The Role of “Short-Term Wins” When Leading Safety-Culture Change

The Role of “Short-Term Wins” When Leading Safety-Culture ChangeFootball season is fast approaching, and for many NFL teams that means another shot at the Super Bowl—other teams, not so much. All team owners, general managers and head coaches have a vision and direction for their team, but not all those visions will produce results. In fact, some of those visions will end up leading their team to the bottom tier. Imagine for a moment that your team is in that latter category. They follow the leadership’s vision and direction throughout the season while winning no games, yet continue to pursue that vision and promise fans a spot in the playoffs. How many lost games will it take before you and the rest of the fans stop believing in the vision?

About the Author

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.