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Coaching Safety: Performance vs. Improvement

January 29th, 2014 · Comments

The most ineffective safety coaching I have ever seen had some great ideas and techniques, but it was based on a bad premise.  That premise was that supervisors and leaders should coach the day-to-day performance of their workers in an evaluative manner.  They used some powerful interaction models and evaluative techniques, but in the end, it just seemed like the boss’s opinion vs. the worker’s opinion of performance.

The best safety coaching is based on targeted improvements rather than evaluation.  Targeting specific improvements (precautions to take or behaviors that contribute to culture) helps coaching in several ways: 

  • It creates talking points that are friendly and logical (what we agreed to work on) and not subjective (what the boss does or doesn’t like)
  • It creates a clear dichotomy of performance (you either took the targeted precaution or you did not) vs. the boss thinks you did well or poorly
  • When targeted precautions are not taken, it fosters a discussion of why and why not rather than a judgment of performance
  • It creates a communication atmosphere of adult talking to adult vs. adult overseeing child
  • It creates the expectation that safety is about getting better not just staying the same


Safety coaching can be an effective tool for supervisors and leaders when done in this way.  When organizations learn how to improve safety, it is an easy and logical step to apply targeted-improvement coaching to other performance issues as well.

-Terry L. Mathis

Terry L. Mathis is the founder and CEO of ProAct Safety, an international safety and performance excellence firm. He is known for his dynamic presentations in the fields of behavioral and cultural safety, leadership, and operational performance, and is a regular speaker at ASSE, NSC, and numerous company and industry conferences. EHS Today listed Terry as a Safety Guru in ‘The 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS in 2010, 2011 and 2012-2013. He has been a frequent contributor to industry magazines for over 15 years and is the coauthor of STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence, 2013, WILEY.



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326 - Teaching Supervisors to be Safety Coaches

January 27th, 2014 · Comments

Greetings everyone, this podcast recorded while in Cotulla, TX. I’d like to share an article I wrote that was published December 2013 in BIC Magazine. The published article can either be found on the magazine’s website or under Insights at www.ProActSafety.com.

I hope you enjoy the podcast this week. If you would like to download or play on demand our other podcasts, please visit the ProAct Safety’s podcast website at: http://www.safetycultureexcellence.com. If you would like access to archived podcasts (older than 90 days – dating back to January 2008) please visit www.ProActSafety.com/Store. For more detailed strategies to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture, pick up a copy of our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence - http://proactsafety.com/insights/steps-to-safety-culture-excellence

Have a great week!


Shawn M. Galloway
ProAct Safety



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Tags: Safety Observations · Performance Management · Articles · Supervisor Safety Coaching · Leadership Safety Coaching

The Danger of Compliance

November 6th, 2013 · Comments

The goal of many safety programs is to get all workers and the workplace into compliance with applicable rules and regulations.  This is a necessary and foundational step in any effective safety effort.  However, if the goals and progression stop at compliance, this can cause crucial problems for the future.  Once the workplace passes muster and workers know and adhere to the rules, then what?  The next steps in safety must take the organization beyond the performance levels achieved through compliance.  These steps require much more of workers than simply following the rules.

Beyond compliance is excellence through safety culture.  An excellent safety culture is one in which workers are engaged, not simply conforming.  Worker engagement in safety is seldom accomplished with the tools of compliance.  A new set of tools that challenges workers to belong, participate, and expend creative energy is needed.  The tools of compliance cannot be used or even adapted to meet these challenges.  In fact, the tools used by many organizations to accomplish compliance can actually hamper or kill employee engagement.  A work force can be policed into compliance but must be coached into excellence.

Failure to change from safety cops to safety coaches can stop the progression of safety performance in its tracks.  Workers will develop a “good enough” attitude toward safety if there is no reason to go above and beyond.  They will not buy in if there is no compelling rationale.  They will not feel part of the effort if there are no involvement opportunities.  They will never own the safety-excellence effort if they are not allowed to help create it.  Recognizing the point at which compliance needs to give way to excellence is the key to continuous improvement in safety.

-Terry L. Mathis

Terry L. Mathis is the founder and CEO of ProAct Safety, an international safety and performance excellence firm. He is known for his dynamic presentations in the fields of behavioral and cultural safety, leadership, and operational performance, and is a regular speaker at ASSE, NSC, and numerous company and industry conferences. EHS Today listed Terry as a Safety Guru in ‘The 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS in 2010, 2011 and 2012-2013. He has been a frequent contributor to industry magazines for over 15 years and is the coauthor of STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence, 2013, WILEY.

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304 - Should the Safety Department Manage Safety?

August 26th, 2013 · Comments

Greetings everyone, this podcast recorded while in Clinton, Tennessee. I’d like to share an article written by Terry Mathis, published May 2013 in IndustryWeek Magazine.  It was titled, Should the Safety Department Manage Safety?  The published article can either be found on the magazine’s website or under Insights at www.ProActSafety.com.

I hope you enjoy the podcast this week. If you would like to download or play on demand our other podcasts, please visit the ProAct Safety’s podcast website at: http://www.safetycultureexcellence.com. If you would like access to archived podcasts (older than 90 days – dating back to January 2008) please visit www.ProActSafety.com/Store. For more detailed strategies to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture, pick up a copy of our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence - http://proactsafety.com/insights/steps-to-safety-culture-excellence

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway ProAct Safety

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303 - Safety leadership happens in the middle

August 19th, 2013 · Comments

Greetings everyone, this podcast recorded while in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. I’d like to share an article I wrote, published May 2013 in BIC Magazine.  It was titled, Safety leadership happens in the middle.  The published article can either be found on the magazine’s website or under Insights at www.ProActSafety.com.

