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  • 1. Safety Meeting Starters (SMS)June 2013Happy June! - -Safety Meeting Starters (SMS) is your FREE resources aimed to help you havemore effective tailgates, job briefings, and safety meetings. SMS features all types of safetyinformation for all types of industries including an Involved Safety Meeting Activity (ISMS), ideafor Safety Awareness Items, links to over fifty safety related articles, tools for safety pros, andmore. Feel free to route and share within your organization and network. Also, encourage yourfellow supervisors, managers and safety leaders to sign up to receive SMS. One may sign up at;http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001DHL4fuLXGflzE7hcsNgrelxok3NSWtKGC7SeHf8lIG9y5veytZfQ7ncQGIYShXsVPLiVpsEPMJN6MGSB1McQDdFGyF_EZkbJczlBx_b64IU%3DUtility Special! After Hurricane Sandy, I put together a set of job briefing stories utilities coulduse each morning before their crews went to work; stories to help raise safety awareness. Withthe recent tornados across all of the mid-west, I wanted to include that ‘kit’ here again. While itstill references Hurricane Sandy, you can modify it to fit your storm or need. Work Safe!http://www.safestrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Storm-Safety-Briefings_Sandy-2012_Rev-1.pdfThanks again and Remember, no one gets hurt today! God Bless, Matt.Why Wait for Safety Meeting Starters, instead get real time safety information through Matt’sTwitter feed. Follow Matt in June and receive a code for 50% off any one book in Matt’scollection (find Matt’s books here http://www.safestrat.com/review-and-order-safety-books/)and follow Matt on Twitter from this link: https://twitter.com/Safestrat or @safestrat.About Matt… Matt Forck is a board-certified Safety Professional (CSP) and former JourneyLineworker in the hazardous field of electrical line work (JLW). Matt’s recent innovationsinclude the development of the Safety Committee MAP process, a systematic process for safetycommittee success, and the Informal Leader Program aimed at engaging the true safety leaderswithin any organization. Matt has published nearly 100 safety articles and written seven booksincluding his latest release, What Safety Leaders Do. He is a frequentspeaker at national and regional safety conferences and leads corporatesponsored safety, motivational and culture building keynotepresentations. You may contact Matt through his website,www.safestrat.com. SMS are a FREE monthly newsletter to the safetycommunity.Matt Forck, CSP, JLW | www.safestrat.com | 573.999.7981
  • 2. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture!Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981Safety Strategies…for LIFE!2S.A.F.E. (See Accidents Forever Eliminated) at Work- A Motivational Safety Column!Keep Going for SafetyLarry Walters of Los Angeles is one of the few to contend for the Darwin Awards and live to tellthe tale. "I have fulfilled my 20-year dream," said Walters, a former truck driver for a companythat makes TV commercials. "Im staying on the ground. Ive proved the thing works."Larrys boyhood dream was to fly. But fates conspired to keep him from his dream. He joinedthe Air Force, but his poor eyesight disqualified him from the job of pilot. After he wasdischarged from the military, he sat in his backyard watching jets fly overhead.He hatched his weather balloon scheme while sitting outside in his "extremely comfortable"Sears lawn chair. He purchased 45 weather balloons from an Army-Navy surplus store, tiedthem to his tethered lawn chair, dubbed the Inspiration I, and filled the 4 diameter balloonswith helium. Then he strapped himself into his lawn chair with some sandwiches, Miller Lite,and a pellet gun. He figured he would pop a few of the many balloons when it was time todescend.Larrys plan was to sever the anchor and lazily float up to a height of about 30 feet above hisback yard, where he would enjoy a few hours of flight before coming back down. But thingsdidnt work out quite as Larry planned.When his friends cut the cord anchoring the lawn chair to his Jeep, he did not float lazily up to30 feet. Instead, he streaked into the L.A. sky as if shot from a cannon, pulled by the lift of 42helium balloons holding 33 cubic feet of helium each. He didnt level off at 100 feet, nor did helevel off at 1000 feet. After climbing and climbing, he leveled off at 16,000 feet.At that height he felt he couldnt risk shooting any of the balloons, lest he unbalance the loadand really find himself in trouble. So he stayed there, drifting cold and frightened with his beerand sandwiches, for more than 14 hours. He crossed the primary approach corridor of LAX,where Trans World Airlines and Delta Airlines pilots radioed in reports of the strange sight.Eventually he gathered the nerve to shoot a few balloons, and slowly descended. The hangingtethers tangled and caught in a power line, blacking out a Long Beach neighborhood for 20minutes. Larry climbed to safety, where he was arrested by waiting members of the LAPD. Ashe was led away in handcuffs, a reporter dispatched to cover the daring rescue asked him whyhe had done it. Larry replied nonchalantly, "A man cant just sit around."
