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Safety Culture: Is The Message Being Heard?

Safety Culture: Is The Message Being Heard?

This morning I checked my email and found the same rather grim message I receive every week at the same time. I didn’t open it, and realized that the impact of this weekly email alert had lost most of its impact on me. It was a good reminder...
  • Gary Oaks
The Outsiders

The Outsiders

Embracing the enthusiastic contributions from outsiders can change your world overnight, but only if you let it.  Before you can challenge your biases, analyzing what biases you’re carrying and examining how those biases were formed is beneficial. 
  • Gary Oaks
Performance Upgrade in Tree Work

Performance Upgrade in Tree Work

My interest in continuous skills improvement came as a former athlete. I’ve been fortunate to have a fair bit of exposure to other competitive athletes that are drawn into tree work, and I’ve found the athlete mindset to be a consistent driver of positive change...
  • Gary Oaks
Giving Feedback

Giving Feedback

Over the years on tree crews, I’ve witnessed some situations on the job that I couldn’t keep to myself and I made the move to sound the alarm. In some cases, the feedback I gave lead to heated exchanges that created a tension that lasted for days, and in one case weeks. 
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Kind Words From Some Happy Campers

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