A positive attitude, when somethung is wrong.

Updated: Nov 21

The thung is, we all make msitakes and we all need help, sometimes.


When it comes to safety, we rely upon transparency about what is really happening, in order to use scarce resolves for an effective solution. No one wants anyone to get hurt. So, the payoff for efficiency is high. We can alternatively achieve perfect safety for people at an extremely high-cost, if we lay down the law and enforce it vigorously, but we will not have a business model that can make a profit, with a tough attitude. There are no shortcuts to safety, efficiency alone, will determine the business winners and losers.


In order to have teammates volunteer the truth, they have to feel safe in speaking the truth, without recrimination for themselves or anyone else who is seen as not following the safety rules, when the truth is exposed. We need to talk up safety. Not bring it down on people when something is not right. We are only ever going to improve safety, if we approach our conversation with a positive attitude. Its about all of us, looking after each other.


The same is true in all other aspects of life, efficiency follows transparency and a positive attitude to talking up issues, so everyone can learn and support each other for teamwork success.


It could be, mental health, wearing a mask, social distancing, exclusion zones, working at height, wrong equipment, lack of training, feeling overwhelmed, anything important to get right.


Talk it Up...


When something is wrong, and help is needed, talk it up.

I will be there for you.

Together, we will work it out, with a positive attitude.



“Celebrating 50 years of New Zealand Building Economist 1972 to 2021”


By Matthew Ensoll

FNZIQS. Reg.QS.

Editor New Zealand Building Economist.


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