The Nerd Factor and Safety

In the National Football League (NFL), there’s a term bantered about by owners, management, coaches, and scouts – it’s “the nerd factor.”  In the NFL, it’s a positive term because it often translates into success.  Athletes who have “it” are dependable, smart, and strong.  I won’t mention names, but some of the best players in the league are labeled as nerds. In safety, we need to tap into workers who are both followers and leaders.  Many can help us take safety performance to a new level.  And many of these workers have the nerd factor and simply need a little

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Are Your Safety Efforts Like Watching a Movie Trailer Or Casting the Plot?

I live near a special effects school.  Every time I pass, it reminds me of the dramatic movie trailers we often watch at theatres before we view the show we paid to see.  Trailers are full of great visuals and entice us to watch the entire movie.   On the outside, and from a distance, many organizations are like movie trailers. They’re attractive, but full of warts and wrinkles and challenges on the inside.  This becomes especially true the longer we hang around.  As a safety professional, throughout my 32-year career, I’ve seen many organizations and their movie trailers, but also

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Safety Influence in Tight Windows

I was in Atlanta last week for a conference and was having breakfast off the lobby area.  The omelet man working nearby was doing what he does best.  At a glance, I saw that he started talking to a young woman who was getting breakfast to go.  The omelet man was obviously attracted and he quickly moved the conversation from small talk to asking for her number.  He wasted no time and his efforts made for some hilarious banter between the three of us.  Really funny stuff! Our parting comments revolved around the fact that you have to move quickly,

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