  • 3. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture!Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981Safety Strategies…for LIFE!3The Federal Aviation Administration was not amused. Safety Inspector Neal Savoy said, "Weknow he broke some part of the Federal Aviation Act, and as soon as we decide which part it is,a charge will be filed." (1982-source unknown)I can’t make this stuff up…it happened! Sometimes in our work, ‘crazy’ things can happen too.When these things occur, our health and well-being will be determined by the safety rules wechose to follow, the PPE we wear, the procedures adhered to, etc. Work safe today so later youcan laugh at any weird and odd event that may have affected your safety.©2013-SafeStrat, LLC-All Rights ReservedStart Each Job Right!Tailgate-101 Proven Stories to Begin Each Job Strong and FinishSafe!In July, 2008, the tower industry was stunned by its seventhtragedy in as many months-this time a fatal fall in Florida. TheNational Association of Tower Erectors immediately called a‘stand down.’ During a nation-wide conference call with over 320of its members Don Doty, the Chairman, said, “Setting the tone ofthe day with a safety meeting will keep safety procedures fresh ineveryone’s minds. We want to make sure everyone goes homesafe at the end of the day, and five minutes could make all thedifference.” In other words-hold tailgates! Tailgates have beenaround forever, but how good are they? This innovative bookprovides proven tools to improve tailgates and safety meetings.Use these 101 Motivational Safety Stories to enhance a tailgate,safety meeting or training session. These stories can be sharedbefore a tailgate session to open the minds of the participantsPrice: $18.98 but use this code 7Z6F6DCK to save $3.00 per book, no limits.To Learn more or order click here; Order Tailgate or https://www.createspace.com/3421796
  • 4. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture!Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981Safety Strategies…for LIFE!4Safety Tidbits—the most information packed pages in safety!Quote of the month: (The website Addicted 2 Success published life lessons we should all know bythe age of 50. Below are some of my favorites, you can review them all from this link;addicted2success.com/success-advice/50-life-lessons-that-every-person-should-know-by-the-age-of-50).50 Life Lessons1. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.2. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.3. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay intouch.4. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.5. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.6. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab oursback.7. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.8. The best is yet to come.9. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.10.If you don’t ask, you don’t get.Safety, Leadership and Management Resources from June:Safety and Management News from Safestrat’s Twitter Feed - - why wait for the end of themonth Safety Meeting Starters when you can get near real time safety updates from my Twitterfeed! Join today; https://twitter.com/Safestrat or @safestrat.Update on 5 alarm fire and names of killed and injuried firefighters. Pray for them andtheir familes. http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=22472147 …Really?! Man accidentally shoots himself in Caseys General Store parking lothttp://www.abc17news.com/news/man-accidentally-shoots-himself-in-caseys-general-store-parking-lot/-/18421100/20367438/-/10s6rbd/-/index.html …
  • 5. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture!Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981Safety Strategies…for LIFE!5For you next tailgate! Worker hurt by fallingtree...http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/crime/x514114568/Preston-first-selectman-s-accident-being-probed-by-OSHA …Missouri woman mourns the loss of her husband, speaks to reporter;http://www.abc17news.com/news/mexico-missouri-woman-mourns-the-loss-of-her-husband/-/18421100/20353712/-/oewn4vz/-/index.html …Worker killed at Home Depot distribution center http://m.abc17news.com/news/home-depot-employee-killed-at-mexico-mo-distribution-center/-/19167438/20334670/-/hfakxoz/-/index.html …OSHA Investigating Industrial Accident that Killed 22-Year Old;http://www.kiiitv.com/story/22441319/osha-investigating-industrial-accident-that-killed-22-year-old …Man dead in Mississauga industrial accident :http://www.citynews.ca/2013/05/26/man-dead-in-mississauga-industrial-accident/#.UaPgw88fuIY.twitter … via @CityNewsCity pays $100,000 in court settlement for injured workerhttp://www.ottawacitizen.com/City+pays+court+settlement+injured+worker/8368015/story.html …A lesson in planning and communicating - - Worker killed by falling steel beam -http://nzh.tw/10884003More safety investigators urged after electrocution http://cbc.sh/AMWZ4gO“No job should cost a persons life because of an employers failure to properlyprotect...workers,” http://ehstoday.com/osha/following-investigation-worker-fall-and-death-osha-cites-phoenix-industrial-cleaning …How about this for Tuesdays Tailgate/Safety Meeting...Communication? Trains collide &destroy overpass; http://news.yahoo.com/mo-highway-buckles-rail-cars-hit-overpass-225548953.html …Company where worker was hurt in cement mixer has OSHA fineshttp://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/company-where-worker-was-hurt-in-cement-mixer-has-osha-fines-b9918333z1-208802801.html …OSHA Investigates Death At Simplot Fertilizer Plant http://bit.ly/10U9Hgl via @KBSX915
  • 6. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture!Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981Safety Strategies…for LIFE!6Lots of services this weekend for storm survivors across OK. Follow @redcrossokc orvisit http://newsroom.redcross.org/ for specific sites.Construction Worker Killed Identified; OSHA Investigating - Evanston, IL Patchhttp://evanston.patch.com/articles/construction-worker-killed-in-evanston-identified-osha-investigating …Oh lord... RT @NewsBreaker: BREAKING: The I-5 Bridge over the Skagit River in WAstate has collapsed. Cars are in the water - @komonewsNeed Safety Meeting or Tailgate Material? Maybe this will help; Alert and OrientedTimes Four http://soa.li/8050wicOutdoor workers: Protecting Yourself in the Sunhttp://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3166/osha3166.html … #OSHA PublicationUniversity of Oklahoma will be opening housing for displaced families. if you knowsomeone in need call 405-325-2511 #kocowx #MooreWorker killed after falling from roof of four story building in Halifaxhttp://www.ohscanada.com/news/worker-killed-after-falling-from-roof-of-four-storey-building-in-halifax/1002297713/ …Message from the Chair of NAOSH Week, Dawn Perrinhttp://csseblog.org/2013/05/05/message-from-the-chair-of-naosh-week-dawn-perrin/ …Worker in tuna plant trapped and cooked todeath...http://www.dailydemocrat.com/business/ci_23207635/comany-cited-after-worker-cooked-death-industrial-oven …OSHA investigates roof collapse: http://www.4029tv.com/news/arkansas/first-responders-on-scene-of-church-roof-collapse-in-jethro-ark/-/8897494/20070962/-/rxp8j9z/-/index.html …Trains collide, 60 injured. http://news.yahoo.com/conn-commuter-trains-collide-60-hospitals-015217741.html …Stay Safe in the Summer Sunhttp://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm352255.htm …Want a Leadership Culture? Try This. http://leadchangegroup.com/want-a-leadership-culture-try-this/ …
  • 7. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture!Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981Safety Strategies…for LIFE!7The Changing Organization of Work and the Safety and Health of Working Peoplehttp://go.usa.gov/26tR Pub 2002-116 - Follow @NIOSH-WSDFun story for a safety meeting...always have a plan--Firefighters rescue cop rescuing acat http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/firefighters-rescue-cop-tree-trying-rescue-cat-questions-143304363.html …Worker killed after falling from roof of four storey building in Halifaxhttp://www.ohscanada.com/news/worker-killed-after-falling-from-roof-of-four-storey-building-in-halifax/1002297713/ …Jefferson sawmill faces $79K in OSHA fineshttp://www.mainebiz.biz/article/20130507/NEWS0101/130509970 …Great message Dawn! RT @CSSE: Message from the Chair of NAOSH Week, Dawn Perrinhttp://buff.ly/11MmQu4Another reason to work safe...mom! A shout out thank you and appreciation to allmoms on this special day. Happy Mothers Day.Important for safety...preparing for critical conversations.http://leaderchat.org/2013/05/09/preparing-for-a-challenging-conversation/ …FOX35Melissa: Sad story on skydiver in DeLand who falls to his death. FAA investigatinglater today #fox35 http://dlvr.it/3LdnjzMay is National Electrical Safety Month. Protect yourself from electric shock with thesequick tips. - http://ow.ly/kKvk0A Zephyrhills man has invented a Quiet Zone device that prevents texting while drivinghttp://wfts.tv/YA3XvtAlgoma Tubes Inc. Fined $70,000 After Workers Injuredhttp://news.ontario.ca/mol/en/2013/05/algoma-tubes-inc-fined-70000-after-workers-injured.html …Safety Of Young Workers http://tinyurl.com/chlb3vx6 components of a great corporate culture http://s.hbr.org/10eLrFBWalking for families of workplace tragedyhttp://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/Walking+families+workplace+tragedy/8341790/story.html …
