Category: In The Workplace

Psychological Safety & High Performing Teams

Psychological Safety Team Performance Exercise

This is an example of a really powerful exercise to qualitatively measure psychological safety, team performance, and work collaboratively to increase both, via a workshop that can be carried out remotely or in-person. There is sometimes a misconception made that psychological safety is a “fluffy” concept, about being “soft”, or accepting lower standards. This is…
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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. View a recording of my talk about “Psychological Safety in…
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Six Ways 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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The Difference Between Trust And Psychological Safety

Trusting other people When building psychological safety in a team, or in any group context, it’s necessary to consider trust. Trust and psychological safety are sometimes confused with each other, and whilst they are related, trust is simply a component of psychological safety. Trust can be defined as the extent to which we hold expectations…
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Ten Ways To Create Psychological Safety At Work

Building psychological safety at work, in your team or in your organisation may seem like a very daunting task, and it can be hard to know where to start. Here are ten things you can do right now that will help to create psychological safety at work, and reap significant benefits for you, the team,…
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Psychological Safety in Remote And Virtual Teams

In early 2020, due to the Covid 19 outbreak, many organisations around the world went through a sudden digital transformation and many teams became remote. With this near-instant operational pivot to distributed and remote teams, organisations and the people within them encountered new and difficult challenges such as poor internet connectivity, inadequate home offices, and…
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Seven Behaviours That Damage Psychological Safety

Psychological safety is created through shared values and positive behaviours, where a culture of trusting, helping, and elevating means that all members of the team can work productively and be their true selves, without fear. There are great benefits to be had through building psychological safety at work. Liu et al (2020) found a negative…
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Cognitive Load and Psychological Safety

On a recent Agile Engineering Podcast we discussed cognitive load and how it relates to psychological safety. Cognitive Load Our human working memory, our capacity to learn and solve problems, is a system with limited capacity. The amount of information presented, any distractions in the environment, and one’s existing knowledge and capability all influence our capacity to…
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Three Simple Exercises to Build Psychological Safety at Work

It’s a long and worthwhile journey to build high levels of psychological safety in your organisation, and much of the hard work involves excellent leadership, clarity of direction, effective support, vulnerability, curiosity and much more. However there are some simple exercises that you can carry out with your teams that directly build psychological safety in…
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Psychological Safety Poster Pack

Normally part of the Complete Psychological Safety Action Pack, you can download all six posters in high quality pdf format by entering your email address below.