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If you do just one thing a month to change the safety mind-set, in one year you will have done 12 things to raise safety awareness. Every month you will receive one such SAFETY TIP.

Start Listening To and Serving Your Employees

As leaders we should stop hiding:

picture depicting Stop hiding behind the excuse of no time

  • Behind our desks with the numbers, spreadsheets, graphs and reports
  • In meetings and the board room
  • Behind excuses(1) and blaming
  • In fancy cars and smart suits
  • Behind titles and positions on an organogram
  • Behind the Number 1 reason – I don’t have time

Invest time to make time in the long run.

The best advice I can give you comes from my book Life EduAction(1):

“When you no longer push the buttons or use the tools,
you should become a servant to those who do!”

— Jürgen Tietz


“I walk around and see my people, because just to walk around and dare to be strong, dare to give, is much more valuable than any decision I could make or any report I could read.
What I give away is mental health to the organization.
The most unproductive time we have is when we sit at our desks, because the only thing we do is read history:
what has already happened, what we cannot do anything about.
When we leave our offices and start to walk around and talk to people, that’s when we make things happen.
You give your thoughts; you get thoughts back;
you draw conclusions; perhaps you even make decisions.”

— Jan Carlzon, CEO of SAS

Manage On Your Feet and Not On Your Seat

People need to see you and be able to interact with you, there where the rubber hits the road.

Schedule a routine where you set aside at least 5 hours a week to “Walk Your Talk”(1) and ask and listen to hear what your people are saying – then put that into action. This is over and above formal audits.


(1)    From Life EduAction by Jürgen Tietz :

        – “Kill the In Tray” and the Excuse List
        – Richard Macheve’s “Spiral Chiller”
        – “Walk Smarter, not Harder”

(2)    Through the Eyes of the People


Get loads more SAFETY TIPS when you buy my KNOCK-OUT SAFETY TIPS! CD from my DIY SAFETY COOL TOOL™ range of products. More info available here.


As always, I welcome your comments and feedback!

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