Managing safety is really about managing people within an organization. The key to achieving success in any business initiative is to communicate the 'Why' in a way that speaks to their hearts and minds – and that goes for all people in your organization, regardless of what level they are in. It was this approach that helped former ALCOA CEO, Paul O’Neil, use safety as a lever to successfully drive organizational change in the 1980's. This premise still works today. When your organizational goal is to send people home safely to their families, you’re effectively speaking to the heart of the "why" in a way that all people in your organization will respond to.
We all come to our jobs with mental models that have been developed throughout the course of our lives. They may come from an individual's upbringing, norms from country of origin, religious beliefs, or the countries they have worked for in the past. But while we all may have different mental models, strong leaders have made this realization: the processes and mental models that drive change towards a safer and healthier workplace are the same ones that drive organizational change to achieve operational and commercial excellence as well.
Join me at ASSE’s Safety 2017 Professional Development Conference in Denver, CO for a highly interactive, deep dive into developing (your) Cultural Competence Strategies for Global Safety Success. In this hands-on seminar, we will 'connect the dots' between people, internal and external stakeholders, cultural impacts, organizational change, safety and health management and operational and commercial excellence. You will walk away with strategies that will help you make good decisions for you and your company now and in the future. Click here for more information.
President, Global Solutions Inc.