Category: Theory and Practice

Training, Workshops, Exercises and Tools

Psychological Safety Presentation

I get asked a lot if I can help out with presentation content for internal training, talks or similar, so here is a slide deck for a psychological safety presentation that I’ve delivered a number of times and you’re welcome to use. Please attribute fairly. In addition to the slide decks below, the Psychological Safety…
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How to Run Psychologically Safe Meetings

Meetings, whether in-person or virtual (or the worst kind – a hybrid of the two, where some attendees are together in a room, and the others are remote), are a fact of life for many of us. In fact, many of us spend up to 90% of our working day in one kind of meeting…
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Wikipedia, Psychological Safety, & the Tragedy of Open Source

I have spent quite some some time working to contribute to the Wikipedia page on psychological safety, particularly in respect to the section on History of the subject. Dr Amy Edmondson was kind enough to help structure and edit it. Unfortunately, it recently became the victim of overzealous Wikipedia editors who have stripped much of…
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The 12 Best Books About Psychological Safety

There are so many leadership books that propose to hold the key to unlocking team and organisational performance that it can be really difficult to decide which ones to actually read. To help you build psychological safety in your organisation, here is a carefully curated selection of books that highlight the importance of psychological safety…
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Psychological Safety in The Military and Elite Sports

There’s not a great deal of research or writing available about psychological safety in the military, despite one of the best leadership books available – “Turn the Ship Around” by David Marquet, being about how he used empowering leadership and psychological safety to drastically improve the performance of the crew of the US Navy Submarine,…
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The Difference Between Physical Safety and Psychological Safety (and how to climb K2).

A safe state of mind. Psychological safety is “being able to show and employ one’s self without fear of negative consequences of self-image, status or career” (Kahn 1990, p. 708). That is: psychological safety refers to a personal state of mind of being safe in your team and amongst colleagues; it is not about being protected…
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The Benefits of Psychological Safety

The tangible benefits of building psychological safety in your organisation range from improved innovation, better ideas, and products that thrill your customers, through to reduced risk of failures, breaches, and non-compliance.

Clarity – The Psychological Safety Anchor at Work

What are you doing right now? Is what you’re working on right now, of value? seen by others? of good enough quality? the top priority? contributing to the goal of the organisation? It’s often difficult for people to know that what they’re doing is the right thing, and if their work is contributing to the…
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