Astronaut, Former VP - BP
Author, Controlling Risk: 30 Techniques for Operating Excellence
5:45 PM Evening Workshop:The Ten Common Adverse Conditions in Organizations That Failed to Prevent the Next Accident
With thirty-five years of experience in high-hazard operational
environments, Jim Wetherbee works with leaders in hazardous industries
with critical mission objectives. He is the only American astronaut to
have commanded five missions in space, and is the only person to have
landed the Space Shuttle five times. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science
in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1974. He
began his career as a Naval Aviator aboard the USS John F Kennedy,
flying the A-7 Corsair. After graduating from the US Naval Test Pilot School,
Jim performed flight-testing of the F/A-18 Hornet. In 1984, Jim was
selected to join NASA in its tenth group of astronauts. Over a twenty-year
career, he flew six times on the Space Shuttle. The five-time commander
flew two missions to the Russian Space Station, Mir, and two missions
to the International Space Station. In 1998, he was appointed as the
Director, Flight Crew Operations, specifically selected to improve
the flight and ground safety in the astronaut corps. Based on that
success, Jim was selected after the Columbia accident to enhance
the safety aspects in the organizational culture at the Johnson
Space Center, home of NASA’s human space flight program.
Bringing his experience from the aerospace industry as a
former NASA executive and astronaut, Jim joined the oil
and gas industry as a Safety and Operations Auditor
for BP. Four years later, he was selected as a VP for
Operating Leadership. In this role, he supported
efforts to improve performance results consistently
over the long-term, by emphasizing effective leadership behaviors as a
key way to influence and inspire people to conduct safe and high-quality
operations. After successful careers in naval aviation, aerospace, and the
oil and gas industry, Jim is passionate about helping leaders and operators
perform successfully in hazardous environments.
Based on observations, discussions, and assessments from thirty-five
years of working in various hazardous endeavors, including the recovery
from the Texas City and Macondo incidents in the oil and gas industry, and
the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle incidents, Jim Wetherbee will
present a list of ten adverse conditions that commonly existed in many
organizations before they experienced major disasters or minor accidents.
In sociotechnical systems used to control risk, improve performance,
and accomplish goals, five of these ten adverse conditions existed on the
technical side, and five were on the social side. By turning hindsight into
foresight, participants can learn how to use the presence and severity of
these adverse conditions as indicators to determine if their organization
may be drifting toward a disaster.
Dinner will be served midway through the workshop and is included in the price of registration.
The first 50 registrants will receive a signed copy of Jim's recently published book "Controlling Risk: 30 Techniques for Operating Excellence" (retail value $40)
Space is limited.
• Creating a culture of Continuous Improvement
• Determining your organisation’s current culture – and shaping it to fit your strategy
• Why culture is the best source of competitive advantage out there
• Defining your aspirational target culture
• Leadership alignment: changing leadership behaviours to drive operational excellence
• Using culture as a fundamental management tool
• Understanding that what worked in the past may no longer work in the future - and what worked for one company may not work for another
• Predict the behavioural impact of operational improvement efforts
How do operators prevent the next accident? How do they prevent unpredictable accidents? Can they simultaneously improve performance? On the front lines of danger, your employees are the last line of defense trying to prevent death and destruction. What happens if they don’t succeed? After accidents, organisations typically issue new rules. These will work—until the next accident. Again, new rules are issued and procedures are updated. Yet, the cycle of accidents continues. Organisations and operators must need something more than rules and procedures to prevent unpredictable accidents. The solution is found in the principles of operating excellence. Since the beginning of the space program, astronauts have been following these principles and developing techniques to help flight crews stay alive and accomplish dangerous missions in the unforgiving environment of space. In Controlling Risk, you will learn how to operate better, work together, and improve performance in your high-risk business to accomplish much more in your dangerous world!