This presentation was filmed at the 2015 Behavior Safety Now Conference
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
How do we “have it make some difference that you have lived”? How can we be of maximum usefulness? Throughout the millennia, many great thinkers have pointed out that helping others is, paradoxically, the shortest path to our own happiness.
This is especially true when we understand “happiness” the way it is meant in the Declaration of Independence phrase, “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Scholars remind us that “happiness meant that feeling of self-worth and dignity you acquire by contributing to your community and to its civic life.”
Grainne will describe how using a behavioral approach to improving workplace safety is useful, honorable, compassionate, and allows each of us to leave the world a better place.
About the presenter:
Grainne Matthews, Ph.D, is Vice President, Utilities and Construction and Vice President, Europe for Quality Safety Edge. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in clinical psychology at University College Dublin. She earned another master’s in behavioral analysis and therapy from Southern Illinois University and her doctorate in organizational behavior analysis from Western Michigan University.
An expert in Applied Behavior Analysis, Grainne has 31 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating behavioral programs in a wide variety of organizational settings including refineries, construction, manufacturing and utilities. Her many utility clients include Manitoba Hydro and ENMAX in Canada; CenterPoint Energy in Houston, Texas; and Tucson Electric Power, in Tucson, Arizona.
Grainne helps organizations around the world implement behavior-based safety including implementations and presentations in India, Germany, the Netherlands, Scotland, Wales and Slovakia. She specializes in the application of behavioral technology to employee-driven safety and quality improvement efforts and has developed programs for innovative training, feedback, and reward systems for performance improvement.