A high-level safety and health professional (weâ€™ll call him Herman for purposes of our instructive example â€” no offense to real Hermans, past, present, or future) has all the proper training and credentials for his role. He has the right work experience, and is fully competent in the technical aspects of his job. Heâ€™s enjoyed some success in previous individual contributor roles.
But now with his current level of responsibility, he has to work in close collaboration with others to get his job done. Unfortunately, management is largely ignoring him except around issues of compliance, and the safety initiatives he is responsible for seem to be effective only if he is physically there to push and audit them.