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Recap: Meet the Author Health and Safety Leadership with Rosa Carrillo

By Tamara Parris | Reviewed by Gary WongCheckmark
Published: April 27, 2023 | Last updated: April 27, 2023 05:30:50
Key Takeaways

Recap of our discussion with Rosa Carrillo on her book Health and Safety Leadership Strategy with our Meet the Author community members.

Every month, members of the Safeopedia community come together for an online member's book club to discuss important workplace health and safety topics, share their insights and thoughts, and support each other.

In our most recent session, we invited our member and Author Rosa Carrillo on her book "Health and Safety Leadership Strategy: How Authentically Inclusive Leaders Inspire Employees to Achieve Extraordinary Results"

If you missed it, here's a recap of the session.


Meet the Author

Rosa Antonia Carrillo, MSOD is an author, and leadership and culture expert with an emphasis in environment. Her book, The Relationship Factor in Safety Leadership, published by Routledge has been called required reading to understand the foundations of "safety culture" by Edgar Schein.

Her ground breaking articles on relationship centered leadership, safety culture, mindful conversations, trust and open communication have gained the attention of of leaders world-wide. In recognition of her contributions, the Safety Institute of Australia invited her as the Wigglesworth Memorial Lecturer in 2015.

She is president of Carrillo & Associates, Inc. a provider for employee engagement, leadership development, and coaching services for leaders of companies that want to achieve high performance in EHS while delivering business results. The C&A team delivers engaging leadership development workshops to executives, managers, supervisors and employees to help them transform into leaders who build collaborative, trusting, and motivating work environments. At the same time, given the unique challenges of operating a high- hazard facility, the training focuses on managing and enhancing employee performance as well as effective decision-making.

Ms. Carrillo holds a Masters of Science in Organizational Development and is former adjunct faculty for the Presidential Key Executive MBA program at Pepperdine University.

Many thanks to Rosa for taking the time and effort to research and write this book and share your insights with other health and Safety professionals!

Meet the Book

Health and Safety Leadership Strategy: How Authentically Inclusive Leaders Inspire Employees to Achieve Extraordinary Results builds on ideas to further understand why relationships are the venue through which leaders bring about change in organizations.

The concepts and practices Rosa shares in her book are the ones that many leaders have used across the ages to create commitment, accountability, and excellence. Managers will benefit from a deeper understanding of how these issues impact every aspect of organizational performance.


The Big Picture: Our Discussion Topics

Health and Safety Leadership Strategy: How Authentically Inclusive Leaders Inspire Employees to Achieve Extraordinary Results opened up discussions around why employers need to be paying attention to their organization’s mental, physical and psychological well-being data in order to keep their top talent and essential workers. Our group talked about how “authentically inclusive” leadership can embed Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging (DEIB) into everyday work of the organization.

Rosa left us with three key takeaways:

  1. Leadership is a choice not an assignment. We need to be on the lookout for people who are willing take that on, so we can mentor them and help them in their development.
  2. There is a huge reservoir of untapped potential in Health and Safety and people who work within it. Would like to solicit your support to change the curriculum offered and support new Health and Safety people get when they get into an organization
  3. Begin to talk about Health and Safety as a strategy to develop our organizations to be more successful. It has all of the organizational and the social systems as part of it.

The Nitty Gritty: Contributions from Our Community Members

Meet the Author sessions are collaborative discussions. While our guest author and community co-host Gary Wong get the conversation going, our community members always share their insights, experiences, and perspectives.

Here are some of their contributions.

Richard shares that we need to teach people how to talk with each other not at each other. That manager needs to help set the conditions for people to talk.

Tina shares with us to listen. Don't listen to respond but listen to understand.

Robert shared what we do needs to algin with the team, and people need to feel free to talk without fear of being told off or being blamed.

Join Us for the Next One

On May 19, 2023, we will be welcoming another great Author!

In our upcoming session we will have author Gill Kernick talk with us about learning from failure. We will be speaking about her book "Catastrophe and Systemic Change: Learning from the Grenfell Tower Fire and Other Disasters" View Gill's book >

Click here to register and join the conversation!


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Written by Tamara Parris

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Tamara Parris is the VP of Community and Business Development at Safeopedia, and owner of EHS Professionals Group on LinkedIn. Her passion is working with other EHS Professionals to collaborate in thought leadership, networking and connecting our industry peers to resources that will increase profitability and safety practices within their workplaces. Tamara has been in the Health and Safety field for over 20 years, her industry experiences include the Construction sector, CCTV and Security, and Commercial Retail industries.

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