Too many managers, especially those working in safety complain of being trapped in meeting rooms or behind a desk. When faced with real-world concerns, they communicate policy, statistics and too often, “corporate-speak”, but don’t provide on-the-ground leadership to make change happen.
Energy and construction companies have had to reduce their costs due to low commodity prices. Projects and operating sites have eliminated HSE advisors and technicians. External services, including training support, have been cut.
In the business world, we are enamored with leadership. (A search for “Business Leadership” in Google gets 907,000,000 results.) The consensus opinion is that, “If only we had smarter, more developed, more transformed leaders our organizations would all be okay.”