  • 8. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture!Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981Safety Strategies…for LIFE!8Trench Collapse takes life - - OSHA Investigates Fayetteville Construction Deathhttp://ozarksfirst.com/fulltext?nxd_id=803472 …Im the Boss! Why Should I Care If You Like Me? http://flip.it/nKyMyExcavation Safety Reminder! OSHA fines company for violation;http://leader.mainelymediallc.com/news/2013-05-03/Community_News/Excavation_violation_results_in_fine.html …"Five years later, Navarro was dead. The 37-year-old’s lungs had bled out." Risingconcern in poultry plantshttp://seattletimes.com/html/health/2020862149_poultrychemicalsxml.html …23 year old Bemidji mill worker dies when catwalk fallshttp://www.startribune.com/local/205261321.html …Short cuts tolerated & workers put at risk during post-Hurricane Sandy cleanuphttp://soa.li/in577VKHouston manufacturing plant cited by OSHA for failing to protect workershttp://www.yourhoustonnews.com/pasadena/news/houston-manufacturing-plant-cited-by-osha-for-failing-to-protect/article_7fe76517-9588-5b92-8294-24657db97b22.html#.UYUVqEjWmHA.twitter … via @ScoopHoustonFatigue management – getting a better night’s sleep http://tinyurl.com/bwa7qmjFive people injured after explosion at Magna plant in Newmarket, Ont. (The CanadianPress) http://flip.it/8RchBTruck loses trailer in Mississauga overpass crash http://flip.it/KF6UVWorker dies in lumber mill fallhttp://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/29/accident/worker-dies-in-lumber-mill-fall … via @mprnewsInteresting article on influence. I like the concept of an influence score!http://hbr.org/2013/05/what-would-ashton-do-and-does-it-matter/ar/1?utm_campaign=Socialflow&utm_source=Socialflow&utm_medium=Tweet…Worker #healthandsafety hazards: falls from heights http://bit.ly/i7L6uzOregon Worker Dies After Falling Into Meat Grinder - Food Safety Newshttp://dlvr.it/3Jj7BJ
  • 9. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture!Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981Safety Strategies…for LIFE!9SAI - - Safety Awareness Items(ideas to get raise your team’s awareness!Coca-Cola Have Safety and a Smile.CommemorativeCoinPrint a coin each year with the annual safety sloganand date. Coins are carried in one’s pocket as aconstant reminder that safety is a value carried firstwithin.Compass Know Where You Are!Cook Book Safety is not Just a Flavor of the Day. (This workswell if employees will bring in a favorite recipe. Bringthe book to a local print shop for printing).Cooler Every Tool Has a Job or Put At-Risk Acts on Ice.The Untapped Secret To Selling Safety -And 401½ Tangible Items Guaranteed ToHelp Make That Sale! - - How well do you sell safety? The truth is that we are atthe mercy of our ability to sell, no matter how “tight” the presentation.Regardless of our education or the facts surrounding an issue, we are still in aposition where we have to make the sale in order for a positive change to takeplace. And, the better we are at selling, the greater our results. The fact of thematter is that there are secrets to selling…even selling safety. One such previouslyuntapped secret is revealed here and your safety results will never be the same!“Matt’s passion for safety continues to shine through as he drives to inspire us tobe the best we can be” wrote Bill Dampf, safety professional with three decadesof experience. “Through this latest effort, he provides us with hundreds of waysto promote safety awareness to our employees. Although keeping our workerssafe is always a challenge, this simple approach to helping us sell safety can be atool that all of us can use.” Price: $11.99 - - AND use this discount code to save$2..00 per book, B9F5UNDN. Order from this link;https://www.createspace.com/3421798.
