Understanding the Cycle of Safety-Culture Change

Understanding the Cycle of Safety-Culture ChangeIn our last issue we began a series on understanding the dynamics of changing and leading a safety culture, and there we saw that the most difficult part about change is not the process per se, but the people you have to persuade. If you plan to undertake an effort like this then you have to anticipate the resistance that you will invariably encounter.  It’s not a question of whether you’ll encounter resistance, but what level of resistance you’ll encounter. A failure to recognize, and plan for, this resistance is a sure-fire way to derail the effort.  That means your implementation plan must include a way to manage the resistance effectively.

About the Author

Eric Svendsen
Eric Svendsen, Ph.D., is Principal and lead change agent for safetyBUILT-IN, a safety-leadership learning and development organization. He has over 20 years experience in creating and executing outcomes-based leadership development and culture change initiatives aligned to organizational goals, and he personally led the safety-culture initiatives of a number of client organizations that resulted in “best ever safety performance” years for those companies.