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Team Leadership in High-Hazard Environments
Performance, Safety and Risk Management Strategies for Operational Teams

ISBN 9781472433534
Published December 28, 2014 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

Safety performance is a complicated issue, particularly in high-hazard environments, where time and other constraints can be amplified, and result in numerous impacts. From an organizational and business perspective, safety and production/performance are often seen as competing goals. When production is increased, safety defenses and barriers frequently decrease, and when programs are developed in an effort to improve safety, employees may be unable to meet production goals within the safety constraints. Team Leadership in High-Hazard Environments recognizes these difficulties and constraints and proposes an approach to safety leadership in which safety and organizational performance are inextricably linked; one that addresses safety from both the systems and human factors perspectives. To that end, Randy Cadieux introduces the nine essential components to team leadership. By studying these areas and using the information in each chapter, organizational leaders, managers, and supervisors will gain an understanding of key factors that will help them design, develop, and implement team training programs that improve the way employees work together and the way they mitigate hazards. Additionally, the book describes how work systems and work environments may be designed or shaped so that teams are placed in a position to do their optimal work, maximizing the potential for human and team performance. This is an important book that draws on techniques and models developed from Crew Resource Management, human factors, risk management, as well as more traditional HR management disciplines.

Table of Contents

List of Figures, List of Tables, List of Abbreviations, Reviews of Team Leadership in High-Hazard Environments, Introduction, 1 What is Effective Teamwork?, 2 Authority and Responsibility in Operational Teams, 3 Leadership in Operational Teams, 4 Team Communications, 5 Focus on Operations and Safety, 6 Job Planning and Execution Analysis, 7 Resilience, Adaptability, and Adaptive Capacity, 8 Decision-Making Techniques for Operational Teams, 9 Mutual Support and Backup, 10 Time-Sensitive Risk Management, Conclusion: Integrating Team Leadership and Performance into Daily Operations, Bibliography, Index

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Randy Cadieux is the Founder of V-Speed, LLC, a leadership, risk management, organizational resilience, and team performance consulting and training company, and is the developer of V-Speed’s Team Leadership and Resource Management training program. Randy is also the Program Manager and an Instructor for the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Master of Engineering in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management program. Randy is a 20-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where he served in multiple roles. His primary occupational specialty was as a KC-130 Hercules pilot and he had numerous other leadership roles in the areas of aviation, operations, and safety. Randy has experience with a range of safety, operations, and human performance training and application methodologies, including Marine Corps aviation operations planning, Operational Risk Management, and Crew Resource Management. Randy holds a Master of Engineering in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the International System Safety Society.


’Team Leadership in High-Hazard Environments is unique in that its focus is on the management requirements to lead successfully and achieve stellar safety performance in high-risk industries. Adherence to the model presented in this book will transform traditional views on safety leadership. Hands-on tools to take team leadership to a higher level are provided.’ Fred A. Manuele, President, Hazards Limited, USA ’Randy Cadieux has pushed the envelope in exploring and discussing the intersection of technology and human capability in safety performance and operational excellence. Team Leadership in High-Hazard Environments can help any organization discover hidden potential in human capability impacting productivity and safety in its operations.’ H. Landis Floyd, Principal Consultant & Global Electrical Safety Leader, DuPont ’Randy has the rare gift of being able to take the research literature and present it in a way that is interesting and relevant to operational personnel. As a veteran US Marine Corps aviator he knows how to lead in dangerous environments. This is a refreshing and useful text. A must have for team leaders working in high hazard domains.’ Paul O’Connor, Lecturer in Primary Care, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland ’I think Randy Cadieux's book is a must for any leader with high-velocity teams that respond to important conditions. The book reads like a carefully constructed cookbook that helps you prepare your response teams for amazing performance.’ Todd Conklin, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA ’Randy Cadieux has written an important, grounded set of operations-based guidelines that reaffirm the basics that are often overlooked in current breathless treatments of teams and leadership. Cadieux’s analysis, anchored in deep experience with Marine Corps aviation operations, tackles such knotty issues as time-sensitive risk management, assertiveness, working in high-hazard environments, and adaptability. Each issue