Your Real-Time Protection is Now Activated

For the last 15 years, I have been developing and simplifying the basic precautions & protections that team members need to resolve all minor & significant disputes satisfactorily. Using a self-organizing system means it is essential middle managers put themselves out of a job, as some 25% of all unresolved disputes involve managers with their... Continue Reading →

Exercise Caution When We Disagree!

I just saw this sign (slightly modified) in the city of Darwin. It occurred to me that we are bombarded with instructions to be cautious for hundreds of things, and rightly so. However, I have never seen a sign for the one caution for a behavior that I believe is responsible for more deaths and... Continue Reading →

Level Playing Field

In my opinion, when it comes to getting Psychological Safety into your team or organization, there is no better way to start than creating a level playing field, especially when disagreeing with your manager, boss, or CEO.You would never have to worry about what you said in front of them, knowing that if you did... Continue Reading →

How Does Your Team Tackle Bullying?

Bullying works. If it didn't work, there wouldn't be any.At times, people in a team will bully or use coercive behavior to unfairly affect the outcome of a decision. Obviously bullying in teams will influence the decision-making process and affect the actual choices made. This may explain why so many startup teams fail. If you... Continue Reading →

Is Psychological Safety a Myth?

If someone claimed that a particular startup team or organization has a high level of Psychological Safety, you would expect that the team members would be able to answer a series of psych. safety questions in unison, right? Taking this test should be an accurate and objective way to prove one way or the other... Continue Reading →

Disagreements are NOT Conflicts

Listen to organizational psychologists, and some will sprout the idea that conflict can sometimes be good. I believe that any conflict or dispute is not something to be enjoyed or aspire to have. That there is a big difference between a disagreement and a conflict.Disagreements, to me, are essential, and we should have far more... Continue Reading →

Caution, Psychological Safety Hazards Ahead!

As you may know by now, Psychological Safety is the latest buzzword for organizations and teams, since everyone found out What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team. Although these authors and many others do an excellent job describing WHAT Psychological Safety is, there is still no standard recipe for explaining HOW... Continue Reading →

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