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The Accelerating Transformation Of Employee Mental Health & Safety

We have moved from an (1) agrarian to an (2) industrial to a (3) service, and finally to an (4) experience economy, yet it took more than 250 years to fully acknowledge the need for physical health and safety and build a management system to sustain it.

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Is Your Toxic Boss Actively Toxic Or Passively Complicit?

Every organization has a culture, and every culture is shaped by the modeling behavior of its leaders. If we think about culture on a continuum, we might label one end “healthy and constructive” and the other “unhealthy and destructive.”

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Diversity is a Fact, Inclusion is a Choice

Diversity is a matter of makeup and composition. Inclusion is a matter of belief and behavior. Diversity benefits no one unless we can unleash its power; simply putting diverse people together doesn't tap their creative potential. Inclusion does that.

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How to Spot a Toxic Culture in a Job Interview

How do you spot a toxic culture in a job interview? It may sound cliché to say that a job interview is a two-way audition, but when it comes to discerning the culture of a potential employer, it’s true. Let’s not forget that the balance of power is not in your favor.

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What Psychological Safety is Not

Psychological safety is not a shield from accountability. It’s not niceness, coddling, consensus decision making, unearned autonomy, political correctness, or rhetorical reassurance. Before we talk more about what it is not, let’s get on the same page about what it is.

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8 Ways to Manage Your Team While Social Distancing

Managing a remote team is tough, but add to that pressurized conditions, heightened uncertainty, and an overall sense of dislocation, and your job just got even harder. The author shares several tips for supporting continued learning and the emotional well-being of your employees.

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To Foster Innovation, Cultivate a Culture of Intellectual Bravery

If you want your team to innovate, you need to create a culture of intellectual bravery, in which team members are willing to disagree, dissent, or challenge the status quo even when it requires they risk being embarrassed, marginalized, or punished.

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The Hazards of a "Nice" Culture

In far too many companies, there is the appearance of harmony and alignment but in reality, there’s often dysfunction simmering beneath the surface. The intention behind cultivating a nice culture is often genuine. Leaders believe they’re doing a good thing that will motivate people and create inclusion. But often it has the opposite effect.

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Stage 1 Inclusion Safety

Inclusion safety satisfies the basic human need to connect and belong. Whether at work, school, home, or in other social settings, everyone wants to be accepted. In fact, the need to be accepted precedes the need to be heard. On June 1, 2020 we hosted a webinar that dives deeper on inclusion safety this article highlights the five main concepts discussed.

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Stage 2 Learner Safety

Learner safety satisfies the basic human need to learn and grow. It allows us to feel safe as we engage in all aspects of the learning process--asking questions, giving and receiving feedback, experimenting, and even making mistakes, not if but when we make them. This is a recap of the webinar hosted on June 26, 2020.

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Stage 3 Contributor Safety

Contributor safety satisfies the basic human need to contribute and make a difference. This webinar held on July 13, 2020 covers the third part in the psychological safety series: Contributor Safety. This article is a recap of what was covered in this webinar.

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Stage 4 Challenger Safety

Challenger safety satisfies the basic human need to make things better. It’s the support and confidence we need to ask questions such as, “Why do we do it this way?” “What if we tried this?” or “May I suggest a better way?”. On July 27, 2020, Dr. Timothy R. Clark the author of “The 4 Stages of Psychology Safety” hosted this virtual webinar and covered five main points to help understand Challenger Safety.

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70 Resources to Help You Learn More About Psychological Safety

Do you want to learn more about Psychological Safety? These resources will give you a deep dive into the concept and give you tools to apply what you are learning. From ebooks to webinars, podcasts, and articles it's all here.

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