The Orange County Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (OCASSE) is meeting on January 15, 2014, from 11:30 am to 1 pm, for a presentation by Jay C. Brakensiek on “Peter F. Drucker’s his application to Safety Management.”
Peter F. Drucker has been called “The Father of Modern Management,” for his pioneering work at General Motor’s and his many books, articles, and contributions to key business journals and newspapers, such as the Wall Street Journal and The Economist. Understanding of Peter Drucker’s ideas, and the terms he coined, such as “Knowledge Worker,” are key to understanding the underpinning of organizations in the 21st century, but in the United States and abroad.
Drucker’s work is a great fit with the philosophy of safety professionals, who value people, ethics, and contribution.
This presentation is provided by the author, a former student of Peter Drucker from 1999-2003, and includes personal observations on Drucker’s approaches and wisdom in the classroom.
No person can claim to “speak the language of management” without understanding Peter F. Drucker. Therefore this is an important presentation for ASSE members.
Drucker was a pragmatist, and offered pithy sayings such as,
“No matter how hard you try, you can’t keep a corpse from stinking,” On the futility of trying to keep dead products and services alive.
He often spoke about the need for “creative abandonment,” the need to proactively abandon those things that no longer serve any function. His key question on this, “If you were not doing this service or producing this product right now, would you start? If not, what are you going to do about the current situation?”
Drucker was a keen advocate of personal and organizational effectiveness. When told that someone like his book or publication, he would often say, “Don’t tell me what you liked about it! Tell me what you did with it.”
Drucker was an advisor to top executives of major corporations throughout the world, who would often make the trek to his home in Claremont California for a day of discussions that would often change the strategic direction of their organizations. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor possible in the United States.
The work of Drucker complements the work of safety professionals. He was a great advocate of services, of valuing people as the “key means of production.”
The presentation will also cover some of Drucker’s key books and publications, his ideas and legacy.
Jay Brakensiek is the EHS Manager for The Claremont University Consortium at The Claremont Colleges, a group of seven highly selective and nationally ranked Colleges. He is team leader in developing and conducting academic, lab & research safety audits & implementing academic and occupational health & safety programs. He has twenty-three year’s experience in EHS including previous work as Risk Manager at the LA Co. Dept. of Public Works; Manager of Safety & Medical at Metropolitan Water Dist. of So. Cal.; and Deputy Director of EHS at the LAUSD. He holds a BS in Biology and a MA in Biosciences from Truman State University, a MS in Industrial Hygiene from USC’s Institute of Safety and Systems Management, and an Executive MBA from the Peter F. Drucker School of Management where he studied with Peter F. Drucker. He is a CSP.
He has presented at local and national conferences for the American Society of Safety Engineers, American Industrial Hygiene Association, and the Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA). He has published articles in the EHS field.
Honors: 2011: ASSE Environmental Practice Specialty Safety Professional of the Year 2013: ASSE Council of Practices and Standards Safety Professional of the Year 2013: CSHEMA “Solutions at Work Award.”
He is a member of the ASSE’s Orange County Chapter and an ASSE member since 1990. He is Assistant Administrator for the Environmental Practice Specialty, Past President of the So. Cal. Chapter of AIHA, and former AIHA Ambassador to Vietnam.
The meeting will be hosted by the American Red Cross at 600 N. Parkcenter Drive, in Santa Ana.
Click here to register. The meeting is free without lunch, if you register. Or pay $20 in advance by registering. Or you can pay $25 at the door.