Peace for Sale

Helen Woodward
Photo: Prayers flags in Helen Woodward’s yard. Helen was a TED Talk speaker in Kuwait a few days ago.

Peace for Sale.

Of all the things we want to feel emotionally, like love, hope, faith and so on, the net affect we are aiming for is peace (and contentment).

Peace with who we are and content with what we have.

Son, this is the gauge with which i measure everything i do and don’t do.

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Safety… a riff, too long for our own good?

Lost dog sign


(photo: Many, many layers to safety… ps. Buffett was found, alive, two days later)

Wrote the riff yesterday, and decided not to edit it this morning. You know MLC doesn’t have much bandwidth for longer posts. Nothing wrong with them. They’re just odd here….

Safety… demand excellence. For everyone. Everyday. All day. Safety takes a back seat to nothing. Safety is so much more than physical safety.

Knowing the following items is being average (and the assumption is we not only know, but do):

Know the fire/emergency exit routes of your building. Make sure others know these routes as well. Know where the fire extinguisher is. Know how to use it. Know where the AED is. Know how to use it. See something, say something. Do not text and drive. Do not email and drive. Do not make phone calls or answer phone calls while driving. Wipe up spills. Remove trip hazards. Practice safety in motion at all times.

Knowing the following items would place an employee in the above average category:

Securing all sensitive company and client documents (physical, digital, and voice). Securing all office entry points, office doors, desk drawers, laptop access, smart phone access, as well as retreiving copies and faxes immediately. Securely discarding private documents. Being fully aware of surroundings when having meetings of any kind in public, non-company locations.

Knowing the following items would place an employee in the excellent category:

When traveling off site on public transportation – planes, busses, shuttles, trains – our conversations, our laptop screens and anything else that is visible or audible intellectual property (IP). When teaching or selling to any audience requiring company IP, the employee locks laptop with cable. The employee also assumes nothing, and locks their laptop screen for any reason where he/she needs to leave the room, even to use the restroom. We never leave our company smartphones sitting on a conference table either. Ever. When enjoying alcohol during meals and the conversation can become relaxed and loud, we are ever vigilant in never crossing a line. Any use of unsecured external hard drives and thumb drives to transport or transfer company IP and client files should have all data deleted immediately following the download. We also do not discard anything in hotel rooms or conference facilities that has any IP or client value whatsoever.

The reality of knowing what to do and actually doing it would stun most leaders. What we accept by default becomes the standard and this is cause for alarm.

Bonus points: Wear a Road ID when running on business trips.

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