Psychological safety creates “The perfect forum”

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“Danny, you’ve built the perfect forum for leaders. We can admit what we don’t know. We can ask for help. We discuss how to become less biased. In the mastermind, vulnerability is not seen as weakness. It is seen as a strength.”

What a compliment!

What we can learn from Google

In 2015 Google released the results of a two-year study titled, “Project Aristotle.”

So what is psychological safety?

Amy Edmondson defined the term psychological safety in 1999 as:

And how can you build psychological safety?

Edmondson’s research identified the beliefs, behaviors, and constructs which fostered psychological safety on teams.

Six questions to consider . . .

I’d like to end with some reflection questions.

  • Do your people respect each other and show genuine interest in each other as people?
  • Do you welcome everyone’s thoughts? Especially those with thoughts different than yours!
  • Do you have regular feedback loops built into the organization in order to promote change and improvement?
  • Do you engage in constructive conflict?
  • Is help available to those who need it?

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