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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””

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”

A Safety Commitment to “Be Kind”

Often when I conduct workshops or give presentations, I ask the participants to make a commitment. A public display of commitment is powerful. A public commitment says to your coworkers that you can hold me accountable for this activity. I try to guide them to make specific commitments that are relevant to job or off-the-jobContinue reading “A Safety Commitment to “Be Kind””

Work Hard, Play Hard: 6 Success Factors for Achieving an Impossible Goal

What does it take to achieve an impossible goal? And why pursue an impossible goal? After all, by definition, it is, well…impossible. To answer the “why” question first, if you are interested to know what you are capable of achieving, then set an impossible goal. What does an impossible goal look like? Some safety andContinue reading “Work Hard, Play Hard: 6 Success Factors for Achieving an Impossible Goal”

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