• The 5 Principles of Human Performance

  • A Contemporary Updateof the Building Blocks of Human Performance for the New View of Safety
  • By: Todd E. Conklin PhD
  • Narrated by: Todd Conklin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Conklin’s audiobook is an interesting and informal discussion with the listener about the five principles of human performance; principle by principle, section by section.

These five theories about how humans perform in organizations are principles, the building blocks of human performance, through which we have established a new way to think about safety and reliability in our worlds...and changing the way we think about work is a vital step toward improvement.

Work never stops and work is never normal. This idea would scare a merely mortal manager, but an enlightened leader knows the power of continuous learning and improvement. Work is constantly in motion, therefore learning must continue. Work is never the same, therefore we never really know how work is being done. If we don’t know how we perform work, how will we know how we can improve?

The five principles of human performance are, in a sense, a repository of the central values of human performance. Keeping these principles at the core of our thinking, training, and practices will allow the basic building blocks of this philosophy to help organizational programs reduce the normal philosophical drift that is present and predictable in all safety programs. Having these espoused principles keeps us all honest and keeps our human performance effort on track and successful.

©2019 Todd E Conklin (P)2019 Todd E Conklin

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Bien (that's French)

Todd, you mentioned the Oscar Wilde quote at the head & tail of the book. If you were to consider the organization (prisoner) as a whole as workers within a larger system (prison), what would that conversation look like (CEO the sharp end of a larger stick)? Worth a snippet of time in a future podcast...? Kudos on making this available to the Audibulls.

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Human Performance based programs are the future

This book along with Dr Conklin other book “PreAccident Investigation” will change the way we view and do safety.

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New eyes on Human performance

I liked the listen experience of this book.
The first and second principles agreeably amazed me, even if it is very closed to my management practice. Indeed peoples do make mistakes, and blaming seems so easy and world wide.
The News are full of people blaming leaders, countries, weather, economic, like Jim Rohn blaming checklist. It’s really easy to blame that think about the solution.
As a quality improvement expert, I was also very interested by the principle about learning and improving, which makes sense to me. Indeed as learning is intentional, improvement also need a good dose of motivation. The DEMING improvement approach promote learning process with field workers. I also like that workers are the solution not the problem, which is what DEMING promoted

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Very informative

It was a pleasure to listen to his views and knowledge a worthwhile listening experience!

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Excellent info - bad reader, stupid politics

If you are a leader or manager read this... the author reads his book but stutters and lacks smooth delivery. He also starts the book with a very politically charged and misinformed statement which was a turn off.

The principles are legit, valid and will make you a better leader.

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keep your political beliefs to yourself.

I respect your great work on HSE. I didn't buy your book to hear about your political beliefs. I bought your book to learn how the human' mind works so I could help people work safer and have a better life.

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Great Addition To The Topic

Todd does it again! Excellent work! I love how you distilled it down and made it practical at every level.

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Very good approach to human performance

At the beginning I almost left the book because of the political rant related to the border issue. The author does not have a clear understanding of the complex issue of border security, nor have knowledge about the number of simulated families using abused kids as tools.
I decided to keep listening to the book and it was worthwhile.

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A must read!

A fantastic book on human organisational performance concepts that is essential for organisations and so fun to read. This book makes this world a better and safer place.

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  • 05-28-20

Poor narration

The overall substance of the book is good. Good examples and discussions on the principles. Unfortunately, the narration was quite poor. Awkward pauses that did not make sense, which weakened the effectiveness of the messages. I will look to the physical book to see if it reads better but overall, it was slightly painful to listen to.

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  • Curious Cailín
  • 06-08-19

A must read for all safety professionals...

This book is brilliant. I love the way Todd tweaked the original HOP Principles taking on board the principles of Safety Differently. So much is changing in our VUCA world, we need to ensure our practice reflects what is emerging from research. Using outdated approaches is hurting our employees & our businesses, reading this book & implementing these principles can only have a positive effect all round. Fantastic read...

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  • Paul Rutter
  • 11-10-21

Well worth a listen.

enjoyed, I will however, need to listen a number of times to understand totally

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-21

Don't narrate your own book Todd

Useful and educational, but really needs a better narrator, difficult to get through to the end.

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  • JONATHAN WORKMAN
  • 02-08-21

listen to all his books

I know he bashes on about Sidney Dekker, but Todd is so much better at painting a safety picture that managers will understand. I have to listen to his books a few times, just to catch everything. every business leader working in a high risk industry should get his books.