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Soft Skills for Safety - Why It's Good to Hear No

Posted by Matt Segal on Oct 15, 2019 9:59:53 AM

If you want to succeed as a safety leader, it’s not enough to focus solely on logistics and data management – you have to get good at “soft skills” as well.

To help you hone your craft, we’re writing a series of articles each highlighting a different soft skill. Today’s topic is getting better at hearing the word “no.”

 

How to handle a “no”

Picture this: You’ve come up with a great idea for a new training program. You’ve crunched the numbers, created the perfect PowerPoint, and delivered a pitch your boss simply can’t turn down.

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Topics: Improving Soft Skills

Soft Skills for Safety - Solving Open-ended Problems

Posted by Matt Segal on Sep 16, 2019 2:28:15 PM

To help you hone your craft, we’re writing a series of articles each highlighting a different soft skill. Today’s topic is solving open-ended problems with the four-step process below:

  1. Define your goal
  2. Establish your parameters
  3. Identify your resources
  4. Make an informed decision

The core of this strategy revolves around working backwards to solve an open-ended problem so that you always have a reason for the decisions you’re making.

Let’s dive in.

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Improving Soft Skills

Soft Skills for Safety Leadership - Listening

Posted by Matt Segal on May 6, 2019 1:39:26 PM

If you want to succeed as a safety leader, it’s not enough to focus solely on logistics and data management — you have to get good at ‘soft skills’ as well.

Soft skills are attributes like communication, teamwork, and problem-solving that enable you to engage with and motivate your researchers to care about safety (they also help in interactions with colleagues and management!).

Without these skills, even the most savvy safety professionals will find themselves fighting a losing battle to get their workforce to carry out safety practices.

To help you hone your craft, we’re writing a series of articles each highlighting a different soft skill. Today’s topic is listening.

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Improving Soft Skills

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