about success (in safety) you
to be able to place safety in the context
of organizational leadership (and management) and in relation to other business
interests such as risk management, cost control, insurance,
to know the process that is the pathway
leading to success
Knowing the detailed safety techniques will not give
you success. That technical detail may be important after you have gotten the attention and
support of others. First you need to get the attention and support from the top of the
organization, from management but first of all from the
The two books that I wrote relate to these two main
Risk Management, Safety and Control of
Loss – Protecting Your
Making Your Future in Business (formerly:
Building a Management System that
It is not the detailed techniques that will give
you that. That detail is important but only after you have gotten the attention and support
of others, from the top of the organization, from management but first of all from the
on my experience in the industry
related areas of safety and risk management between 1968 and 2015, I wrote two books:
Risk Management, Safety
and Control of Loss: Protecting Your Organization - an Introduction
Making Your Future - in
Business and in Other Parts of Life (2015)
I wrote my books with the non-expert
in (safety and risk) management in mind but, at the same time, these books would also serve the (safety) expert to
communicate the importance of their work areas as part of shared interests and objectives.
Both books are based on principles,
concepts and ideas related to the main function of leadership and management function: to control problems and
their consequences, preferably before they materialize.
To be successful in any organization and
whatever you do or want, you need to agree on purpose and objectives. In other words, you need to speak the
same language. This is where the first book below comes in. Not just regarding safety; risk is universal and knows
no boundaries other than what is inside your head and inside those of your colleagues, bosses, managers, leaders,
employees. All people - needed to make changes, control risks, improve and do what they need to do - have to be on
the same wavelength!
1. Risk Management, Safety and
Control of Loss - Protecting Your Organization
book conveys the message that the three business areas mentioned in the title are really one and the same when it
comes to a very essential part of the management function: solving problems before and after the unwanted
event that could lead to loss, small or catastrophic.
314-page book contains an introduction to Risk management, Safety and Loss Control and puts these subjects in the
proper business perspective showing their relation to control unwanted events that downgrade business efficiency,
profitability, image and continuation.
Understanding how these areas
contribute to business results is essential to managing any business or organization and crucial to those who work
as consultants - either internally or externally - assisting their management or client on their way to lasting
profitability and success.
$ 20 (excluding shipping, taxes), Risk Management, Safety and
Control of Loss can be ordered here.
2. Making Your Future in Business - and in
Other Parts of Life
Parallel to getting agreement on the purpose and need of
problem solving and setting up related objectives - such as "no risk above a certain level" - you need to know
the process to make the plan to meet objectives. As this may require the help and involvement of all in the
organization, that plan has to be made by involving all people.
This is the book describing the more generic process to make
a plan or management system to make your future. The 346-page book is actually the successor of a book that I
published in 2013 with the title “How to Build a Management System that Works – Guide to Management Success”. Since
the 2015 book came out, I withdrew the 2013 book from publication.
Based on sound principles of management, this book uses the
Platform Improvement Model as the basis for the 17-step process for management success to build a plan (or
management system) to make the future, in business and in other parts of life.
"Willem delivers an easy
to read, practical and rather unpretentious view on how a management system can be built with the help
of a number of basic elements/principles. The proposed elements for the management system sound
sensible. Sure, I would have made a slightly different cluster than Top’s 17 steps, but that’s
quibbling over details in definitions. He does propose an alternative rating for his 17 step approach
as a measure for implementation. And whether you use the rating or not, it is a fine (check)list of
points to consider when building and implementing your management system."
This process includes the subsequent steps
allowing a top-down / bottom-up approach to involve all levels of the organization while providing the emotional
ownership needed to obtain desired behavior leading to success.
Using and adapting this 17-step process when
helping organizations to improve, the consultant – internal or external - will be able to create his or her own
approach based on the successes of his or her clients. How much better can the basis of your marketing efforts
In the box below is an
unsolicited reaction from a friend and business relation who was involved in ILCI (International Loss Control
Institute in Loganville, Ga.) activities before ILCI was taken over by DNV in
"Thank you for the book which was received a few weeks ago. You did a great job pulling it all
together into something that has been missing in the development and implementation of management
systems, and I can see how it could easily fit into a course for general business majors."
S.B. - USA
at $ 20 (excluding shipping, taxes), Making Your Future can
be ordered here.