At the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Safety 2013 opening session in Las Vegas, Peter Sheahan, founder and CEO of ChangeLabs, shared four steps to effectively address change and turn it into a competitive advantage.
Sheahan told thousands of Safety 2013 attendees during the June 25 opening session that while he may not be an occupational safety insider, he can certainly see that the profession and industry is facing change – and his presentation was geared toward helping professionals navigate that change.
Throughout his work implementing platforms for change all over the world, Sheahan said he has witnessed only three responses to change: curling up in the fetal position and simply hoping it all goes away; acknowledging that change exists but being unwilling to do anything about it; and recognizing not only that change is happening, but that the organization must do something about it. It is this final, most construction approach to change that Sheahan focused on.
“It turns out that just being open to change and acknowledging it and being willing to do something about it is not enough,” he said. Instead, organizations and leaders must take additional steps to ensure they can turn change into an opportunity and create a competitive advantage.
Safety 2013: Four Strategies for Turning Change into a Competitive Advantage