  • 10. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture!Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981Safety Strategies…for LIFE!10ISMA-Involved Safety Meeting ActivityActivity: ‘Have to’ versus ‘Get to’Estimated Time: 15 MinutesMaterials Needed: Note cards and pen.Reference materials: See ISMA below:The ISMA:With the group working as individuals or divided into small groups of two to four, havethem write down all of the things they have to do on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.The list is long, give them seven minutes for this ‘have to’ list. If you need to add time tothe activity you can discuss this ‘have to’ list as a group, if not, move to the take-a-ways.The Take-a-ways:The words, ‘have to’ are used as much as any other words in our language. Yet, usingthis phrase denotes a lie and places us in victim status as if we have no choice in thematter.If you want to change your life, stop using ‘I have to’ and begin to say, ‘I get to.’ We allhave choice in all that we do, our actions are our choice and we are lucky, in mostrespects, to have the money to ‘get to’ pay bills or the health to ‘get to’ walk the trash tothe curb. On the top of the card, ask each to write, ‘I get to’ as a reminder that we actfrom choice.Finally, remember all of that safety stuff we ‘have to follow?’ It too falls into the categoryof ‘I get to.’ We can choose to be safe and healthy or not…just like all of the other stuffwe “get’ to do…Want 101 ISMAs?Check out ISMA (Involved Safety Meeting Activities—101Ways to GetYour People In Involved! at Matt’s website;http://www.safestrat.com/review-and-order-safety-books/
  • 11. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture!Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981Safety Strategies…for LIFE!11SPOT-M –(Safety Picture of the Month)“Out of Service Sticker?”What equipment is on your shelf or in your truckthat needs to be tagged, ‘out of service!’Choose in favor of your safety!Send me your pics and if we use them in SMS you receive a free book! Send to matt@safestrat.com.
  • 12. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture!Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981Safety Strategies…for LIFE!12Tools for Pros!Leading with Chaos…and it is all Chaos!Four steps to help you lead in times of confusion, pressure and disorderLeading with chaos is not about using confusion and turmoil in an attempt to get results.Instead, it is a simple recognition that often work life is chaotic. Recognizing chaos, thechallenges and opportunities it brings and then leading alongside it, will help both your careerand your team get results! Let me explain.I just finished a three month long project and my life while working on this project can best bedescribed as ‘chaos!’ Weeks easily stretched from sixty to seventy to eighty hours or more.Conference calls beginning at 7:00AM on Sunday mornings. Saturday afternoons spentpreparing an unexpected memo for a senior manager or outlining key objectives for the nextweek. Excusing myself and stepping out of a family function, a movie with the kids or even aspecial night out with my wife to respond to a an urgent phone call or email. The pace wasfrantic, demanding and exhausting and the dynamics often perplexing and disorderly.Chances are, in the last year or two a work related project has engrossed you too. When itdoes, life within this project can best be described as ‘chaos.’ Whether you were on a teamworking feverishly against a drop-dead date to publish the annual shareholder report, a utilitycompany working twenty hour days per day for weeks on end to restore power to hundreds ofthousands of people after a major storm or power plant outage, hustling to meet a deadline toput a new product on line, working to get a piece of vital equipment back in service or a projectcritical to you and your company’s success the dynamics within these projects are generally thesame.In addition to endless hours of work, emails, conference calls and meetings at all hours of theday and night, there are other dynamics that are difficult to get ones arms around. Often, inthese settings, there are multiple teams, vendors, consultants and companies all workingtogether to meet objectives. These teams come with different cultures, norms andcommunication styles and time zones. There are organization structures, charts and multipleleaders all of whom need to be updated and informed. There are rank and file teammates whoall have different bosses, objectives, compensation toward the goal and alliances. Within theseteams there can be competing goals and timelines, where one team is willing to sacrifice yourgoal to meet theirs. Chaos, by definition, is said to be a state of disorder and confusion. It isfurther described with words like ‘unbounded’ or ‘formless.’ Chaos seems to be a perfect wordto describe these work projects.I might also note that with today’s life style of smart phones, world markets, 24/7 news cyclesand business demands, the thin line between work and home life, some believe it is all chaos!
