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By: Kris S. Callen



“Commit to Safe and Efficient Operations” is a road-map (recipe) for transforming your organization, division or team’s safety culture. After reading this book, you should not only believe that transforming your culture is possible, but you will be armed with the practical knowledge to do so.

It’s time to trade Safety vs Performance attitudes for a Safety AND Performance mindset. Both are operational objectives. Safety and Efficiency must become one as we continue to deliver operations that are safe for our workforce and deliver outstanding operational performance that maximize a return to our shareholders.

A popular Operations Vice President was addressing his crews when he revealed this truth about the oil field culture. “Most of you in this room know me or have heard of me. When I was coming up through the organization, I got promoted because I took risks and got the job done. In fact, I did it so well they made me a Vice President. The only way I still have my job today is that I had to change. I would be fired today for the same behaviors that got me promoted five years ago.”

Features and Benefits

  • Philosophy
  • Management Commitment
  • Core Management Systems
  • Implementing Change


  • Company Management
  • Engineering
  • Superintendent
  • Field Professional
  • Foreman

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Kris's Bio

After 20 years of working with clients involved in high-risk operations around the globe, Kris founded The Callen Group in April 2017 in order to focus solely on developing and promoting high-performing operational cultures that lead to safe and efficient operations.

He founded Performance Coaching International, served as president from 2005 – 2009, was Senior Vice President at The REACH Group from 2009 – 2017, and is a highly respected Senior Leadership and Safety Facilitator. In addition, he was highly involved in the mergers of Global Marine and SantaFe, Hercules, and TODCO as well as Talisman’s North Sea Operations transfer from Total. Kris remains on the cutting edge of advances in the area of behavioral safety, predominately in the Oil and Gas Sector.

Kris’ career has taken him to 90 countries training over 35,000 people. He has been intimately involved with the development and implementation of Behavioral Safety Processes with Enterprise Offshore, Orion Drilling, Hercules Offshore, as well as the former GlobalSantaFe which is now Transocean. In 2019 Kris authored the book “Commit to Safe and Efficient Operations” published by PennWell. This book outlines a clear roadmap for bringing many cultures together and simplifying the safety tools that are used day in and out.

Kris holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees from Belhaven University, Jackson Mississippi, in Accounting and in Business Administration. He is passionate about creating a performance culture where safety and efficiency go hand in hand. He currently divides his time between Lafayette, Louisiana, Tampa, Florida, and Houston, Texas, and has four grown sons: Braxton, Taylor, Joshua, and Noah.