Mike and Mark,
First thanks for all the work you guys put into this site and pod cast. I know it has made me more effective in dealing with the people I work with. The ideas you express apply very broadly and are not the generic platitudes found in most management books. So thanks again.
Now my question. I am not a manager. I am a truckdriver for the plant I work at. But I am being named the chairman of the safety committee for the plant. This is to my knowledge the first time the chair has not been a member of management. There are two unions at the plant, one for the people in the plant and one for the transport team. The work will consist of a lot of follow-up with everyone from the new and temp people to the plant manager. But I will never have any authority, the role is strictly advisory. So my question is what advice would you have for me in the transition into the new role?