Blue Threat

“The challenge of human error must be untangled in a private battle within each individual. This is true because in high achievers, human error and personal weakness is secret and sacred ground; at least until the accident investigators and lawyers show up after the fall.” 

Dr. Tony Kern​, Blue Threat, Why to Err is Inhuman, 2009​


Program Overview

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Blue Threat

  • Identifying conditions of Blue Threats

  • Reducing human error


  • Online Training

  • Live Webinar

  • Custom Program

What is a Blue Threat?

Based on the book Blue Threat: To Err is Inhuman, by our CEO Dr. Tony Kern, The Blue Threat is the internal threat—the one that human error poses to your personal, programmatic, or organizational mission. Errors and their consequences are not predestined elements of fate. They are the product of internal and external conditions that can be seen and controlled in advance by people operating in real-time environments, if they're armed with the right body of knowledge, tools and techniques.

Identifying Threats: Personal Fingerprint of Error

During research and implementation of the initial Blue Threat program with the US Marine Corps, Dr. Kern and his colleagues discovered something interesting that proved to be a critical breakthrough. People, as unique individuals, have a unique and personal “fingerprint of error” that extends beyond the workplace. By teaching individuals how to discover and counter their error fingerprint in areas of personal interest (hobbies, family life, etc.), individual self-awareness was dramatically increased, workplace errors were reduced, and outcomes quickly became better. This has been the cornerstone of the Blue Threat program’s success ever since.

In fact, the Blue Threat approach to error control and mitigation has proven to be one of the few programs that has been able to demonstrate the power to change behaviors both on and off the job. This program focuses on a few of the most insidious thieves of human performance, such as: fatigue, time pressure, normalization of deviance, distraction, poor communication, and mental biases—but beware, there are far more.

Whether you're looking to improve your personal performance in a hobby or specialty, or your company needs this training for all your employees, the way this program combines information and inspiration based on the unique differences between people has resonated across international cultures and functional areas.

Dr. Tony Kern SQ

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