Hello all. I just wanted to issue and “extra” on the blog this week to tell you about some exciting things that I hope you find valuable and will share with your network.
But before I get into that, ISHN listed two of my blog posts as among the most provocative of 2013, so a big thank you to all of you who have supported me for so long, and a big welcome to those of you who have just discovered the blog and are now loyal readers. Because I don’t advertise (most bloggers make their money by taking ads from Google or some other search engine who then drive traffic to the blog; I made a conscious decision to keep my blog advertisement free to protect the integrity of the content. If I made money doing this I’m afraid I might (perhaps subconsciously) start to self-censor and I don’t think any of you want that) I don’t see anywhere near the number of readers that most blogs do so it’s a real thrill to see so many respected safety professionals and the safety media reading my blog. Not that you should, but if you wanted to help spread the word about my not-so-humble-but-little-nonetheless blog you can do so in a number of ways by clicking one of the share buttons below, liking a post, or by rating a post (the highest rated posts are then promoted by WordPress.com)
First of all, Dr. Paul Marciano’s follow up to Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work, SuperTeams: Using the Principles of RESPECT™ to Unleash Explosive Business Performance is due out on April 18, 2014 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon. Dr. Marciano sent me a pre-release copy for review and I have to tell you it is pretty fantastic. I like Marciano’s work because unlike a lot of folks from the Ivory Tower of Academia, Paul has a practical, common-sense approach and a conversational writing style that is really inviting. I pre-ordered my copy yesterday (I know, I know, I already HAVE a copy, but despite my being a completely digital author I’m old-school when it comes to books, I like to have something that I can take with me and read where ever I want).
In my review of his first book, I said that the most important book on worker safety of the 21st century may already have been written, and it’s not a book about safety. The idea that companies need to build worker engagement (that tendency of workers to do the right thing simply because it’s the right thing to do) to improve all aspects of the business seemed particularly important to making a safer workplace. Engagement at all levels has huge implications and any safety professional worth his or her salt should be as much of an expert as possible. In “Teams” Marciano takes the theories detailed in first book and shows how they can be put into practice. I would get a copy for every supervisor in the company (and in case your wondering, I don’t have a financial stake in this, or any stake at all for that matter, I just think this is a very important work), but that’s just me.
His first book went international best seller fairly quickly so I recommend getting a copy quick.
Speaking Gigs You Might Not Want To Miss
My company (well as a parnter, a very small part of it is mine, but I still like saying that) Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is sponsoring a breakfast workshop on March 13, 2014 in Southfield, MI, USA (near Detroit). The theme of this particular session is Moving Forward: Improving EHS Performance. I will be sharing the podium with three of my most talented ERM colleagues and each of us will address a different element of Environmental, Safety, and Sustainability. We will also have a “hot topics” session which I am really looking forward to. My presentation will be Does Your Safety Culture Foster Strong Performance, but you won’t want to miss any of them. There is no cost for this but space is limited and these events (which by the way ERM sponsors all over the world, except Antartica) fill up really fast, so if you’re interested you will want to register ASAP. For more details follow this link:
And speaking of speaking, I will be presenting Your Mother Doesn’t Work Here: Why Housekeeping Matters at the 75th National Safety Council’s Texas Safety Conference and Expo on April 1, 2010 in Galveston, TX it’s at 8:00 in the morning but if I have to be up, why shouldn’t you? If you can and do make it, stop by and say hi.
I’ve presented here before and it’s a great event. While it’s a regional show it tends to have the feel and quality of an international event. Here is a link to the article I wrote for Fabricating & Metalworking on the same subject:
For more information:
April is just around the corner and that means the Michigan Safety Conference isn’t far off. This year it is in Lansing, MI and I will be presenting Why We Violate The Rules on Tuesday April 15, 2014 at 10:05 a.m.
This presentation is also based on one of my articles:
and for more information on the Michigan Safety Conference:
I’m trying to use Twitter more effectively which means that I need to do a better job of scaring up followers, if you would like to follow me on Twitter I have two accounts Philladuke and Workersafetynet. I’d appreciate any help you can give me in this regard.
Health & Safety International magazine
I have an article coming out in the April 2014 edition of the UK-based Health & Safety International magazine. For an online peak, check out: http://www.bay-publishing.com/newsstand.php but you’ll have to wait until April for my article.
Also in April, I will have an article published in Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN), the working title is “The Rise Of the Self-Loathing Safety Professional” and it is sure to raise some hackles. Look for it at http://www.ishn.com/ and be sure and let the editor, Dave Johnson know what you think.
Bad news for those of you hoping to see me at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) national conference; they shot down my last two abstracts, and I’ve decided these two would indeed be my last two submissions for ASSE consideration. This has been a long time coming and for a lot of reasons. First of all, participating is all at the speaker’s expense and for the priviledge of speaking at ASSE one recieves a complimentary admission to the show. The show tends to be in June which is when I am in greatest demand as a speaker and it’s fairly busy for me as a consultant so I end up turning down business year after year to keep a slot open for a gig that doesn’t materialize. That was in large measure why I was forced to pull out of an engagement at Loss 2010, and I’ve regretted that move. Loss 2010 is far more prestigious and this particular event was in Brugges so I feel like I missed out in favor or ASSE. At some point one just has to cut one’s losses.
National Safety Council Safety Conference and Expo
I am waiting to hear from the selection committee from the NSC, for abstracts I submitted for its October show in San Diego. If you haven’t attended this conference in the past you don’t know what you’re missing. The NSC tends to be a truly international event and draws speakers, exhibitors, and attendees from all over the world. I’m told that they are seriously interested in several of my abstracts and I hope to be on the podium there (I have exhibited 9 times at the NSC in the past 10 years, so here’s hoping that’s a good sign.) For information on the NSC conference: http://www.congress.nsc.org/nsc2014/public/enter.aspx
I will be guest lecturing this summer at Tulane in New Orleans but the details aren’t quite gelled so watch this space for more info.
Similarly I have agreed to guest lecture at Cooley Law School but I am just in the preliminary stages of discussion.
I typically do guest lectures at universities pro bono, so if you are associated with a university who might like me to guest lecture, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 saw me doing more and more keynote speeches for private companies. Typically I am asked to address leadership meetings, safety summits, etc. but I am just about willing to do anything this side of children’s parties. If you see a speech that I am making that you are interested in, but cannot attend, you should consider having me in to one of your organization’s meetings. Again, just drop me a line at email@example.com or call me at 313.244.2525
Consulting & Safety Services
Okay, this is as close to an ad as I’m going to have, but if you like what you read here and think you might find working with me of some benefit consider work with ERM. ERM has 140 offices in 40 countries and over 6,000 top professionals in Environmental services, Health and Safety support, and Sustainbility services. ERM provides the full spectrum of services in all these areas; quite simply we may not be the biggest, but we’re the best.
Check us out at: www.erm.com
I guess that’s it for now, as you can see there’s a lot of exciting things going on and I am thrilled to be a part of them. Thanks again to all of you for your support.