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 […]

Get Your Spectators on the Field: Tips for Improving Safety Culture

The Energy Investment Model is a way of looking at the attitudes of people facing planned change, such as improving safety culture, and how much energy they will invest in that attitude. This can be a very handy tool when planning stakeholder management, as part of an overall change management plan. Each of us can […]

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 […]

Dealing with the “Walking Dead” When Doing Safety Culture Development

In a previous article, I introduced the Energy Investment Model developed by Claude Lineberry. The model looks at the different attitudes people have towards planned change, such as safety culture development, and how much energy they are willing to invest in that attitude. Based on those two variables, we are able to place employees in […]

“Hearing Ain’t Listening”: Enhancing Your Safety Culture Development through Active Listening

In any safety culture development initiative, one skill that’s key for communicating a safety message in a group setting is listening.  But listening is more than just hearing.  In fact, listening and hearing are two different things. Hearing is a faculty / listening is a skill.  Just because we’ve heard a question or response from […]