Minimizing “Interference” in Your Safety Coaching

Last issue we looked at the first of many potential sources of interference when coaching safety performance and behaviors.  “Interference” is anything that might diminish the ability of the person you are coaching to make the improvements you want them to make. The first source of interference that we looked at last issue, “telling v. […]

Is Your Safety Coaching Interfering with Safety Performance?

Last week we looked at a general principle for transferring ownership of a safety culture to the front-lines.  One application of this principle is in your safety-performance coaching.  You may recall that we started down the path of how to improve our safety coaching and behaviors just before the holidays, and we’re continuing that series […]

“No One Disagrees With His Own Ideas”: Turning Employees into Owners in Safety Culture Development

The problem with much of what passes for safety culture development these days is the “mandate” feel it carries with it. People are essentially coerced into whatever change is being made. Certainly there has to be a mandate if change is going to happen, and that mandate has to be driven by leadership. But the […]

The A-B-Cs of Leading Safety Culture

A few months ago I published an extended series of articles on building employee engagement using safety leadership styles.  Soon afterward I was contacted by ASSE, who asked me to contribute an article representing an abridged version of that series to their “Leading Thoughts” section of Professional Safety journal. As many of you no doubt […]

Four Guidelines for Coaching Safety Behaviors and Performance

In our last issue we looked at the criteria for coaching safety performance and behaviors.  For something to be coachable it first has to be specific, measurable, observable, repeatable, and expectations-based. Here are four additional guidelines for coaching safety behaviors and performance that will make our coaching sessions much more effective.