“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.

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 […]