Set the Example

I ran across this poem recently for the first time in many years. I first read it in Scott Geller’s book The Psychology of Safety published in 1996. It’s bulletin board worthy for anyone who supervises, leads or coaches people. The eye’s a better teacher and more willing than the ear; Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear; And the best of all the preachers are the ones who live their creeds. For to see the good in action is what everyone needs. I can soon learn how to do it if you let me see it done; I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run; And the lectures you deliver may be very wise and true. But I’d rather get my lesson by watching what you do.

Safety is Like Fishing III

I’ve been fishing for almost two hours at one of my favorite spots and haven't had a bite. But that’s OK because I have a book full of excuses I can use; "the fish just weren’t biting," "the water temperature was too warm," "the wind was blowing too hard" or "it was the wrong time of day." I suppose if I had prepared and found out where the fish were and what they were biting, I might have better luck. Safety is like that. We implement plans, procedures and training programs. Then we pat ourselves on the back for a successful implementation and sit back and wait. When nothing happens over the course of a few weeks or maybe a couple of months, we assume our plan is working. Then seemingly out

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