  • 13. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture!Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981Safety Strategies…for LIFE!13Chaos in our work life and within projects is here to stay. Yet another interesting dynamic ofchaos is that leadership is both more important for results and at the same time more absentthan ever. In chaos, teams put up walls, silos, and both individual and team energy drains.When this happens people will naturally become less flexible, their communication circleshrinks and they are generally less tolerant and understanding. Leadership across the entireproject defaults to a ‘check the box’ attitude with individual teams sharing less information.Chaos needs leadership! In chaos there is opportunity for you to lead right beside it. In so doingyou will better support your team, the project and your personal growth and development.Here are five thoughts on leading in chaos.Remember Why! There is a legendary story involving Herb Kelleher, the founder of theSouthwest Airlines company, that can help us remember why we do what we do. The storystarts with one of Kellerher’s senior vice presidents bursting into his office. The senior VPimmediately explains to Kellerher that there is a major problem. At issue is the fact that anumber of competing airlines are offering a lite dinner on the Los Angeles to Los Vegas flightand projections are indicating this trend might cause SW to lose market share to these othercompanies. The senior VP was suggesting that SW immediately add the same feature to theirflights. The story goes that Kelleher listened intently then responded with something like this,“Does adding this meal make us the lowest cost airline?” The answer was simply no. So, nomeal added, problem solved, end of discussion.The point is that you and your team are not the project, and you are not the chaos. You work toprovide something greater…that is the ‘why.’ SW strives to provide the lowest cost. Medicalproviders save lives. Utilities provide life and light. Financial institutions provide college toteens through savings programs. In the midst of chaos however the why is often forgotten. Adynamic of chaos is that small things, like a meal provided by a competing company, becomebig deals. Leading in chaos means continuous focus on the bigger picture…the why.Organize Blue Chips! Often, if I am conducting a full day or multi day seminar, I will end thesession with the blue chip activity. Two participants will stand with their backs to a table as therest of the participants gather around to cheer on these two volunteers. When I say the word,they will turn and begin to pick up discs. After about ten seconds I will yell stop. What generallyhappens is that the participants will turn around and immediate start picking up chips, the onesthat are closest to them. What they fail to realize is that there are three different color chips,white, red and blue. When they turn around, the white chips are right in front of them andthere are lots of white chips, so they focus their entire time picking out these chips. What theydon’t realize is that white chips have a value of one, red chips have a value of ten while bluechips have a value of 1,000! In a recent session, I asked a participant why he didn’t pick up bluechips, he said, “I didn’t even see blue chips!” He was totally focused just on those chipsimmediately in front of him.The game is a solid reflection of life in chaos. After days or weeks of ‘chaos’ we get in the habitof simply getting things done, and done quickly (grabbing chips) without stopping to think ofthe value of that activity. In chaos, the work load can be overwhelming but not all tasks bring
  • 14. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture!Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981Safety Strategies…for LIFE!14the same value to the project. Spend time each day, and then before the start of each week, tooutline blue chips - - activities that bring great value. This could be a simple coaching sessionwith a direct report, a key meeting, or interaction with the CEO. Whatever the blue chip,capture it and make sure it gets completed. Leading with blue chips means the important thingsare getting done and energy is spent where it is most valuable.Live above the line. The dynamics of chaos are interesting. In chaos, silos become stronger, notweaker. Sharing and volunteering happens less often, not more. People are actually lessflexible, and less understanding. Because of these dynamics, and others associated with chaos,people can often lean on emotion to enforce their point, not fact. And, people will morefrequently dip below the line. It is important for you as a leader to always stay above the line.Below the line is personal attack, leading with emotion, not fact, masterminding and secondguessing decisions after the fact, hanging in a clique and not sharing outside of the circle. Whatliving above the line means is that you are professional; you lead with fact and do not letemotions carry your tone, attitude or response.Energy. Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz in their insightful book The Power of Full Engagement:Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal addressedthe importance of energy. They wrote, “Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of highperformance.” They also said, “Leaders are the stewards of organizational energy!”Chaos will drain both your team’s energy and your energy. When energy is low, your quality ofthinking is lower, your communication is less effective and you have less of an ability tounderstand other opinions. When working in chaos be mindful of the importance of energy andcontinually gauge both your personal energy and your team’s energy. Find ways to infuse yourteam with energy, and have strategies to keep your energy high too.In closing, remember, “When nothing is sure, everything is possible” (Margaret Drabble). Intoday’s work world, you will find yourself working with chaos sooner not later. The corequestion is, will you be in a position to lead with chaos. Your team, and your career, need youto be ready.Matt Forck, CSP and JLW, is a keynote speaker supporting clients in over ten countries; assistingin key areas of worker safety, leadership, accountability and cultural improvement. You canlearn more about Matt and sign up for his free safety materials through his website,www.safestrat.com. You can follow Matt on Twitter @safestrat.