If you are a regular reader of mine, you know that I have been writing about various traits that we all bring to the workplace to varying degrees. These ideas, developed in the book A Kick in the Seat of the Pants have worked well for me over the years.
Essentially, the concept is simple. We are all different from each other, and we need our collective strengths to truly solve problems.
- We need the Explorer, who looks for what’s new and different in a situation. Sometimes she finds clues that we didn’t know existed.
- We need the Artist, who can take the information available and the colors, textures and details of a situation and create something new. New ideas, new solutions.
- Without the help of the Judge, we might sometimes head off in wrong directions. We count on this type to see clearly and make decisions that help move us forward.
- Of course the Warrior is critical to just getting things done sometimes.
In some workplaces, we assign one individual the responsibility for improving safety, but it is the rare person who can do it all alone. It takes partnership, teamwork, or whatever you want to call it.
It also take diversity. Remember that diversity is about differences in thought and capabilities as much as anything else.
Are you getting the most out of the diversity of thought available to you? It could make the difference in achieving your best possible safety result.
Thanks, and let’s be careful out there!