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When to Call a Time-Out!

So, when might someone need to stop the job? When should someone call a Time-Out? There are many variables involved and thousands of different situations that Time-Out can be utilized.

Some examples are when you see an at-risk behavior, when someone doesn’t fully understand or feel comfortable proceeding. Sometimes it is not even about safety. A job is not going well and we need to step back and rethink how we should proceed. If it doesn’t look right or feel right, then call a Time-Out.

Most of us at some point have experienced a gut feeling. You can’t quite put your finger on it but it just doesn’t seem right. Call Time-Out! While teaching a class, I was asked “is a gut feeling like a sixth sense?”. Before I could answer, a roustabout stepped up and said, “It’s really a whole lot of information we have in our head from our past experience and training that we just can’t put our finger on at that exact time” (these guys never cease to amaze me).

It has been my personal experience that gut feelings are deserving of a Time-Out.

This is an excerpt from my book ‘Commit to Safe and Efficient Operations’ you can get a copy here:

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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.