July 29 2018
By: Terry L. Mathis
In today's busy world, we don't always stop at the completion of a job or task and ask ourselves if there was a better way to do it. Even in planning sessions we sometimes fall back on standard practices rather than looking for better ways. But even more limiting is the mindset that we should simply "do things better" rather than asking if we should be "doing better things."
I am reminded of this every time I hear a leader or safety professional start a sentence with, "Safety is simply…" or "Safety is just…" Maybe this vast oversimplification is a limiting factor to continuous improvement. We tend to think of "better" in terms of the things we already do instead of looking for transformational new approaches. If safety is going to keep up with the future, we need to keep open minds and look for new ways to accomplish old goals.
Terry Mathis, Founder and retired CEO of ProAct Safety, has served as a consultant and advisor for top organizations the world over. A respected strategist and thought leader, Terry has authored five books, numerous articles, videos and blogs, and is known for his dynamic and engaging presentations. EHS Today has named him one of the '50 People Who Most Influenced EHS' four consecutive times. Business leaders and safety professionals seek Terry's practical insight and unique ability to introduce new perspectives that lead to real change.