David Sarkus

David Sarkus

The Safety Coach®
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Behind the Curtain to Zero-Incident Safety!™
Leaders drive culture and zero-incident success in safety but how is it accomplished? This talk addresses three primary categories that relate to leadership, engagement, and culture as well as more than 20 related strategies and tactics. These proven strategies and tactics have been used by numerous world-class organizations to reach zero and stay there for many, many years of sustainable success. These “behind the curtain” strategies and tactics will help your leaders develop a unique platform and execute a robust plan for your own zero-incident success!

Leading from the Heart™ or Everyone's a Safety Coach!™
It's difficult for workers to trust and understand the kinds of principles that must be used to help individuals and teams work safer on a regular basis. In fact, some leaders don't quite know where to begin! David reveals The 7C's that anyone, in any organization, can use to help everyone achieve their very best. These 7 principles will help your organization move together in the same direction through a common vision for world-class safety performance!

Critical Conversations for Safety™
Many leaders think that feedback is feedback and will eventually lead to long term changes with regard to workers’ safety-related attitudes and actions. Well, that’s simply not true and all feedback and communications is not alike. In fact, different kinds of feedback will lead to different kinds of changes in the beliefs (attitudes) and behaviors (actions) of your workers. If you are looking to move people to deep and lasting changes, there’s a formula for success. In fact, David discusses three kinds of changes you should be seeking along with the specific types of communications that will aid in having “critical conversations.” These critical conversations are part of the feedback that leads to durable and lasting changes in your peoples’ lives – at work and away from it!

Be Courageous For Safety’s Sake!™
Being a part of something bigger than yourself or your dreams takes courage, strength, and persistence. And it takes courageous men and women to be safety leaders within their own companies. It takes courage to step-up and be different and at times, go against the grain. Workers draw courage and strength to be a part of vision for excellence in safety when they are appropriately challenged and given the principles to move forward. This talk will make you and your people laugh, learn, and step-out to be a courageous safety leader. You’ll hear an engaging and motivating message about being a coach, a caring leader, and a visionary — someone who can be an integral part of a zero-accident culture.

Servant Leadership and Safety!™
Leaders often struggle to find a sense of identity and purpose within their organizations. And it is a dilemma to fully understand what kinds of leadership principles and practices lead to outstanding safety results. Good leadership doesn't have to be left unveiled and murky - it can be made clear and full of purpose. In this inspiring talk, David shares the core beliefs and principles that many leaders have discovered will impact the bottom-line in ways they never thought possible. Servant Leadership and safety are here to stay and this talk discusses why it works and that you can expect great results!

Hey - Let's Talk About Change!™
Change is a constant within industry that often leads to fear frustration, and resistance from individuals and groups. How can organizations and their people work through various levels of safety-related change? David shares a simple three-step approach learned from his 20 years in safety that will inspire employees to embrace change and achieve greater results!

Teamwork Taking Your Team to the Top!™
One of the biggest reasons organizations fail to reach their safety potential is the lack of teamwork. Many organizations don't recognize the key elements for team success. David reveals the five most important components that will bond people together and catapult organizations to world-class status!

PACE Yourself for Safety!™
Safety professionals understand that workers don’t always take personal responsibility for their safety and the safety of others. And at times, they are prone to not paying attention to the right kinds of things! But what separates your better safety performers from those who are less than safe? Often it's "how" and "what they pay attention to" at work and at home. Elite athletes and outstanding safety performers in industry share a common formula for success — their ability to take control of their own thoughts and actions and to pay attention to the right things. These higher-performing individuals have the ability and know-how to pay attention to what’s really important. In this talk, you and your people will be inspired and will learn about three critical safety-concentration channels and how to use them. They will also learn how to take personal control at all times and to work through distractions. When your people understand that they need to take control of their own safety, and how to do it, great success in safety is sure to follow!

Why Book David Sarkus?

  • He provides a high-content performance sprinkled with humor and impactful storytelling that brings people together to promote improved teamwork.

  • He helps improve your ability to make safety-related changes and move your organization towards its vision for an accident-free culture.

  • As a Certified Safety Professional, David is prepared and passionate about helping you succeed in your organizational goals.

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    For over 25 years, David Sarkus, MS, CSP has moved and motivated thousands of workers to become safer, healthier, and more productive. As a safety professional, he has won several honors, including a Best Practices Award for TRW Inc. David is a frequent contributor and featured author for publications such as Professional Safety and Industrial Safety & Hygiene News (ISHN). He’s also served as Technical Editor for ISHN. David has written more than 50 articles and authored five books. He is the co-host of a Coastal best selling video, Safety Coach, which features one of college football’s all-time great coaches, Bobby Bowden.

    As a speaker, David's skills are applauded by the same quality and level of professionals. David provides a high-content performance sprinkled with humor and impactful storytelling. He relates effectively with men and women from all walks — from senior management to shop floor workers. David Sarkus will make things happen and get the results you want to achieve! It is not uncommon for some of David’s clients to achieve record-setting results following David’s talks and workshops. Numerous organizations have worked many quarters without a recordable injury; sustained zero-injury turnarounds for the first time in 10 years or more; and others have increased safety-related engagement from the workforce by more that 175% — much of which is attributed to David’s motivational safety talks and safety training sessions. As a skilled professional speaker, David brings people together in ways that promote improved teamwork and positive changes in personal commitment. And as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) with advanced degrees in safety and psychology, David is prepared and passionate about helping you succeed. Ultimately, his work will move your organization towards its vision for an accident-free culture!

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    "I have had the great fortune to have met and worked with David 'Coach' Sarkus. David’s message has helped me truly understand how to exert ‘influential leadership’ and effectively teach and help operational leaders to become ‘Safety Coaches.’ His approach and material content has changed the way I manage safety in a way that has created durable and lasting change. If you want to dramatically improve the safety performance of your organization, you should strongly consider working with David Sarkus, The Safety Coach®. Don’t accept the impostors!"
    --Moen Incorporated

    "Just a quick note of thanks for the tremendous job you did at our four Leadership Conferences. Our participant evaluations told the story – our participants graded us out above the 97th percentile in achieving conference goals... David we will be calling on you in the future, as a key element in our leadership development program."
    --Eagle Materials

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