011. Brandon's uplifting message encourages everyone to avoid shortcuts on the job and to work together as a team to champion safety in everyday decisions. Tune in now to hear Brandon's powerful journey! About the Guest: In 2012, Brandon Schroeder's path as a speaker unfolded following a workplace incident in 2011. Having served as a journeyman electrician since 2002, he had envisioned a future in the electrical trade. However, the pivotal moment of his accident led him to see an alternative journey awaiting him. More than a decade later, he continues to share his narrative, influencing safety perspectives. Brandon has delivered presentations for numerous companies, ranging from global giants to local co-ops. His objective remains singular - to reach that one individual who needs to hear his story. For more information: https://believeinsafety.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:57

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Episode 102 - Preventing Distracted Driving: Navigating Towards Safer Roads for All with Karen Torres

4/4/2024
In recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we are honored to welcome Karen Torres to The Safety Guru, where she will share her heartfelt story of turning personal tragedy into impactful change. Karen became committed to advocating for road safety after losing her father in a distracted driving incident. She has devoted her life to raising awareness about work zone safety and the dangers and realities of distracted driving that affect us all. Tune in as Karen advocates for safer roads for all through education, situational awareness, and being an effective role model. About the Guest: Karen Torres is a passionate advocate for road safety with over 14 years of experience as a motivational speaker. Her commitment to raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving stems from a personal tragedy — the loss of her father, Patrick Mapleson, in a distracted driving incident. Karen has turned her pain into purpose, dedicating her life to sharing her compelling story at high schools, employee safety trainings, and corporate conferences across the nation. Karen is also a member of the Speaker's Bureau for NY SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions); she provides impactful presentations that aim to inspire positive change and save lives. For more information: https://www.all4udad.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:20:47

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Episode 101 - Creating a Safe Environment to Ask Questions and Raise Concerns for a Safer Tomorrow with Paul Mahoney

3/21/2024
We welcome our special guest, Paul Mahoney, to The Safety Guru to share his moving story and his passion for inspiring safer workplaces for all. In 2000, Paul was working in the paper industry in the UK when he suffered a severe injury in the workplace. This critical incident impacted his personal life and set his mission to help others. Listen in as Paul shares valuable insights for fostering a safety culture by creating a safe environment to ask questions and raise concerns. Tune in for inspiration and practical advice on making a positive impact for a safer tomorrow. About the Guest: Back in 2000, Paul Mahoney was one of 600 who suffered a major injury in the Paper Industry and one of 27,000 in the whole of the UK. He is the first (to our knowledge) who had his left arm severed above the elbow and, in a 16-hour operation, had it reattached successfully. Paul shares his story with companies and uses his experiences to guide them to a safer culture by building an important bridge between staff, safety professionals, and leaders. Paul has written two books, one about his accident and the other about LEGO Serious Play and how to use the methodology to build a better culture. For more information: https://www.paulinspiringsafety.co.uk/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:47:38

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Episode 100 - The Science Behind Safe Decision Making with Dr. Constance Dierickx

3/7/2024
As we celebrate our milestone 100th episode, we're excited to spotlight a crucial topic on The Science Behind Safe Decision Making with our special guest, The Decision Doctor®, Dr. Constance Dierickx. With her expert insights, Constance shares strategies for overcoming common decision-making biases and the importance of saying no to urgency when faced with consequential decisions in the workplace. This episode is packed with practical solutions grounded in fascinating research and science. Tune in to transform your approach to safe decision-making, armed with effective strategies! About the Guest: Dr. Constance Dierickx is a sought-after advisor to boards and senior executives in high-stakes situations, including strategic pivots, CEO transitions, board conflicts, and crises. Constance has consulted with dozens of boards and over 500 executives on five continents. Clients call her “The Decision Doctor®.” Recognized as an expert on governance and executive leadership, Constance has been interviewed by National Public Radio for Marketplace Morning, The Wall Street Journal, and Chief Executive and writes for Harvard Business Review and Forbes as well as Directorship, Boards and Directors, and Corporate Board Member. For more information: https://constancedierickx.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:44:59

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Episode 99 - From Aviation to Healthcare: How System Factors Drive Safety Decisions with Norman MacLeod

2/22/2024
Don't miss our latest episode on The Safety Guru! Join us as Norman MacLeod, a seasoned expert in organizational human factors, shares decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge with us. Drawing from his extensive background in both aviation and healthcare, Norman shares the critical system factors influencing safety decisions within organizations through riveting research findings and real-life examples. Gain invaluable insights and practical solutions to navigate system impacts in your organization. Tune in now! About the Guest: Norman MacLeod served in the Royal Air Force for 21 years in the Training and Education specialization, during which time he was involved in a number of pilot training projects, the most extensive of which was his involvement in C-130 transport aircraft crew training. On leaving the RAF, he worked for 17 years as a consultant delivering CRM to pilots and cabin crew in over 25 countries around the world. He has written 2 books on aspects of instructional systems design in aviation, and in 2021, his third book was published, which takes a systems view of aviation and explores what that means in terms of pilot competence. For more information: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/normanmacleod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:39:58

