Four Questions to Increase Clarity in Life (and EHS)

Morgan Housel, writing for the Collaborative Fund, suggests writing is a way to increase clarity in life. Specifically, Morgan recommends writing out the answers to four questions. Below are the questions and my responses. What are your answers? Feel free to post them here…looking forward to learning from you!

What is your edge over competitors?

In safety and professionally, our work depends on our ability to connect the art and science of safety to management and the worker. My “edge” is that I wake up focusing on that connection.

Also, I learned a decade ago that I can’t change the entire world. But I do have the opportunity to inspire, develop, and encourage safety professionals, and together we can do amazing things (and change the world).

How do you react to unforeseen risk?

I’ve learned that unforeseen risk is part of iteration and learning. I now take more in stride and accept it as a part of the learning cycle, changing what I can and (learning to) accept what I can’t. It’s a journey.

What have you changed your mind about recently?

Two things.

First, a quote from Todd Conklin. “You’re not ever going to be able to stop an accident. You can directly change the way the accident affects your organization, your workers, and yourself.” I spent many years feeling failure every time I came into the office in the morning to see another incident report. Todd’s words refocused my energy on the incident outcomes, not the error itself.

Secondly, I’ve changed my mind about high personal standards. For years, I was counseled by supervisors that my standards were too high. They said I was setting myself and my teams up for failure by setting the bar so high. I almost fell for it. To my core, I now believe high personal standards are foundational to every small amount of success I’ve managed to achieve.

What part of your job are you not good at?

This question is the easiest…there are so many areas. I get lost in strategic policy decision conversations. My personality wants to move on, implement, and move on again. I’m not good at data entry work. I’m worse at reviewing multiple editions of company regulations….my mind seems to get lost in the many versions. Program sustainment…yep…not so good. I’m fantastic at conceptualizing, designing, and implementing. I’m not the one to maintain the program. And, I’ll stop there in case any future employers see a conflict with my resume. 🙂

Link to Morgan Housel’s original article on writing.

What are your answers?

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