“There is nothing quite so useless, as doing with great efficiency, something that should not be done at all.”- Peter F. Drucker

It goes against what we do in safety (and in other professions too.) After an incident, we analyze root causes and implement solutions. Solutions like more training, more safeguards, more controls, more leadership involvement, and more ad infinitum.

Why? Maybe it’s because EHS is difficult to quantify. After all, we want zero incidents. And much of what we want to measure are activities (leading indicators).

But more is more, right?

Maybe it’s not. Maybe what we’re doing isn’t the best way. And if we don’t stop doing it, we can’t try the best way (or any another way).

With 24 hours in a day, you can’t add more without doing less of something else.

Deliberately saying “no” or “no more” may be the best way to give more of your best to what matters most.

What can you end today?

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