February 28 2022
By: Shawn M. Galloway
If you averaged workforce responses from a question to ascertain what the vision of safety excellence is, how well would it align with the average response from management or executive leadership? Would you find unity or division? Even with the best intentions, and a tremendous amount of leveraged discretionary effort, a large group will never arrive at excellence when what excellence looks like or how it is defined is not aligned throughout the organization. If you aren't on the same page, that is precisely where to start — get on the same page.
Once the vision is defined, the organization needs to assess where they are today before creating a strategic plan to align the group and make the vision a reality. It all starts with a clear, concise and group-owned vision, not assessing the current state. If creating this future-state vision is a difficulty, then work on maturing the safety excellence thinking of the leadership team so they can think differently and perhaps a bit more audaciously.
"If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." — Lewis Carroll
"People support what they help create." W. Edwards Deming
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.