Over the years, I have dined with astronauts, professional athletes, best-selling authors and even a Secretary of State, listening with great interest as they tell stories from their unique perspective of how their professional endeavors and world-renowned contributions impact humanity and even change the world. I find it interesting to break bread with such influential people, yet I’m not star-struck or disillusioned by their public personae. While their larger-than-life endeavors are far from ordinary, it is not lost on me that I sit elbow-to-elbow, every day, working with some of the most extraordinary professionals and executives in the safety industry in pursuit of perhaps the most noble of charters: safety excellence. The journey to pursue sustainable safety excellence and a proactive safety culture is the same for executives as it is for astronauts and Super Bowl champions. Each needs a concise, well-communicated strategy of how to get and repeat great results, a clear vision of what success looks like in observable terms, and a roadmap to know precisely what they did to get there. Executives from the best companies maintain a cultural mindset that continuous improvement is always possible and allow for flexibility as business conditions, consumer demand, technology, regulations and unplanned obstacles threaten to change the corporate landscape.