This is the first practice in a 3-part series, offering you practical tools for increasing satisfaction, and reducing frustration and stress on your team… all through increasing psychological safety.

If you haven’t seen the first video, 2 minute video, CLICK HERE NOW — we cover what psychological safety is, is not, and the top three impediments to creating/strengthening it.

Go ahead and watch the first video before watching this one… you’ll be glad you did! In this video, we will get into the first practice for increasing psychological safety:

1. Expose Your Vulnerabilities. We feel safer to bring our imperfect self to our work when the leader actively exposes their vulnerabilities. Some key phrases you’ll hear inside of psychologically safe teams are: 

  • “I’m not sure… let’s look into that.”
  • “I messed that up
  • I’m sorry.”
  • “I would have never thought of that. Thank you.”
  • “I’m struggling with…”
  • “Can you help me with this…”

Very often, we think we’re supposed to be the ones with the answers, when in fact, our real job is empower (and support) them to test our their ideas, and find their own answers.

Creating psychological safety on our teams is a set of key practices that are well worth the investment of time and energy. Begin today by exposing your vulnerabilities… your imperfections. Tomorrow, we will launch the second video, with practice number 2.

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Here’s to your greatness,

Misti Burmeister