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Psychologically safe and sound

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Psychologically safe and sound

Have you ever been part of a team where you felt truly safe to be yourself? It's not just about shared goals and values; cultivating psychological safety is what sets good teams apart from the great ones.

On a scale of 1-10, how safe do you feel to share your ideas and concerns in your team or workplace? Write it down.

Consider: what makes you feel psychologically safe may not be the same for others.

Practice: active listening and asking open-ended questions to create a safe space for others to express their ideas and opinions without fear of judgement.

Decide to: commit to creating a culture of psychological safety by modeling the behaviours and attitudes you want to see in your team. Lead by example, and encourage others to do the same.

Safe minds, strong teams


Creating a workplace with a strong culture of psychological safety is the ultimate secret to success! Harvard Professor Amy Edmondson's research found that when people feel safe to speak up, take risks, and learn from mistakes, innovation thrives and high-performing teams emerge.

In his book '
The Four Stages of Psychological Safety', Timothy R. Clark has built on Edmonson's concept and given us a roadmap for creating a psychologically safe workplace. According to Dr. Clark, we need to move through the four stages to feel comfortable enough to speak up, make valuable contributions and reach our full potential.

He encourages us to ask ourselves "Do we feel included, safe to learn, safe to contribute, and safe to challenge the status quo? And are we creating an environment where others can do these four things too?"

With our collective efforts, we can create a workplace where everyone feels valued, respected, and free to be their awesome selves!

If you'd like to learn more about nurturing psychological safety in teams and workplaces, I've got just the thing for you! I had the pleasure of sitting down with Kate Connors last week, a prominent psychologist and Chief Mental Health Advisor, to discuss the complex and multifaceted nature of this topic. 

You can check out the full discussion
here, or subscribe to my Love Mondays More newsletter on LinkedIn where Kate and I delve deeper into this topic. I hope you find our conversation helpful and inspiring!

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