The Role of “Building on Momentum” When Leading Safety-Culture Change

The Role of “Building on Momentum” When Leading Safety-Culture ChangeAnyone who has driven along mountainous roads in snowy conditions knows how difficult it can be to drive uphill. As long as the traffic is moving, there’s a good chance you’ll make it up the hill. But the minute traffic comes to a halt, the advantage you used to have changes because you no longer have momentum in your favor. Getting your vehicle to move uphill from a full stop in the snow often results in spinning your wheels and just not making much progress. The same is true of a 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.