To be a functional safety manager, it is very important to have a power of words. As a functional safety manager, if my asking, which is a request somebody to do something, sounds like a dog’s barking, what will happen?
I remember a Sun Tzu’s history. Sun Tzu is an author of “The art of War”. He believed that usage of military strategy is effective compared to just “fighting”. It is natural, but at that time there was no such a concept of strategy.
At first his concept is not accepted when he was appointed as a war strategist. King said that if your word is true, show me using my several maid of honor.
They felt that it is a fun. But he is very serious. He felt hurt in his pride. So he commands but they did not follow.
He considered this situation is a violation of military rule, and its punishment is beheading of two heads of maid of honor.
The king was in panic, and they were also. King tried to hesitate him, but he killed both.
So, how will you change your environment? You cannot kill people, how can you make them change their perception? How can you cultivate culture of functional safety?
This story might help you how to start.