October 15 2017
By: Terry L. Mathis
A lot of shots have been taken at the idea of zero accidents lately, but allow me to fire one more volley. Idealism is one of several things that tends to separate safety professionals from the business leaders with whom they work. Lofty and perfectionistic goals like zero accidents can turn off business professionals who tend to be much more practical and realistic. Although business leaders often repeat the goals and stress the importance and priority of safety to the troops, they look at the results and know the real picture. A pep talk for the team is different from a true business objective.
Although business leaders often realize the importance of safety, and safety pros often appreciate the necessity of running the business, they tend to manage very differently. This difference can potentially keep them from attaining the kind of harmony of purpose from which excellence comes.
Terry Mathis, Founder and retired CEO of ProAct Safety, has served as a consultant and advisor for top organizations the world over. A respected strategist and thought leader, Terry has authored five books, numerous articles, videos and blogs, and is known for his dynamic and engaging presentations. EHS Today has named him one of the '50 People Who Most Influenced EHS' four consecutive times. Business leaders and safety professionals seek Terry's practical insight and unique ability to introduce new perspectives that lead to real change.