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

Anyone 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 […]

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

Football 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 […]

The Role of “Enablement” When Leading Safety-Culture Change

Imagine you’re comfortably seated on a flight that’s going from Chicago to San Diego. Okay, “comfortably” may be a stretch these days with diminishing legroom and ever-narrowing seats, but try to imagine that anyway. Suddenly the pilot announces that you’ve been selected as “pilot for the day,” and invites you forward to receive the prize. […]

The Role of a Volunteer Force When Leading Safety-Culture Change

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: No matter how good a leader you are you cannot undertake and lead a safety-culture change by yourself. That’s one of the reasons we started with the “guiding coalition.” But ownership of the culture change can’t be left there either. It must go beyond the framers of […]

The Role of Communication When Leading Safety-Culture Change

One goal of any safety-culture change is to gain a shared commitment from all levels of employees in the organization to embrace and internalize the vision.  Often, though, that communication gets lost in translation from level to level. Because it’s often under-communicated, and because there are still so many other pressing things on the table, […]