David Sarkus

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Biography

David Sarkus International provides a full menu of value-added safety services and consultative support for the biggest and best organizations in the world. Some of our core services include safety culture assessments; strategic safety planning; safety culture improvement processes; safety culture branding; behavior-based safety; safety coaching and safety leadership training; engagement and alignment tools; executive coaching; safety management auditing; and even cutting-edge attention control tactics.

Customized safety interventions have produced reductions in key performance indicators from 35% to over 85% from the previous year. These kinds of results are scalable and sustainable. As a motivational safety speaker, David Sarkus, MS, CSP provides the kind of content and delivery that will engage, enlighten, and motivate employees at all organizational levels. We don’t do everything, but everything we do, will help you to create and sustain a safety culture that will allow you embrace world-class success!

Speaking Topics

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!

Mental Toughness - The Critical Safety Edge™
Mental toughness is a very hot topic that needs to be embraced in order to reach higher levels of individual and group performance. Successful athletes, workers, managers, and executives need to have a well-developed mental edge, tenacity, and competitive drive that catapults them to higher levels of personal achievement and greater success in safety. Can it be learned or developed? You bet! Mental toughness can be strengthened, refined, and embraced as an individual and collective resource and your organization needs to know how.

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!

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!

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