I Can to We Can – A Big Part of Safety Advancement

Dan, a safety leader with a major utility company on the west coast was preparing to introduce me. I was about to speak to one of his groups regarding the need for everyone to step up and be a leader — a safety coach. Suddenly, I realized that Dan was talking about something very important. No, it wasn’t my background as a consultant, coach, or speaker. Dan was talking about teamwork, community, and the belief that alone, no one individual could help the group reach higher levels of safety achievement. But together, if they believed in each other, looked after

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Beware of The Golden Boy Effect and Safety

“Oh – he’s Lou’s ‘golden boy.’  You better stay away and pick your battles.”  I was 25 years old and working for one of the largest airlines in the world when I first heard the term golden boy.  I quickly understood and experienced what it meant.  Today I see the harmful effects of the “golden boy glow” in clearer ways especially when it comes to improving safety performance. A golden boy is someone, often a senior leader, or favored individual who is protected from closer organizational scrutiny because of their education, knowledge, position, or special relationship to others in positions

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Safety Consistency Is Critical and Takes Support

Since I’ve been on a bit of a baseball theme I need to re-visit my thoughts on one of baseball’s finest.  Stan “The Man” Musial is considered one of baseball’s greatest players ever. He’s from my hometown of Donora, Pa. We both attended Donora High School and Stan was a good boyhood friend of my father. Stan’s the pride of Donora, Pennsylvania!  Stan was elected to Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1969 and is recognized as one of baseball’s finest gentlemen.  He’s also one of the most consistent players ever to step on a baseball field.  Several years

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