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Episode 98 - Alone and Not Unseen: Profound Strategies for Lone Worker Safety with Dr. Ryan Olson

2/8/2024
In this must-listen episode of The Safety Guru, we're focusing on the critical yet often overlooked topic of lone worker safety. While they have fewer interactions with leaders and coworkers, their decisions are still shaped by the safety climate and priorities set by their organization. Join us to dive deeper into this topic with Dr. Ryan Olson, who will share his invaluable insights, groundbreaking research, and profound strategies for lone worker safety. Tune in! About the Guest: Dr. Olson is a Professor in Occupational Health Psychology at the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Utah. His research has focused on safety, health, and well-being interventions for isolated or “lone” workers. Dr. Olson leads an internationally recognized safety and health intervention research program with commercial drivers funded by NHLBI and has also designed impactful supportive group interventions for home care workers with funding from CDC/NIOSH. His interventions have improved a range of outcomes for workers, including safety, diet, exercise, sleep, stress, and job satisfaction. For more information: http://bit.ly/r-olson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:38:57

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Episode 97 - Move Smart and Stay Safe: Proactive Steps for Injury Reduction and Prevention with Kelly Lynch Feldkamp

1/25/2024
We are thrilled to feature a lively and perceptive conversation with Kelly Lynch Feldkamp, an expert injury prevention specialist and founder of ProVention Plus. Kelly passionately advocates using our body movements as a critical factor to stay safe and proactively reduce and prevent soft tissue injuries. Tune in as Kelly shares the many benefits of preventive physical therapy, highlighting how it can elevate safety for your team on and off the job site and improve their overall personal health with proactive injury prevention and reduction strategies. Don't miss out on this dynamic conversation filled with invaluable insights! About the Guest: Kelly Lynch Feldkamp is the Founder of ProVention Plus, an onsite injury prevention company that is changing the way companies take care of their manual labor or craft employees. Kelly has a Master's Degree in Exercise and Wellness and is the creator of the Move Better Program used by thousands of Jobsite Athletes over the last 20 years. Kelly and her team at ProVention Plus have been blessed to work with those who are most in need of injury prevention care but are also the least likely to seek it out for themselves. She is playing an active role in moving the industry toward a place where pain is not an unfortunate by-product for the Jobsite Athletes who build the world we all enjoy. For more information: https://proventionplus.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:32:09

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Episode 96 - Vision 2024: Shaping the Future of Safety Culture & Leadership with Dr. Josh Williams

1/11/2024
We encourage you to join us for another engaging conversation with Dr. Josh Williams, a seasoned safety culture expert for over 25 years and partner at Propulo Consulting. Josh highlights five key, big-picture safety themes for 2024: structured governance and executive commitment, SIF prevention, human performance, why observations still matter, and attitudes, beliefs, and mindsets. You're sure to gain indispensable insight as Josh provides a clear vision for successfully shaping the future of your organization's safety culture and safety leadership this year! About the Guest: Dr. Josh Williams is a partner at Propulo Consulting. For more than 25 years, Josh has partnered with clients around the world to improve safety culture and prevent SIFs. Dr. Williams earned his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Virginia Tech and is a behavioral safety, human performance, and safety culture improvement expert. Josh is the author of Keeping People Safe: The Human Dynamics of Injury Prevention and co-editor of Keys to Behavior-Based Safety. He has published more than 150 book chapters, government reports, white papers, blogs, and articles in leading journals. Josh has also delivered hundreds of presentations at leading national conferences and is a highly regarded public speaker. He received the Cambridge Center National First Prize for his research on behavioral safety feedback. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:22:30

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Episode 95 - Year In Review: The 2023 Highlights on The Safety Guru with Eric Michrowski

12/14/2023
As we wind down the year, our hearts are filled with gratitude for our special guests who've enriched our show with their expertise and insights. This year, we welcomed many inspiring voices from around the world, including renowned academics, safety motivational speakers, and top industry leaders. Dive in with your host, Eric Michrowski, as he highlights our podcast's most impactful insights and top themes of 2023. To our listeners, thank you for joining us on this journey. Your engagement and support have been instrumental in making this year's series so meaningful. Don't miss this time of reflection! About Your Host: Eric Michrowski is a globally recognized thought leader and guru in Operations and Safety Culture Transformations. A highly sought-after Executive speaker on the global stage, he has led executive training programs, coached the C-Suite, and connected with thousands of Fortune 500 senior leaders. His approach is anchored in evidence-based research and practical applications in Human Performance, Process Excellence, and Organizational Change. He brings over 25 years of hands-on experience in Operations Management, Culture & Business Transformations, and Safety, having worked across a broad range of industries. For more information: https://www.ericmichrowski.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:14:15

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Episode 94 - From the Mines to the Heart: Advocating for Safer Tomorrows with Helen Fitzroy

