Teddy Roosevelt on Safety Influence

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” Contemporary research suggests that we can better influence the safety-related opinions, attitudes, and actions of others when we have a large degree of expertise and trustworthiness.  In other words, credibility helps leaders become more persuasive.  However, the individual who is trusted, is more influential than the person who is not trusted; even though he or she may be viewed as an expert.  Interesting, isn’t it?  The bottom line – when it comes to influencing safety-related attitudes and actions, trust is more important

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Dunder Mifflin and Your Safety Teams

There’s a quote from the TV Sitcom, The Office and Steve Carell who stars as Michael Scott, Regional Manager of the Dunder Mifflin Scranton Branch that goes something like this, “Yes, I love teamwork because that means I don’t have to take all the blame.”  Teams can make a real difference in your own safety success but it requires that everyone contribute. But please don’t hurry your teams along ― your organization has to be ready and well prepared to make the leap. Safety teams can’t flourish and succeed without the right dynamics, support, knowledge, and shared responsibilities. 1.  Team

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Apathy and Safety – Don’t Lose Them Now

About 15 years ago, I read an important engagement story regarding a line worker with a major automotive manufacturer in the United States. The story evolved from an organizational push to gain more involvement from their workers at a time when it was critical.  An employee spoke up somewhere along the way and stated, “You used my body for 40 years and paid me well, but you could have used my mind for free and chose not to use it.”  Sadly some organizations remain stuck in such a position when it comes to worker engagement and advancing safety. Over 25

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Go, Get, and Grow for Safety

Many organizational leaders don’t spend nearly enough time with their workers.  Yes, I know we’re busier than ever but there’s nothing more important than the investment of time you make with your people.  I strongly believe that 20 minutes a day with your workers will prove its worth many times over, so let’s get going. Go.  Spend quality time with workers in their environment.  Get to know them personally and get dirty with them.  As Jack Welch has stated, you have to learn to “wallow with your people.”  As leaders, when we spend important time with others, we can find

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