This groundbreaking book is an easy read primer on the crucial principles for achieving operational excellence in any work group, large or small. Through the use of clear and concise language that is accessible to a wide audience, and an exciting story telling style, the reader will gain an understanding of how to achieve a twenty percent improvement in productivity, while reducing accidents by seventy percent. Contrary to common belief, new understandings in the fields of physiology, psychology, neuroscience, show that the objectives of safety and productivity do not conflict with each other. The concepts and principles revealed in Work Smart, Work Safe! are found at the intersection of the leading practices of safety and productivity management. For the first time, the prescriptions to eliminate the root causes of accidents are linked to the same management and leadership principles which are effective in producing high levels of motivation and productivity. Rushing, fatigue, frustration and complacency are the root causes of accidents, and the enemies of Operational Excellence. Citing concrete examples from his own rich career, Vallez takes the theories taught in the B Schools and makes them come alive for the reader. Based on academic research, and a thirty five years of practical applications, Vallez offers some insight into the root cause of root causes, poor leadership. The first part of Work Smart, Work Safe! deals with the nitty-gritty of leading a successful project, team or business operation. The basic principles of goal setting, planning, organization, team building, and motivating, scheduling and ensuring safety are all covered in detail there. But the second part of this book takes the reader into another realm of leadership with what Vallez calls the right brain principles. These are the qualities which many leaders find so difficult to grasp and embody in their work. They can be taught in school, but they can only be learned through life s trials and challenges. Calling in his own stories of personal experience, Vallez courageously shares his own story to help lead the reader to the ultimate joys of serving in a leadership role. Being part of a high functioning team or organization is a magnificent experience which fulfills our higher aspirations as human beings. You don't need to be at the top of a large organization, or even have a formal position of leadership to employ these principles. When you apply both the right and left brain principles Work Smart, Work Safe! at your level and within your sphere of influence, you are truly an instrument in making the world a better place.