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Art Fettig's Monday Morning Memo 
March 6, 2017
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This is an article I wrote back in 2003. I’m often asked what I talked about back then. 

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...I discovered that about half way through a sentence as I was giving a speech...

I have often heard instructors say that they learn a whole lot more by teaching a subject than the students learn. I gave a three hour presentation in Buffalo recently and as I was speaking I suddenly discovered that I wasn't in the safety field at all. In fact, I guess I never was in the safety field, I just thought I was. I have always been in the people business. For over a half a century now I have been trying to figure out what makes people tick. 

Disturbed by our railroad's horrendous safety record I set out to find ways to change behavior and to improve attitudes. I also worked at helping people communicate with one another better. Does any of this sound like safety to you? 

What I discovered again and again working with hundreds of safety leaders at national conferences, with major corporations nationwide and worldwide was that if you can help people improve their behavior, their attitudes and their communication skills, then you will suddenly wake up one morning and discover that you have made breakthroughs when it comes to safety. 

Now I discovered that about half way through a sentence as I was giving a speech. I had wandered quite a distance from what people generally consider a safety speech. I had nothing on the 5 or 6 or 7 E's of safety. Education, Engineering, Equipment, Enforcement of rules, Ergonomics, Environment, E Gads - you know - the stuff that we all work on in safety. I found myself talking about Mary Poppins and the fact that in any job that's to be done has an element of fun, find it and Zap, the jobs a breeze... That is, finding enjoyment in our work. I work a lot safer when I am enjoying what I am doing. 

And I talked about Bloody Mary from the stage play South Pacific. She sang, "You've got to have a dream, if you don't have a dream, how you going to make that dream come true?" And, of course, my dream as always was Zero Injuries. Nobody gets hurt on the job. 

I didn't talk about Processes and Audits and I didn't even mention OSHA. So there. And when I shook hands with the audience as they were leaving the hall they all thanked me. They didn't tell me what a great speaker I was or how much they had learned but they said "Thank you," and I knew that they got the message...Work harder because it is required today. Take responsibility for your own safety and that of your fellow worker. You are somebody special. 

Everybody but a few engineers in the back row caught on. (Sorry about that.)

Say Something Good
Hillsborough has more Art Galleries in town than Carters has little liver pills.  (That is one of my older smilies.)  Anyway, we sure do have a lot of them. Art Galleries that is.  Margaret Lane Gallery just hosted its opening reception this past weekend with its Butterflies To Train exhibit. I look forward to a visit. Our mayor in town has his own gallery. Most of the old shops downtown are now either restaurants or galleries and creativity in its many forms thrives. Hardly a week passes now that an author resident doesn't release a new novel or such.  Some say it is a side effect of our water supply. Personally, since I moved to this area near the turn of the century hardly a day passes that I don't spend hours writing.  It is a pure joy for me. My creativity soars.  I just hope they don't mess with our water supply.  May God Bless America and bring us world peace. 

Points To Ponder
The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it. Stephen Covey

A Little Humor
Officer: "Soldier, do you have change for a dollar?"
Soldier: "Sure buddy."
Officer: "That is no way to address an officer? Now let's try it again. "Soldier, do you have change for a dollar?"
Soldier. ""No, Sir!"

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. Anne Bradstreet

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