Three Non-Safety Books for Safety Professionals

Looking for a way to improve professional and personally outside of EHS technical knowledge?

Here are three books I’ve found immensely valuable and go back to time and again. These are also the first three books I recommend to all EHS professionals.

  1. The First 90 Days” by Michael D. Watkins

This book explores successful transitions. The best parts; How to create change, matching strategy to the situation, building credibility, strengthening teams, and developing high-potential leaders. The worst part? I have to reread it every year.

  1. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown

Ever begin the day with a to-do list and give up by 10:00 a.m.? The best parts; the power of choice, the unimportance of practically everything, and how to be unavailable. The worst part of the book? Every time I lend it out, I never get it back.

  1. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High” by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzler

Effective communication is inherent to a world-class EHS professional’s repertoire. The best parts; The free communication analysis, the four ways to powerful listening, the way around the false choice of “I have to be honest” or “be quiet to keep my job”. The worst part? Finding yourself in nearly every bad example.

What’s your favorite? What other book(s) do you recommend to your colleagues?


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