The Role of a “Guiding Coalition” When Leading Safety-Culture Change

The Role of a "Guiding Coalition" When Leading Safety-Culture ChangeNo matter how good you are, you can’t lead a safety-culture change on your own. It requires a team of people who support and reinforce each others’ efforts in communicating, driving and normalizing the change.

But forming a change-management team itself is no guarantee of success if that team is weak in its level of authority, trust and influence.  The team collectively is no stronger than its weakest member.

In our last issue we began connecting the dots of safety-culture change with Kotter’s eight-step change methodology.  There we saw that the first step is to create a sense of urgency and to spend as much time doing that as is needed (without rushing it) before moving to the next step. 10 Things Leaders Absolutely Must DO to DRIVE Sustainable Safety Culture Change

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Eric Svendsen

Eric Svendsen, Ph.D., is Principal and lead change agent for safetyBUILT-IN, a safety-leadership learning and development organization. He has over 20 years experience in creating and executing outcomes-based leadership development and culture change initiatives aligned to organizational goals, and he personally led the safety-culture initiatives of a number of client organizations that resulted in “best ever safety performance” years for those companies.

Eric Svendsen

Eric Svendsen, Ph.D., is Principal and lead change agent for safetyBUILT-IN, a safety-leadership learning and development organization. He has over 20 years experience in creating and executing outcomes-based leadership development and culture change initiatives aligned to organizational goals, and he personally led the safety-culture initiatives of a number of client organizations that resulted in “best ever safety performance” years for those companies.

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  1. Gary Comstock says:

    We as a school, have just changed over to “I love You Guys” safety response protocols. Happy to learn more about changing the mind-set of professionals.

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