Guest Contributor – Samantha McGolrick
Before establishing SM Safety Solutions, Samantha McGolrick worked for the Australian arm of global consulting firm Deloitte, where she provided health and safety advisory and compliance services. Twice nominated for Business Woman of the Year, Samantha has worked with a number of national and international clients in both the public and private sectors, across multiple industries.
How To Lead Like Paul O’Neill
At Alcoa in the 80s, Paul O’Neill used safety as a unifying point of collaboration in the business and created a habit around providing safe & healthy work, from executive to those on the factory floor.
By getting people to be more conscious about the health & safety of their colleagues and/or workers and promoting that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect (no matter their pay grade, race, ethnicity, sex, age, or other characteristics), O’Neill created a chain reaction that led to broader business improvements.
In fact, those improvements created efficiencies that increased Alcoa’s market capitalisation by $27 billion and led to the company becoming one of the best performing stocks on the Dow Jones Index.
Paul O’Neill’s leadership approach in 3 steps
- Communicate your vision to the entire organisation and back that vision up with non-negotiables
- Follow through to show your commitment
- Reach every person in the organisation