What is 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.
When we sense leaner safety, we’re more willing to be vulnerable, take risks, and develop resilience in the learning process.
Conversely, a lack of learner safety triggers the self-censoring instinct, causing us to shut down, retrench and manage personal risk.
We all bring some level of inhibition and anxiety to the learning process. We all have insecurities. Who hasn’t hesitated to raise their hand to ask a question in a group setting for fear of feeling dumb? Learning is both intellectual and emotional. It’s an interplay of the head and the heart.
Learning involves risk. One of the most important things that you can do to build Learner Safety is to create an environment in which you detach fear from mistakes. You break them apart, you divorce them, so fear is no longer naturally associated with mistakes. If you are really trying, there should be no stigma, no shame, and no embarrassment associated with mistakes or failure. They are simply stepping-stones. We should reward failure because it’s not failure; it’s progress.Watch The Webinar
A leader can maintain a culture of learning only if he or she consistently minimizes vulnerability through a consistent pattern of positive emotional response. How the leader of an organization reacts to dissent and bad news is a clear indicator of Learner Safety.
Leaders who cultivate learner safety never let hierarchy get in the way. CEO’s and C-level executives are not excused from participating in the learning process. It’s the responsibility of the leaders of the team to model effective and engaged learning.
Leaders committed to safeguarding Learner Safety understand that learning is where the competitive advantage comes from. If an organization ceases to learn it will cease to innovate. A competitive cycle is a learning cycle. Either learn to maintain competitiveness or face the grave risk of irrelevance.
It’s time to take a step back and look at your own life. Ask yourself these questions and evaluate how you are doing to create Learner Safety around you.
What’s behind your resume? In many ways, you left out the best parts–the crucible experiences that taught you the most. So let’s finish the job by writing your resume of failure.
If your interviewers work in a toxic culture, they will try to hide it through surface acting. Always remember efforts to conceal reveal. Your job is to gather the clues and get to the truth. Here are nine questions to help you spot a toxic culture in a job interview:
The engagement and retention of the individual is directly linked to the level of psychological safety they feel in each of the 4 stages. In conducting a stay interview, ask each of the following two-part questions. Then listen intently and take notes.