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Innovation Myths, Part V

Myth 5. A great innovation has no death threats. This may be the greatest myth that I have addressed in my short series. All ideas have death threats. In fact, the greater the idea, the more likely it is to have very significant—and numerous—death threats.

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Road Trips aren’t what they used to be…

I remember my college friends all shouting in unison, “ROAD TRIP!!!” and how all six of us would pile into Anita Lumpkin’s 1977 Ford Pinto for the 3.5 hour drive to Carolina Beach! Contorting ourselves into that motorized mini death trap, meant the twins had to... read more

Stand Down to Prevent Falls

It is startling and tragic to read the workplace fatality statistics as reported on OSHA’s website. The frequency of fatalities due to falls is noticeable, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data suggests that approximately 40% of construction worker deaths are... read more

Innovation Myths, Part IV

A well-defined system for innovation should include a systematic process for innovation, defined roles, creativity tools and varying levels of training to support the innovation system. Having such a system certainly increases your chances of innovation success. So, I always encourage our clients to develop or adopt a formal system to increase their chances of innovation success. However, having an innovation system does not ensure innovation success, much like having a quality management system (e.g. ISO 9000) does not guarantee quality success.

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Focus On…Electrocution and Falls

According to OSHA, electrocution was the second leading cause of worker deaths on construction sites in 2014. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation also continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers. These deaths are preventable. Join us for two national campaigns focused on changing these statistics.

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