May 19

Safety Isn’t Number One!

How Safety Leaders work with the corner office

Take the following quiz about your person in the corner office. In the last ten presentations given by your CEO, what was the main topic? Next, if you looked at the agenda presented at your company’s most recent board of director meeting, what would be the primary focus? Finally, if you looked at your CEO’s calendar this week, what is the purpose or topic in the majority of his/her meetings? Read the rest of this entry »

May 19

Not Another Safety Meeting!

Making Sense and Getting Results out of Safety Meetings

“I have heard many sermons,” a man once said about attending church, “and I have even listened to a few!” While this may or may not hold true for church, it certainly holds true for safety meetings. I have witnessed it time after time; our workers drag themselves into the weekly safety meeting, sit in the same place, hear the same person talk on a topic, then go to work. All the while, the Manager is looking on wondering what return she is getting for the investment. Our people may be listening, but more times than not, they do not hear! Read the rest of this entry »

May 19

Managing the Desert Island

Ten Ideas When Safety Professionals Find Themselves All Alone

When it comes to safety in your organization, have you ever felt like it was you against the world? Recently, I received an email from a client. I could tell from the ‘tone’ of the email that she was in need of support. We arranged a conference call. It was on the call that she told me ‘the story.’ She was a safety professional for a medium sized manufacturer. Over the last few years, her attempt to move safety forward had been met on a number of levels with resistance. Her budget was thin. Support for ideas, products and programs was thinner. It was a ‘check the box’ culture, and no more. It was near the end of the conversation that I asked, “Do you feel like it’s you against the world?” With a long sigh she quietly murmured, “Yes.” Read the rest of this entry »

May 19

How to Launch!

Safety Lessons Learned from Apollo 11

“That’s one small step for man,” Neil Armstrong said from the lunar surface on July 20, 1969, “One giant leap for mankind,” Of course I studied this phrase in school but only now, some four decades removed from Apollo 11’s mission to the moon, begin to fully understand just how big of an accomplishment this was and still is. Norm Mailer, being overwhelmed by the experience later wrote that Apollo 11 was, “Mankind having found a way to talk to God.” Author C. Clark who wrote the book, 2001, The Space Odyssey said, “At liftoff, I cried for the first time in 20 years and prayed for the first time in 40 years.” Read the rest of this entry »

May 19

Far Forward Safety

Where Leaders Dare to Go…

Dr. Jadick was anxious. It was the evening of November 8th, 2004 and Jadick was the Battalion Surgeon for the 1st Battalion 8th Marine regiment. His Marines, along with other Marines and military personnel would be moving against the strongest insurgence of the war, those holding out in Fallujah. In mere hours he would be treating wounded, seriously wounded. Jadick knew this would probably be the most brutal urban fighting Marines had experienced since Vietnam. As with any medical professional about to be presented with major traumas, Jadick was anxious about his own ability. Would he be able to handle each case, what about his pace of work if there are multiple seriously wounded? How would his Corpsmen do, and did he prepare them well enough? Yet, there was an overarching concern that Jadick had; he worried that his aid station was too far in the rear. It was a 45 minute ambulance ride away. In addition to his other fears, he really thought this time gap, between battlefield wound and professional care, 45 minutes, was too great. The answer to his questions was just hours away. Read the rest of this entry »

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