I hope you enjoy the podcast this week. If you would like to download or play on demand our other podcasts, please visit the ProAct Safety’s podcast website at: http://www.safetycultureexcellence.com. If you would like access to archived podcasts (older than 90 days – dating back to January 2008) please visit www.ProActSafety.com/Store. For more detailed strategies to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture, pick up a copy of our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence - http://proactsafety.com/insights/steps-to-safety-culture-excellence

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway ProAct Safety, Inc

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300 - Leadership Support for Safety: A Self-Contradicting Term

July 29th, 2013 · Comments

Greetings everyone, this podcast recorded while in Missoula, Montana. I’d like to share an article Terry Mathis wrote, published April 2013 in EHS Today Magazine.  It was titled, Leadership Support for Safety: A Self-Contradicting Term. The published article can either be found on the magazine’s website or under Insights at www.ProActSafety.com.

I hope you enjoy the podcast this week. If you would like to download or play on demand our other podcasts, please visit the ProAct Safety’s podcast website at: http://www.safetycultureexcellence.com. If you would like access to archived podcasts (older than 90 days – dating back to January 2008) please visit www.ProActSafety.com/Store. For more detailed strategies to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture, pick up a copy of our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence - http://proactsafety.com/insights/steps-to-safety-culture-excellence

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway ProAct Safety, Inc

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Tags: Articles · Leading Safety · Supervisor Safety Coaching · Safety Culture and Performance Excellence Strategy · Safety Culture Excellence · Safety Excellence Strategy

277 - Leadership Safety Coaching - A ProAct Safety Workshop

February 18th, 2013 · Comments

Supervisors constantly communicate priorities and strategies to their workers, whether they intend to or not. With training, supervisors can take active control of the messages they send to promote safety as an organizational value. They can set levels of expectation that point everyone in the direction of safety excellence and exert a positive influence on the formation of safety culture.

Most supervisors don't have the latest training and tools for coaching workers to perform their jobs safely. Becoming an effective coach can leverage a supervisor's influence to make significant gains in accident reductions. Coaching skills also improve other areas of performance including quality and productivity as well as safety. The benefits to the organization impact almost every area of human performance.

The training contains the latest behavioral coaching techniques and directly applies them to improving safety. A model for counseling problem employees or addressing serious safety situations is also included. The design of the training utilizes advanced learning techniques and helps attendees to apply the models in the classroom to reality-based scenarios right out of the workplace.

For more information contact ProAct Safety at 936.273.8700 or info (at) ProActSafety.com

Shawn M. Galloway

ProAct Safety

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272 - I’m Sorry I Almost Killed You

January 14th, 2013 · Comments

Greetings everyone, this podcast recorded while in Orlando, FL. I’d like to share an article I wrote that was published October 2012 in my column BIC Magazine. It was titled, I’m Sorry I Almost Killed You. The published article can either be found at www.BICAlliance.com or under Insights at www.ProActSafety.com.

I hope you enjoy the podcast this week. If you would like to download or play on demand our other podcasts, please visit the ProAct Safety’s podcast website at: http://www.safetycultureexcellence.com. If you would like access to archived podcasts (older than 90 days – dating back to January 2008) please visit www.ProActSafety.com/Store.

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway

ProAct Safety, Inc

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Tags: Behavior Based Safety · Performance Management · Articles · Lean Behavior-Based Safety · Leading Safety · Supervisor Safety Coaching · Behaviour-Based Safety

268 - The Primary Tool of Organizational Excellence

December 17th, 2012 · Comments

Greetings everyone, this podcast recorded while in Bethesda, MD. For the podcast this week I’d like to share an article written by Terry Mathis, published in September 2012 in the MN Department of Administration Risk Management Alert Newsletter. It was titled, The Primary Tool of Organizational Excellence. The published article can or under Insights at www.ProActSafety.com.

I hope you enjoy the podcast this week. If you would like to download or play on demand our other podcasts, please visit the ProAct Safety’s podcast website at: http://www.safetycultureexcellence.com. If you would like access to archived podcasts (older than 90 days – dating back to January 2008) please contact us at podcast @ ProActSafety.com.

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway

ProAct Safety, Inc

Tags: Safety Management · Safety Observations · Organizational Safety Culture · Performance Management · Change Management · Articles · Leading Safety · Supervisor Safety Coaching

256 - Standing Side by Side: Principles of Effective Leadership

September 24th, 2012 · Comments

Greetings, this podcast recorded while in Nashville, Tennessee. For the podcast this week I’d like to share an article I wrote that was published in July 2012 in ASSE’s magazine, Professional Safety. It was titled, Standing Side by Side: Principles of Effective Leadership. The published article can either be found at http://www.asse.org/professionalsafety/ or under Insights at www.ProActSafety.com.

I hope you enjoy the podcast this week. If you would like to download or play on demand our other podcasts, please visit the ProAct Safety’s podcast website at: http://www.safetycultureexcellence.com. If you would like access to archived podcasts (older than 90 days – dating back to January 2008) please visit www.ProActSafety.com/Store.

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway

ProAct Safety, Inc

Tags: Safety Management · Organizational Safety Culture · Change Management · Articles · Leading Safety · Supervisor Safety Coaching · Lean Safety