Safety Leadership Coaching: Are We Coaching the Right Things?

“Coaching safety.”  That’s a mouthful.  We often think we know what it entails without realizing what it is we’re trying to coach.  For instance, are we doing safety coaching  or safety leadership coaching?  There’s a difference.  Are we coaching safety performance or safety leadership performance?  Again, there’s a difference.  One has to do with reinforcing […]

5 Safety Leadership Solutions for Better Safety Meetings

The primary venue for communicating safety is still safety meetings.  And the effectiveness of your safety meetings is driven in very large part by how you conduct those meetings.  We could do them the way we’ve always been done–usually, an unimpassioned, obligatory reading of safety points on a checklist.  Or we could apply safety leadership […]

Safety is Not a “Moment” : Safety Culture Development or Derailment?

One of the unintentional consequences of placing a focus on safety is the way we bolt it on to other activities we do.  For instance, we regularly hold production or operations meetings (or even corporate meetings) to talk about the tasks we’ll be doing that day or that week.  And to give safety a primary […]

Use Props and Visual Aids: Tips for Enhancing Your Safety Leadership Presence

Whether you’re communicating a general safety message, leading a safety meeting, or conducting safety training or safety culture training,  one of the best ways to reinforce your message is to use a prop or other visual aid.  In fact, it can mean the difference between your audience retaining only 5% of your message, or up […]

Ask, Don’t Tell: Enhancing Your Safety Culture Development through Active Listening

There’s an old adage that we’ve mentioned many times in the past, but it’s just as important for safety culture development, particularly when communicating safety to a group of people. It goes like this: “No one disagrees with his own ideas.” That principle seems obvious enough; unfortunately we almost never leverage it to our advantage […]