Author: Doug Wright

A Single Moment in Time Can Change a Life

Arunima Sinha   By Doug Wright For Arunima Sinha, that moment was when she boarded a train bound for Delhi. She was just twenty-four years old, a former national volleyball player heading toward an offer of employment. Instead, she was hounded by four thugs, who first tried to rob her for the gold chain around her neck, and then threw her out of the moving train.   She landed on the railway tracks and another train ran over her leg, severing it. She lay there at night in agony while rodents feasted on her wounds. Forty-seven trains passed her...

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From Broke to Multi-Millionaire: How Conor McGregor Never Gave Up

By Doug Wright   Just weeks before his first Ultimate Fighting Championship bout, Conor McGregor was still collecting social welfare in Ireland. He’d quit his job as a plumber to pursue Mixed Martial Arts and things could have gone very badly had this gamble not paid off. But it did pay off. Spectacularly.   Though McGregor is now the UFC lightweight champion and ranked #24 in Forbes’ 2017 list of the world’s highest-paid athletes, back in 2008 when he decided plumbing wasn’t for him, McGregor’s parents were worried.   “They were so happy that I had a proper job,...

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Howard Schultz never gave up

By Doug Wright   Howard Schultz was born in New York in 1953 to a relatively poor family. Growing up, he felt the only chance he would have to make something of himself would be through sport. His determination to succeed on the sports field got him an athletic scholarship to Northern Michigan University where he studied Communications.   A series of jobs followed, and Schultz became the manager of Hammerflast, a drip-coffee maker manufacturer. One of their clients was a coffee-bean shop called Starbucks who sold whole beans and leaf teas. Shultz kept regular contact with them, recognising...

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Safety and Leadership

The definition of safety leadership often confuses people because the terms ‘leadership’ and ‘management’ are often thought of as synonymous. In fact, managers are part of an organisation’s structural hierarchy and so their role is to formally control their subordinates. In contrast, a safety leader sets and monitors the standards of safe behaviour within their organisation in order to effect positive change and influence co-workers. Safety leaders can be found at all levels of an organisation, from senior executives, through to middle level such as site managers, and on to front-line supervisors. However, it’s likely that senior management is not aware of, or the most conversant with the dangers of a specific task or job. Rather, their role is to ensure that the workforce is aware that safety leaders will exhibit and explain the actions that keep everyone protected from workplace threats and hazards. Safety leaders do not rule by authority; instead, their conduct influences co-workers to improve their own standards. In the past, safety management has been driven from the top, with a tendency for it to become stuck at the front-line management level. This means that those workers most likely to engage in unsafe behaviour or to be injured have traditionally been unconnected from the safety improvement process. Safety leadership overcomes this by working with those most likely to be hurt. The leaders become actively engaged in...

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Safety and Attitude

What exactly is a workplace safety attitude? One definition states that a workplace safety attitude refers to an employee’s tendency to respond positively or negatively towards a safety goal, idea, plan, procedure, prevention or situation. It’s a fact that your work attitude not only affects how well you do your job, but also affects how safe you are when you’re doing it. Attitude could be described as the spark that drives your behaviour. Your attitudes are made up of: • Emotions or feelings which are driven by your mental state at any particular time • Your beliefs or opinions derived from your faith or upbringing • Your inclination (or not!) for action, usually driven by your opinions • Your positive or negative response to stimuli, giving rise to your actions If you have a positive attitude, you tend to derive a great deal of satisfaction from your life and your work. Positive people seldom give up. They usually perform well in the workplace because they are motivated to maintain an open mind, are receptive to new ideas, pay attention to details and consider the possible outcomes of the ways in which they act. They develop safe work habits because, among other things, they are always looking for ways to improve. There are many ways to identify those workers with positive attitudes, such as the ability to think first and...

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