La Duke’s first contribution, Jargon Killed the Astronauts appeared on the February 21, 2012 edition of the popular Australian Safety blog, Safetyrisk.com.au.
“I had been reading Phil’s articles for a while and really enjoyed them. I even wished that I could express the way I was feeling with such passion and yet still remain credible as many of the ranters fail to do.” Says Dave Collins, who edits the Safetyrisk site. “I was very jealous of Phil’s own blogs and his writing ability. I admired the way he challenged the status quo without pulling punches. I read Phil’s bio and realised that this bloke knows what he is on about.” Collins recalls.
La Duke admits that he was initially reluctant to contribute to the blog. “I get several requests a week to contribute to one publication or another, and I am fairly taxed. I don’t want to have my work become derivative of itself and right now I am posting to two blogs a weeks, a safety column in Fabricating & Metalworking once a month, and one or two side project articles for ISHN and Facility Safety Management magazines so the thought of even an occasional submission wasn’t all that appealing,” says La Duke.
Collins had his own reservations, “I admit I was apprehensive about Phil's style, I loved it but wasn't sure how others might react. Instead, the reaction has been nothing short of phenomenal! The articles have gone viral and get thousands of page views each day. Most people are reluctant to post positive comments but my inbox is flooded each day with emails containing nothing but positive feedback thanking me for sharing, about how they could relate to the articles, about how they could use them to educate others (I have heard they are being posted on notice boards) and asking me to keep them coming! Sure, there has been some people who have had their noses put out of joint but mostly about
some of the little intros I make containing my own thoughts. I would say that the people who don't like these articles are those who really should read them carefully and have a long hard look at themselves and whether any changes in their attitude and approach is required.”.
“I left O/E (O/E Learning La Duke’s former employer) and co-founded Rockford-Greene International in a large part over intellectual control” says La Duke “I was constantly pressured to tone down my comments and to soft peddle my points. I was increasingly frustrated; I didn’t feel I could be an effective advisor to companies by being obsequious, and that is what I felt I was being asked to do. Change only comes when we confront the status quo. I like to think I provoke people in a positive way, I like to think I foment intelligent debate, of course I am sometimes alone in feeling this way” says.
Collins is one person who does agree with La Duke’s view. “I liked Phil’s description of himself as a provocateur!
“Dave runs a great site and my readership in that part of the world has been rapidly growing” says La Duke “I’ve had to phase out some of my other commitments to take on another writing gig, but I really think this is a nice match up.”
Collins reports that La Duke’s articles have gone viral generating thousands of hits daily. “I wish I had gotten in touch a long time ago!” he says.
About Phil La Duke:
Phil La Duke is an internationally recognized writer, blogger, and speaker whose work is seen by over 200,000 readers internationally each month. La Duke is a highly sought and often controversial speaker on culture change, training, and performance improvement topics, particularly worker health and safety and Lean Manufacturing. La Duke is an editorial adviser for Facility Safety Magazine, a regular contributor to ISHN magazine, and a contributing editor and safety columnist for Fabricating and Metalworking magazine. La Duke is the author of two weekly worker safety blogs, http://philladuke.wordpress.com and www.Rockfordgreeneinternational.wordpress.com. In January 2011, ISHN magazine named Phil La Duke to the Power 101 a list of he 101most powerful and influential people in worker safety world-wide.
About Rockford Greene International:
Rockford Greene International, based in Monroe, MI, provides business optimization services and helps organizations to operate more effectively in all of the key business elements: Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, Morale, and Environment. Rockford Greene matches your business needs with a top business expert. For more information on Rockford Greene visit: http://www.rockfordgreene.com
SafetyRisk.au.com is a blog and information resource that focuses on Occupational Health & Safety, Public Liability and Risk Management in General. Started in April 2010 in an effort to share all of the free safety, public liability and risk management knowledge, information and resources that its founder has collected over the years generates 1.8 million hits annually.
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Rockford Greene International provides business optimization services for all of the key business elements: Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, Morale, and Environment.