July 04 2022
By: Shawn M. Galloway
I coach leaders in their efforts to shape EHS (environmental, health, and safety) performance and culture. Coaching is about helping people perform to the best of their abilities every time, everywhere. Coaching is not a disciplinary step. When a leader hires me to coach one of their subordinate leaders, I first work to ensure the individual is open to a coaching relationship and understands this is to turn them into a rock star performer, not a tool of last resort.
Next, we align on what behaviors the hiring leader feels the coached leader can improve. Most of the time, the coached leader is surprised by the desired target behaviors. Why? Often because what is desired hasn't been effectively articulated in behavioral terms. Sometimes, they do not know how to. Either way, if you don't have everyone on the same page, that is precisely where to start. Create the page. If you need help, call me; it is one of my specialties.
"I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities." — Bob Nardelli
"Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat." — Sun Tzu
"A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are." — Ara Parseghian
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.