Psychological Safety provides the essential soil for organisational growth
Why Psychological Safety matters
Think about your experiences part of a group or team. Chances are you’ve experienced a team in which you kept your ideas to yourself and avoided speaking up, even if you felt you’d spotted a potential risk. It’s possible that mistakes were held against you, so to avoid making mistakes you played it safe – stopped experimenting rather than making the most of your talents. Think back to how that felt.
What we’re describing above is a team with low Psychological Safety. That sense of not feeling safe and supported within a team or group gets in the way of team performance, innovation, learning, and personal success. For you to be successful in your team, and “as a team”, Psychological Safety is the enabler.
This insight is the result of almost 30 years of research by Amy Edmondson, at Harvard Business School, supported and reinforced by an extensive two-year research programme (Project Aristotle) across 15,000 employees at Google (read about Project Aristotle in The New York Times magazine).
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Psychological Safety is a belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns or mistakes.