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How to win on the business battlefield

“As a NASA employee, I was required to participate in training sessions regarding leadership, project management, and safety. Brian’s presentation beats them all. I know I will benefit greatly from this experience.”
– Nicole Stott, Astronaut, retired, NASA

Tailored to you

Tailored keynote presentations to meet your industry,  company and audience needs.



Workshops to take your organization’s culture to the next level. Practical, hands-on ideas to transform your organization.


Documented Steps

An understanding of what a thriving safety culture looks like and concrete action steps to creating one.



Low-cost, high-reward implementation strategies that help establish and sustain a culture of prevention.

Put 30 years of experience, to work for you. Here are the top reasons why you need to hire Brian Fielkow as YOUR next Safety speaker now…

    30 years of executive leadership experience. Brian relates to his audiences as a peer. Practical, hands on advice. No fluff!

    Experience leading privately held and Fortune 100 companies. Solutions that work in all environments. Easy to implement – High Value – Low Cost!

    Presented internationally to tens of thousands on the how to build a healthy company culture.

    Nationally recognized thought leader on topics of building engaged workforces and cultures that deliver bottom line results. Featured frequently in national media outlets including Fox Business, Inc, Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur.

    One of Houston’s most admired CEO’s (Houston Business Journal); National Safety Council Distinguished Service to Safety Award; Vistage International Leadership Award.



"An investment in your safety culture, is an investment in your bottom line."

Today, Brian shows audiences around the world how to develop and anchor a behavior based environment that promotes accountability by providing them with hands-on tools to create and sustain a culture of prevention.

Brian's Keynotes


Leading People Safely Focuses on:

  • Safety Culture

    What is a safety culture, and why is it important?

  • Utilizing Useful Tools

    Tools for leaders to drive a safety culture throughout an organization

  • Sound Strategy

    Strategies to anchor your safety culture to your front-line employees

  • Leading Principles

    Ten leadership principles to deliver extraordinary safety results

  • An Actionable Plan

    A game plan to establish and grow your safety culture

  • Promoting Accountability

    How to promote accountability — make the safe decision, even when no one is looking

"Brian, your presentation was outstanding and resonated with everyone. It will spark many conversations within everyone’s respective organizations and bring about change. Just consider the conversations it generated today. We will never know how many lives will be saved or injuries averted from this one presentation! I want to thank everyone for making today’s safety meeting a success and renewing the commitment to a safe port Partnering for Progress . Having all of our tenants, stevedores, ILA and other Port partners in the room was great and gives me confidence that we will have the buy in needed. We can do this!"

– Phyllis Saathoff,
CPA Executive Director/CEO

“One of the measures of great training is how people are applying the message when they get back to their everyday operations. It has been great to hear our managers and supervisors quoting from Brian’s presentation and developing methods for implementing the ideas. His passion for safety performance was loud and clear throughout his presentation.”

– Tracy Bartels,
Health and Safety Manager,
Vail Resorts, Inc.

“Brian’s expertise, perspectives, and best practices for developing a safety culture was extraordinarily well-received, especially at a time
 when risk management, accident prevention and mitigation, soaring 
insurance premiums, and the threat of destructive litigation are the issues keeping our members up at night. Many attendees noted they will take back Brian’s proven track record of success to improve and implement a safety culture designed to ensure their businesses thrive for years to come.”


– Chris Smith,
VP Transportation,
Specializes Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA)

Leading People Safely: At Its Core

The following are core messages contained in Brian Fielkow’s Leading People Safely Keynote. Content is customized to the requirements of each audience.

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  • Safety Is a Hard-Core Business Proposition

    Building a safety culture is a strategic decision. It’s an investment. If safety seems expensive, consider the cost of injuries, accidents and messed up operations.

  • Know Accountability — Know Safety

    A company can cause an injury/incident as easily as an individual. For a vibrant safety culture to take hold, we must focus on three types of accountability: Individual, organizational and peer to peer.  

  • The Three T’s: Treatment, Transparency & Trust

    Safety starts in the heart and with employee engagement.  To accomplish this, we’ll focus on Treatment, Transparency and Trust.  Where the Three T’s are present, employees are more likely to own safety as a core value.

  • Build a Safety Brand

    Build an internal safety brand for use as a powerful rallying point for your whole team.

  • Normalization of Deviance

    Avoid letting shortcuts become the norm and why safety failures seem to come in waves.

  • Culture Contracts

    Create a one-page safety culture contract spelling out the unique rules of engagement at your company.

  • Safety Is Not a Priority

    Discuss the difference between a priority and a value and why safety must be a nonnegotiable core value.

  • Engage Your Families

    To keep our employees safe, it’s a best practice to engage their family members in your safety mission. Family members must partner with us to eliminate distractions and to ensure that their loved ones come to work rested and ready. Working together, we can get everyone home safely every night.

  • “Risk” vs. “Chance”

    Learn why there needs to be an enterprise understanding that you can manage risk but you cannot manage chance.

  • Power vs. Authority

    Identify those employees in your organization who have the power to improve safety.

  • "Just Culture"

    Explore why a “one size fits all” discipline based approach to safety failures is not effective.

  • Dismiss Severity

    Explore why there is no such thing as a “minor accident” and explain why getting to the root cause of all incidents is required to practice prevention.

  • Safety Dysfunctions

    Understand common safety dysfunctions including abdicated safety leadership, institutional acceptance of accidents and sugarcoating the facts. Discuss ways to overcome these dysfunctions.

  • Eliminate Toxic Behavior

    Identify toxic behaviors that are sure to undermine your safety performance and discuss how to properly address those behaviors.

  • Capturing the Close Calls

    Get new ideas about how to capture close calls and eliminate the reasons why most close calls are not reported.

  • Safety & Compliance

    Just because you are compliant does not mean you are safe. Compliance in and of itself is not effective in the establishment of a lasting culture of prevention.

  • 20/60/20 Rule

    Determine if bottom performers are coachable and learn how to organically weed out misaligned employees.

  • Safety Vs. Productivity

    If production pressure is not managed, it leads to short cuts, disregard for process and safety failures. We must overcome the myth that safety hinders productivity. World class companies are safe and productive. It’s not an “either/or” proposition.

  • Embrace Technology

    Learn how to integrate safety based technologies into your company in a way that your frontline employees will embrace.

  • Shock & Awe: When everything else stops working

    Sometimes, your safety playbook stops working. Often, there’s no immediate explanation. In this instance, you need to push the reset button quickly and in a way that gets everyone’s attention immediately. We’ll talk about how a “shock and awe” campaign can get your safety initiative back on track quickly.

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"Leading People Safely: How to Win on the Business Battlefield provides a roadmap for safety leadership. Rest assured that your efforts to implement these ideas can mean the difference between winning and losing on the business battlefield."

The Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt,
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman,
Leading People Safely, Foreword

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