I love metaphors & symbols. They bring a point home clearly, better than words alone can do.
You know what brings home a point even better? ACTIONS. The EXAMPLE you set.
In a food manufacturing facility, water on the floors tends to be all around, and it’s also a safety risk. There’s an Old School Tool to combat water on the floor: The Squeegee!
If your a leader and want something done, encouraging people to take ACTION against something important is mandatory.
“Keep the floors dry, PLEASE!”
Even more important? Backing up your Plea with your OWN behavior.
Never let the squeegee go untouched and get lonely. Pick it up and make it your friend. Pull some water off the floor. Do it daily. More than 1x per day. Your team will notice, then follow suit (eventually).
Grabbing a squeegee for even 30 seconds while running to your next appointment will set the tone for the troops.