I thought it would be nice to take a look at some of the Union Professionals that we are proud to say are a part of our team!
What is the difference between a boss and a leader?
A boss is described as: Boss - noun 1. a person who employs or superintends workers; somebody who is in charge of others, especially in a work environment; one who makes decisions or exercises authority.
As a transitive verb, to boss is to give somebody orders in an authoritarian way that is often resisted or resented. Wikipedia defines a boss as a person who oversees or directs the work of others. Synonyms of the word boss include person in charge; superior; person over you; person above you.
Descriptions of a leader include: Leader – noun 1. somebody who guides or directs others; trailblazer; ground breaker; leading light. Wikipedia defines leadership as a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task; organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal."
Some of the differences between bosses and leaders as listed in management books are:
A boss drives employees A leader inspires employees
A boss depends on authority A leader depends on respect and honor
A boss inspires fear A leader inspires enthusiasm
A boss tells A leader teaches
A boss tells you what to do A leader tells you why to do it
In video gaming a boss is an enemy, often at the end of a level, that is particularly challenging and must be beaten in order to progress in, or complete, the game.
To be a leader you have to genuinely care about people, to see each person as an individual, to think of them as someone’s child, sibling, parent, relative or friend. A leader focuses on individual strengths and fuses them together to build a team of highly brilliant personnel resulting in an enhanced (synergistic) effect. A leader doesn’t have to push people; people will follow him because he does what is right and he does it for the right reasons. Leaders are innovative, inspirational individuals with a vision that leads people on the path to excellence.
Long term sustainability does not mean individual dazzle, but rather, synergetic brilliance!
We take safety so seriously at Bunney's Inc. it has become a way of life as well as a condition of employment. The article below discusses some pros and cons regarding attitudes at work. Don't become prey to the behaviors set forth in the examples below. The added time it takes to complete a task safely is so limited it isn't even worthy of discussing. The effects of an accident on your life and those who love you, on the other hand are! We will never ask you to put your life or your coworkers life in danger to complete a task.
Remember, you always have a choice, but only you can decide to do it the safe way...Thanks, Andi
Most of us like to get our work done with the least amount of effort, and as quickly as possible. We all want to get the most work out of the energy we use on the job. This is good because it often results in discovering newer and more efficient ways of getting our job done.
This energy-saving attitude can also be bad if we make a wrong decision and take dangerous shortcuts. All of us at sometime or another have exposed ourselves to possible injury by taking a shortcut when, with a little extra effort, we could have done it the safe way. When we were kids, we took shortcuts by jumping the fence instead of using the gate. Now that we are adults we do it by crossing the street between the intersections. Why? Because we want to get there as quickly as possible, and use the least amount of energy we can while doing it.
There is no doubt about it, the safe way is not always the shortest or quickest way. The safe way usually takes some extra effort while the unsafe way often appears to be more efficient at the time. When we are faced with these situations, each one of us will make a conscious decision about what actions we will take next.
Sometimes we talk ourselves into taking an unsafe shortcut by flawed reasoning. We convince ourselves that it is worth taking the risk because we're in a hurry and can probably get away with it this time without being injured. After all, we have done it before and were not injured then.
Take the electrician I saw the other day who was working on a ladder. He was almost finished with the job except for a little work that he could do only by reaching a little farther than he knew was safe. He knows he will be taking a chance, so he has to make a decision whether to get down and move the ladder or to take a shortcut.
Suppose he takes the shortcut. He may get away without having an accident, or he may fall and suffer an injury that will change his whole life - or even end it. Whatever the result, his decision to take a chance is not a good one. Whether he wins or loses this time; risking his neck to save a few minutes' time is rolling the dice - a gamble that he will, eventually, lose.
When you get right down to it though, I don't really think most of us take shortcuts to save time as much as we do it because the safe way is just too much trouble. Like using the wrong tool because it's too much trouble to get the right one. Like climbing the rebar because it's too much trouble to get a ladder. Or maybe like lifting more than you know is safe because it's too much trouble to get someone to help you.
Or maybe it's like the guy I saw the other day swinging around like a monkey on the side of some forms, holding on with one hand while trying to strip forms with the other, all because it's too much trouble to go get a safety belt and tie off like he knows he should. Or how about another guy that was chipping concrete without safety goggles because it was too much trouble to go hunt up a pair.
Remember, you always have a choice, but only you can decide to do it the safe way.
Bunney’s crews safely removing a 4,000 pound piece of decking from Unit 3’s Cooling Tower #1 so they can replace beams and
stairs within the cooling tower. It takes two to three days to remove everything necessary to start work.
SHARP - Safety, Honesty, Accountability, Respect & Pride in Craftsmansip!
JC Nichols (left) is stationed at the entrance to Cooling Tower #1 to prevent workers from entering the cooling tower during
crane operations. Safety is always our top priority! Way to go JC!
An expert Bunney’s crew (left) guides a piece of cooling tower decking onto forklift forks in preparation of cooling tower refurbishment.
THE CUTTING EDGE
If you were in a swimming competition with thirty other swimmers, what could you do to give yourself the best advantage for winning the competition?
In today’s economy, the job market is a competition between groups of people all competing for the win; getting the job. So, what can you do to give yourself the best advantage for winning the competition and getting the job?
Just knowing how to do the job isn’t enough anymore. Carpenter magazine states: “Upgrade training and specialty certifications are a proven path to more work opportunities…” To have the best competitive edge you must be an effective employee; you must be able to do the job efficiently and safely, adapting to change as it occurs. Ideally, an effective employee would use critical thinking skills to help the organization continually improve, creating new opportunities.
To stay on the cutting edge and be at the lead of the competition, you must perfect your skills. Training expands your knowledge and strengthens your weaknesses putting you ahead of your competition. Knowing the proper procedures and safety practices builds confidence and allows you to think critically and act logically. Demonstrating a commitment to continual improvement can make you the candidate of choice.
Stephen Covey (author of ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’) says, “Your economic security does not lie in your job; it lies in your own power to produce.
Effective training allows you to increase your own power to produce.
“There’s no such thing as tough. There’s trained and untrained. Now which are you?” (From the movie, ‘Man on Fire’). Watch the video below to see the effective training sequence from the movie.
Bunney’s team members Panfillo Acosta (from left), Alex Ocampo and Hugo Vasquez spread and tamp fill dirt placed in a drainage ditch to provide a temporary crossing for the cooling tower outage work ahead.
Safety, Honesty, Accountability, Respect and Pride in Craftsmanship
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