Harassing in Startups

I have a simple idea. Let's make all forms of harassing in startups (not just sexual harassment) unacceptable. If all forms of harassing in startup teams really was unacceptable, then I believe all co-founders would be using the structure needed that empowers all team members to tackle such misbehavior, in real-time.. Imagine if all team... Continue Reading →

Founder Dispute Network

Resolve Co-founder Conflict with a Founder Dispute Network FDN A Founder Dispute Network (FDN) is a new safety strategy designed to help care for and protect startup founder members from co-founder conflict. According to Noam Wasserman, the bestselling author of The Founder's Dilemma, some "65% of startups fail because of co-founder conflict". Using an FDN,... Continue Reading →

Real-world Psychological Safety

“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... Continue Reading →

Easy As Object123

Recently I had a chat with some people on Linkedin about the size and complexities of safety manuals. Some mentioned 80 to 120 page procedure manual. Imagine there is an emergency, and all you have is the phone book for a procedure. It is far from ideal. The same can be said for Psychological Safety,... Continue Reading →

Coercive Rhetorical Behavior

We use rhetoric to influence our argument by HOW we deliver our message rather than by WHAT we actually argue. When our rhetoric becomes coercive or abusive, we should agree to step up to such behavior and object in real-time. From the beating of a single brow (browbeating) to the raising of tone and volume, this behavior is not... Continue Reading →

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