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New Year’s Goal Setting?

  I have never been a big new year’s resolution person, but I do like to use the end of the year as an opportunity to reflect and do three things: Be grateful for what I have. Be grateful for what I have. Recognize and feel good about my accomplishments, however small. Adjust my goals,Continue reading “New Year’s Goal Setting?”

My 8 Gallon Pin, How the American Red Cross Keeps Me Engaged

I’ve been giving blood through the American Red Cross for a long time. I’m in pretty good health and feel fortunate that I am able to give. The cool thing is that the Red Cross doesn’t take me for granted. They engage me in a way that shows appreciation for my efforts and my contributionContinue reading “My 8 Gallon Pin, How the American Red Cross Keeps Me Engaged”

“Safety is Boring”

Is safety boring or dry? No doubt, safety can be a tough sell. There are many reasons employees including senior leaders view safety as boring or dry, but often the problem is how we as safety professionals, operations managers, and supervisors talk about safety. Even the words we use, think audit, inspection, investigation, and violation,Continue reading ““Safety is Boring””

Humility is a Leadership Characteristic

The most successful leaders have a humble view of themselves. They recognize their own strengths and weaknesses. They listen carefully because they understand they have something to learn (and sometimes relearn) from everyone and every situation big and small. “It is through great loss and sometimes even great tragedy that teams and businesses have theContinue reading “Humility is a Leadership Characteristic”

The Zero Injury Debate

The big debate in safety circles is always about zero. That debate surfaced again last week with the passing of Paul O’Neil. You may remember him as the Treasury Secretary for George W. Bush. Safety Professionals remember him as the CEO of Alcoa in the late 90’s and early 2000’s who lead with safety andContinue reading “The Zero Injury Debate”

My First Book – Selling Safety, Lessons From a Former Front Line Supervisor

Almost three years ago my youngest daughter wrote these messages on the whiteboard in my home office. I was unemployed for the second time in less than two years and she sensed that I was out of sorts, to say the least. I blogged about it on April 17, 2017, 12 Surprising Leadership Lessons IContinue reading “My First Book – Selling Safety, Lessons From a Former Front Line Supervisor”

The Art of Safety Part II Safety Leadership and Culture Change

In a previous blog, I talked about the two (2) sides of safety: The technical side and the soft skills side, or as I called it, the art of safety. The technical side establishes our credibility and opens doors to conversations about hazard identification and injury prevention. The art of safety is the soft skillsContinue reading “The Art of Safety Part II Safety Leadership and Culture Change”

The Art of Safety – Safety Leadership and Culture Change

My professional and personal development plan includes attending at least one national conference and one regional conference every year. I attended Safety 2018 in San Antonio and the Georgia SHE conference in Savannah last year. I always come away more energized because I expand my technical knowledge, I get to hang out with like-minded safetyContinue reading “The Art of Safety –
Safety Leadership and Culture Change”

Games, Gimmicks and Giveaways

Dan Peterson’s 10 Basic Principles of Safety, Principle #3 An employee safety bulletin board caught my eye recently. More specifically, it was the bingo card that stood out in the middle of the board. When I asked the operation’s manager about it, he gushed at how they use bingo to manage safety. Dan Peterson’s 10Continue reading “Games, Gimmicks and Giveaways”

What’s Your Personal Safety Reputation?…It Matters!

We often make purchases based on the vendor’s reputation. A reputation that’s often spread by word of mouth. Safety works in the same way. Front-line employees often buy safety from their supervisor based on the supervisor’s personal “safety” reputation. Here are three fundamental principles to follow to build the foundation for a strong personal safetyContinue reading “What’s Your Personal Safety Reputation?…It Matters!”

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