Look What I Found!

I was in my workshop recently searching for a set of plans for a bat house. I like to wood work on occasion. I know I had them but didn’t have any luck. I did find my collection of pins from my Delta Air Lines days. Among those pins was this beauty. It’s the Circle of Safety pin. I looked for it when I was writing the chapter on praise for my book Selling Safety, but couldn’t find it. Of course, I find it after my book comes out. I used to carry a pocket full of these pins and when I saw a specific behavior, I gave the employee the pin and thanked them for that specific behavior. I explained why that particular behavior was important. The employee didn’t waste a moment before proudly display

“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, have negative connotations. How we sound and look have a bigger influence on the receiver’s perception of safety. We don’t need to work harder to change that perception, but we do need to work smarter. Especially now that the COVID-19 pandemic has turned many safety meetings from face to face to virtual. Here are 3 things to think about whether you are in

Being Safe is Risky

Being safe is risky. I know that sounds odd coming from a 25 year safety professional. Before you start throwing stones, hear me out. Safety pros are expected to have the latest facts and figures, but we also have an opportunity to step up as a leader by understanding the organization, culture, mission, values and finances, by understanding the current environment and providing options that move the organization forward. In a broader sense, we are all leaders in our own capacity regardless of our role on or off the job, or where we sit in the organization chart. We all have the capability, but we have to choose to exercise our capability as a leader. Choosing to be a leader is situational. T

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 the greatest opportunities to improve, grow and thrive.” Today, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic that characteristic is underscored. It’s the leader with humility that is documenting their actions and reactions, what worked, and what didn’t, what they would do differently. They see in the pandemic a need to step up as a leader who learns and shares. H

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