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...

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...

At 21, I started my first full time job at Delta Air Lines. It was a dream come true to work in the airline industry at that time. My job? I was a janitor. I cleaned bathrooms. I cleaned the same 3 bathrooms, twice a day in one of the hangars in Atlanta.  Some might say that was a demotion from my p...

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 I Learned...

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 t...

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 knowle...