“Psychological Safety is the shared feeling that you can freely express your thoughts and ideas, or make mistakes and ask for help without receiving negative reactions.”Amy Edmondson on Psychological Safety
I have read oodles of articles and books on Psychological Safety, most quoting this definition above by Amy Edmondson. What no one seems to be asking is:
What happens when we “RECEIVE NEGATIVE REACTIONS” instead?
How should we tackle negative or uncivil reactions as we freely express our thoughts and ideas in the real world? I have yet to read any articles that adequately address this pending question.
Maybe if someone solves this question, we will have achieved psychological safety in the real world.
It would be a great idea if a university like QUT or an organization like Founder Institute ran a real-world competition to solve what I see as an obvious problem. I would be the first to enter with my proposal to this real-world problem.
I call our safety procedure Object123, and our safety net is the Disputz Network. Only recently developed, I am chomping at the bit for the chance to test it in the real world. Focusing initially on startup co-founders, we are hoping to reduce the high failure rate for startups.