11/30/2023
As the holiday season reminds us of what truly matters, we are honored to feature Helen Fitzroy on The Safety Guru as she shares her moving message that will carry us through the holidays and beyond. Her husband, Steve, experienced a workplace fatality in an underground mining incident in 1991. Her story isn't just one of personal tragedy but a call to action for all of us. Tune in as Helen advocates for a safer tomorrow with her unwavering commitment to safety, dedicated to ensuring that no other family has to endure what she went through. About the Guest: Helen Fitzroy's passion for workplace safety commenced following the death of her husband, Steve, in an underground mining accident in Norseman, WA, in 1991. One of Helen's coping strategies was writing. She wrote to her husband, Steve, but also to herself and her children leading to the publishing of her first book some years later, "Just a Number." Since writing "Just a Number," Helen has been traveling extensively across Australia as well as overseas campaigning for improved safety and better support for bereaved families. Helen's commitment and passion culminated in the establishment of Miners' Promise, a not-for-profit organization established to provide emotional and practical support to members and their families following a crisis event. For more information: www.helenfitzroy.com.au Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:35:33

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Episode 93 - The History of Safety: Where Yesterday Meets Tomorrow with Carsten Busch

11/16/2023
Embark on an exciting journey with the renowned Safety Mythologist and Historian Carsten Busch, also known as the "Indiana Jones of Safety." Join us as Carsten shares captivating stories with lessons from the history of safety that shape tomorrow's strategies. Tune in now and be part of the adventure! About the Guest: Carsten Busch has over 30 years of experience in Safety and Quality Management at various levels in organizations ranging from railway to oil & gas to police in The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Norway. He is professionally active on various forums, a regular speaker at conferences, owner of mindtherisk.com, a tutor at the Lund University Human Factors and System Safety program, and author of several professional books. His main research interests include the history of knowledge development and discourse in safety, which has led to Ph.D. work through Open Universiteit. For more information: https://mindtherisk.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:40:26

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Episode 92 - Soaring with The Blue Angels: Building a Robust Safety Culture with Scott "Intake" Kartvedt

11/2/2023
Get ready for takeoff on The Safety Guru podcast! In this episode, we're soaring to new heights alongside an experienced professional pilot, the stunt pilot from Top Gun: Maverick, Scott "Intake" Kartvedt. He shares the foundations of a robust safety culture, highlighting key strategies incorporated by the Blue Angels and the Navy. Gear up to elevate your organization to a top-tier safety culture. Don't miss this flight! About the Guest: Scott Kartvedt is currently a professional pilot and is on the Board of Directors for the Blue Angel Foundation. He is an instructor and evaluator for United Airlines in Denver, Colorado, the number 5 pilot for the Patriot Jet Team, the only civilian jet demonstration team in North America, and was a stunt pilot in TOPGUN Maverick. He is also the Founding Partner of High-Performance Climb, a privately held consulting company. Scott shares his executive leadership, risk management, and safety mitigation experience acquired during extensive combat operations through Inspirational Keynotes and workshops with clients worldwide. For more information: https://scottkartvedt.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:32:58

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Episode 91 - Cracking the Code: The Human Factors Behind Organizational Failures with Martin Anderson

10/19/2023
You don't want to miss our latest episode of 'Cracking the Code: The Human Factors Behind Organizational Failures' on The Safety Guru. Join us as Martin Anderson, a renowned expert on human factors and performance, shares his valuable insights and examples about the human factors behind organizational failures. Learn how to effectively and constructively embed lessons learned in your organization. About the Guest: Martin Anderson has 30 years of experience in addressing human performance issues in complex organizations. Before joining an oil and gas company in Australia as Manager of Human Factors, he played a key role in developing human factors within the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE), leading interventions on over 150 of the UK's most complex major hazard facilities, both onshore and offshore. He has particular interests in organizational failures, safety leadership, and investigations. Martin has contributed to the strategic direction of international associations and co-authored international guidance on a range of human factors topics. For more information: www.humanfactors101.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:46:37

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Episode 90 - Mindful Connections: Individual Responsibility & Effective Leadership in Mental Health with Petra Velzeboer

10/5/2023
"Psychological safety effectively is trust." In honor of World Mental Health Day, we invite you to listen to the latest episode of The Safety Guru featuring Petra Velzeboer, renowned mental health expert and TEDx speaker. You won't want to miss this episode as Petra shares her expertise and advice on creating mindful connections through effective leadership, the importance of vulnerability, and beneficial strategies to approach mental health with a preventive mindset in the workplace. Tune in! About the Guest: Petra Velzeboer is a renowned mental health expert, TEDx speaker, and CEO of mental health consultancy PVL. Her captivating story of being raised in a cult, paired with her down-to-earth nature and unique perspective on the world of work helps her to relate to audiences on a level that few therapists can. Petra’s unique approach to the future of work sets human capital at the forefront of innovation for any company. For more information: https://www.petravelzeboer.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:26:43