Poison Profits: How Toxic Leaders Kill Excellence

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Mar 222017

We’re bringing attention to the issue of toxic leaders in the maritime industry. Splash 24/7 has just published a piece by MAC administrator Bob Couttie discussing how dysfunctional leaders affect a company’s excellence – and that includes ships’ companies as much as corporate companies.

We are republishing some of our posts on Toxic Masters. Have you a horror story about dysfunctional leaders aboard or ashore? Tell us in confidence at mac@maritimeaccident.org, we’d like to hear what you have to say – and do share the post with your friends in the industry.

If you want to know why toxic leaders are like green wallpaper, check out the Splash24/7 article, how many rolls of green wallpaper does your company have? here


Do Safety Videos Work?

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Sep 192009

Safety videos are a stock-in-trade of safety training but do they work? MAC mulled over this after watching a tongue-in-cheek video at WorksafeBC. We’ve melded a couple of frames here to get the point across.

MAC must, naturally, declare an interest. Apart from our own audio and video podcasts much of our business is involved in developing,writing, directing, presenting and narrating maritime safety-related video productions and other multi-media work connected with the industry. The question of whether safety videos do their job is, therefore, close to our heart because it’s our business. We’re not going to say we know the answer but it’s one that’s important, not because it’s our business, but because if they’re not working, or not being used right, then we’re not contributing to saving lives, preventing injuries or reducing the financial cost of accidents, that is, after all the raison d’etre, the root cause, so to speak, of what we do.

Do people remember safety videos? Do they change their behaviour in the medium or long term as a result? The answer, evidently, and uncomfortably, is a qualified ‘no’.

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