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Watch Now: Does Psychological Safety really exist?

Michael Clegg | 10/31/2023

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If you’ve been wondering whether this is just another buzzword or something that can truly change the game in your organization, then you’re in the right place. Let’s break it all down and discover how psychological safety is not just a concept but a real, actionable force that can drive success.

What is Psychological Safety?

Psychological safety is a term that’s been floating around, but what does it really mean?

At its core, it’s about creating an environment where you can speak up, ask questions, and address concerns without the fear of punishment or humiliation. It’s about being free to make mistakes, to learn, and to grow. It’s not just a theoretical concept; it’s a tangible reality that can supercharge your team and organization.

Understanding Psychological Safety:

  • Definition: Belief in a safe environment where one won’t be punished for mistakes.
  • The freedom to speak up, ask questions, and address concerns.
  • Debunking the myth: Psychological safety is not just something organizations talk about; it’s real.

Benefits of Psychological Safety:

  • Encouraging team members to speak up in meetings, fostering active participation.
  • How collaboration drives innovation and efficiency within teams.
  • Tackling tough challenges more effectively.
  • The impact on productivity and profitability.

Creating Psychological Safety:

  • The four essential steps to building trust and psychological safety within your teams:
    • Regular one-on-one meetings (60-30-10 rule).
    • Skip-level meetings to connect with direct reports’ employees.
    • Informal “breaking bread” sessions for deeper relationship development.
    • Conducting regular “stay interviews” for valuable insights.

The Power of Vulnerability:

  • Leaders must lead by example, showcasing vulnerability and authenticity.
  • The importance of apologizing and admitting mistakes publicly.
  • Building respect before seeking to be liked.

Fostering a Culture of Psychological Safety:

  • Leveraging the “Leadership Square” framework:
    • Culture: Setting expectations, values, and beliefs.
    • Connection: Developing deep relationships within the team.
  • Prioritizing authenticity, open communication, and vulnerability.
  • Nurturing a culture where team members feel free to voice concerns and contribute.

The path to psychological safety may not be easy, but it’s worth it. Realize the immense benefits for individuals and organizations and cultivate trust through consistent, deliberate actions.

There’s way more to learn by watching the whole video, so go check it out to learn how you can implement Psychological Safety in YOUR organization.

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