On 11 May Brendan Doyle, GSI Operations Director, as a guest of the United Technologies Corporation (includes Pratt & Whitney, and Otis amongst its individual businesses) delivered a presentation at the Global OHS Leaders Seminar, Singapore.
The presentation title was ‘Leadership as a Critical Control’. The key messages to the audience in the presentation included:
- history provides a very painful lesson in that even record performance in lag indicators such as LTIFR or TRIFR have not prevented significant incidents involving serious injury and fatality
- in fact a pre-occupation and reliance on lag indicators as a measure of safety/absence of risk could have contributed to these serious events through a false sense of security and accompanying complacency
- today’s risk management should be about critical risks and critical control management
- the failure of leadership should be considered a critical risk to the business
- put another way leadership should be seen as a critical control in effectively managing all critical risks
During his week in Singapore, Brendan visited several of the UTC Singapore Operations as well as other organisations interested to learn more about GSI including the Singapore Public Utility Board.The challenge put to the seminar audience was whether they were measuring the competence of their leaders to lead safely, and whether their leadership development process was supporting their leaders to lead safely, under all conditions and context.