June 17 2020
By: Shawn M. Galloway
When things do not go as planned, how adaptable and quick-responding you are will be your primary competitive advantage.
Agility is the ability to move or respond with ease and speed. Leaders within companies that pivot like it was preplanned when facing this pandemic to remain of value, are agile. How agile are you as a leader and with your approaches to safety improvement? If you or your efforts are too rigid, they can fracture.
Resilience is observed with those who adapt successfully when experiencing tragic events or other significant sources of personal or work-related stress. The first half of 2020 has provided an abundance of stressors. COVID-19 took many by surprise. Agile safety leaders quickly inserted themselves into the strategic discussions regarding business continuity planning. Despite the way things were always done being quickly thrown out the window, ground was never lost with the progress towards safety excellence. Resilient and imaginative leaders promptly adapted and successfully overcame.
How companies spend their resources is a matter of priorities and perceived value. Efforts to improve safety performance and culture should be of value and create the perception of value. We must focus on the right things. However, if we see value in our area of focus but employees or leadership do not, funding will be pulled and a culture of have-to rather than want-to is created.
Leaders who prove agility and resilience not only survive, they thrive. Look for ways to demonstrate both to employees and leaders within your company as often as possible. Be the strategic safety leader your company needs. You can't afford not to.
Stay healthy and safe.
Shawn M. Galloway, President
ProAct Safety, Inc.
Shawn M. Galloway is CEO of the global consultancy ProAct Safety. He is a trusted advisor, professional keynote speaker and author of several bestselling books on safety strategy, culture, leadership and behavior-based safety. He is a monthly columnist for several magazines and one of the most prolific contributors in the industry, having also authored over 650 podcasts, 200 articles and 100 videos. Shawn has received awards and recognition for his significant contributions from the American Society of Safety Professionals, National Safety Council's Top 40 Rising Stars and Top Ten Speakers, EHS Today Magazine's 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS, ISHN Magazine's POWER 101 - Leaders of the EHS World and their newest list: 50 Leaders for Today and Tomorrow and Pro-Sapien's list of The Top 11 Health and Safety Influencers.