March 10 2019
By: Terry L. Mathis
Would you like to see your safety culture become independent and then interdependent? Is that happening? Maybe you are not wishing hard enough, or maybe you are not doing the things that are necessary to make it happen. Do you really think that aiming at a target is all it takes to make you hit it?
If your strategy, leadership and engagement initiatives do not align to make your culture move in this direction, then it will not move. Your existing safety strategy (if you have one) will not move your culture along the Bradley curve if it has not done so already. Micromanaging workers will not move them to independence; it will take another management style. If you have not fully engaged your employees, you will need to do so to move them from dependent to independent then to interdependent. Do you have the metrics in place to monitor progress through these cultural stages?
The Bradley Curve is a metric, not a methodology. If you want to make it a reality, you will have to do more than wish.
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.