Change vs. Complacency! Which Has More Risk?

Change vs. Complacency! Which Has More Risk?

We all face risk every day whether we know it or not.  We choose to get up and out of bed, exposing ourselves to the world, not knowing what’s going to happen.  Hopefully we make good choices, especially in situations that are of high consequence.  It’s easy to get in our habits and let down our guards and that’s scary when our lives are on the line.

We all have a job to do and we want to do it well.  Not only is our livelihood on the line, but the lives and well-being of those around us as well as the company’s assets.  No man is an island unto himself and we don’t live in a vacuum.  In some regard, we are either continuing to learn, grow, and become better at what we do, or we become stagnant and get caught in the current pushing backwards towards complacency.

To embrace change is risky!  It forces us to do things differently, have conversations that may make us uncomfortable, and ask for feedback concerning our blind spots.  Change is one of the main things that leads to a team that is NOT COMPLACENT.

With change comes heightened awareness.  We embrace a sense of novelty and growth, knowing that we’re not perfect, but we’re trying to do things perfectly because so much is on the line.  We become more consistently and appropriately alert, avoiding the “cruise control” which feels so good but often causes accidents and losses.

Use a positive perspective of embracing change in order to help lead yourself and your team to better performance.  Embracing change also helps you and your team to embrace Behavior Based Safety principles de facto.

  • Team members must communicate effectively and clearly to know what changes are happening and why.  You will quickly know if your team communicates well and is on the same page.

  • Engagement and agency in the team’s workflow process will help to reveal the main actors from the players.  Who’s taking the lead role?

  • Change becomes pro-active as people continually look for ways to do things better and more safely.

What’s the difference between a rut and a grave?  6” vs. 6’.  If you and your team are in a rut, think about what you can change to make it better.  Avoid that cruise control button and have some tough conversations with your teammates.  In the end, despite being uncomfortable with change– which we often all are– the end result will bring the team out of a rut and into a big, wide open field where anything is possible.  Even ZERO!

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