Tom and our group reached some conclusions out of these dialogues about professional performance. You need dedication, practice, drive, ability, good technique and a relentless pursuit of excellence to even come close to the execution levels of professionals who daily achieve measures accomplished by the best of the best.
Is there any parallel in safety performance? You bet! Those organizations that routinely go years without lost time or medical incidents all have a leading-edge engagement culture that has their whole organization focused on dedication, practice, drive, technique and a relentless pursuit of zero errors (incidents). Every day they practice models of process excellence and are always in search of ways to improve their performance. They do the fundamentals well and then go way beyond the basics. The rest of the pack of safety professional wannabes who have safety cultures that are pretty darn good seem to just live a culture where there is a closely linked series of recoveries.