Oftentimes, many of us like to discuss safety influence at the supervisory level where much can be accomplished to keep workers safe. But like you, I’ve seen what subtle actions can do when it comes to influence from the top – both good and bad.
In recent days, I’ve been thinking a great deal about humility. Oftentimes humility seems to become more prominently displayed when one is hurt, challenged, or broken in some way. On the other hand, I can’t help but think of the very best leaders I work with on a regular basis. Most are curious and open to learn. Where did that start? Where did it begin?
If you were paying attention to the news recently, you’d realize that more recent space history was written. SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully completed a food and cargo mission to the International Space Station, and returned a first stage rocket on a drone platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
In late March I attended the Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo in Indianapolis. I also spent time with my former West Virginia University (WVU) teammate and longtime friend, Oliver Luck. He was Academic All-America at WVU. Oliver is also a former NFL quarterback and well-respected sports executive who is now second in charge with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
I recently heard a saying that I really like, “the dog with the bone is always in danger.” Most all of us have a “golden dog-bone” within our organizations – whether it be sales numbers, market share, profit numbers, new product alignment, employee turnover rates, quality, productivity, and yes, safety performance indicators.
I’ve been speaking about this for years. I feel strongly that we are made to be touched. Hey, I even like to hug! Yes, I like to reach out and hug people - touch people and shake a hand. That comes naturally within my family and with many of my friends.
Coach Nick Saban just won another NCAA Football Championship and may soon be regarded as the greatest college football coach of all-time. He‘s now won four championships at the University of Alabama and one at Louisiana State University. That’s a pretty big deal!
As a child, I loved watching the cartoon show and character, Popeye. Most memorable are the fits Popeye would take when he lost patience with someone or was frustrated by something. But before he took extreme action, he'd typically say, in his own peculiar way, “Enoughs is enoughs and I can’t takes it no more!”
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.