With Mother's Day coming tomorrow, I thought it would be nice to share a memory about writing.
"This writing assignment is so stupid, Mom. Once I'm out of school I'll never write a report again. Why do I need to learn all these grammar rules and junk?" Mike jammed two cookies in his mouth and downed his second glass of milk, a brief reprieve to the hour-long diatribe he'd been issuing from his seat at the dining room table. He forked his fingers through his hair. "Writing is so dumb. I read the book. Wasn't that enough? Writing is so out of style."
Oh, the moaning and groaning of a fourteen-year-old.
I mentioned he might get a job that would require writing.
"No way! It'll never happen, I can guarantee you that!"
Mike is a Certified Safety Professional now with a degree in Occupational Safety and Health. He's worked for Volvo Trucks for nearly three years after fifteen working for the Maryland state government and five with Hughes Network Systems (think Howard Hughes). He made the job move to add managerial experience to his resume of private and government sector experience.
When he took the job as Safety Manager, the plant had the worst safety record within Volvo. The employees were imbedded in the "us against them" thinking. Mike knew to get his union workers on board he'd have to get the union president on his team. The gentleman was surprised and pleased when Mike asked him to be part of plant safety.
Implementing his safety plans to get employees to take ownership of their own safety, Mike saved the plant nearly a million dollars the first year by reducing accidents and lost-time injuries. His second year saw a million and a half in savings.
This year he and his plant won the corporate safety award. He was flown to Sweden where he met the President of the corporation and the nation's President in a big celebration in his honor. In addition to records of proven results,part of the criteria used to chose the winner involved a video. Guess who wrote the winning script? Bwahahaha.
I love it when Mom's admonishing to finish the dreaded report turns into something positive years later. Here's Baldy ... er ... Mike's winning video. He wrote and produced it. Writing rules, right ladies?