I find this both ironic and hypocritical that the psychological safety movement and organizational psychologists can criticize leaders or managers for being know-it-alls, psychopaths or narcissists. And at the same time, talk about creating a safe environment for teams
Mistake or Misbehavior I exchanged comments on LinkedIn yesterday and had an interesting discussion with someone on the differences between the word mistake versus misbehavior. I tend to believe that people can confuse the two. A mistake is usually seen as unintentional. Knocking over a cup of coffee by mistake is seen as a misdirection... Continue Reading →
My tip, for what it's worth, as a person with cognitive biases, is to look out for and listen to how people frame their thoughts to you. Premising our statements with "I think.." or "to me..." is a handy reminder.
Can a Lone Manager Destroy Real Psychological Safety in a Team? I am no expert, so I don't know. Maybe someone can enlighten me? I don't believe any workplace that claims to be a "safe space" can have its safety destroyed by one individual. Imagine an existing manager, boss, CEO, investor, or leader in the... Continue Reading →
Listen to any two people in a heated dispute and one thing I believe you are bound to notice, and that is their surety that they are right and the other is wrong. No doubts! You can quickly tell by the absolute and dogmatic language they are using. No prefacing their statements with "I think.."... Continue Reading →
Illusion of Objectivity Have a conversation with some "experts" on their chosen subject, and you may well detect their Objectivity Illusion. Now, I better be careful, or you could be accusing me of this flaw. Well, it is true. I'm pretty sure that I have this illusion also, ha! How we conquer this illusion is... Continue Reading →
Freestyle Conversation Empowering Teams to Speak Up Imagine if we were free to interrupt our conversations or discussions with anyone in our team or with management. Anytime or anywhere, we could pause our interactions when we felt something amiss with what was said or how it was said. In the same way that a Toyota... Continue Reading →
Unfortunately, when we focus on correcting mistakes, we seem to focus on the person as much as on the mistake. That's how we were brought up. We still use language like "his mistake," "your fault," "he's a trouble maker," and "she's to blame." We even have institutions to help correct people's BIG mistake-making, called "correctional... Continue Reading →
How do we save billions of dollars globally on HR and management fees? Easy! Simply create a one-on-one, self-moderating procedure that teams can use to to help resolve their behavior disputes with fellow team members or their manager. We call ours Object123 . Then create a social network of independent peers that are willing to review and adjudicate any disputes that we have trouble resolving using this tool. We call our the Disputz Network . And that's it.
Object123 procedure and the Disputz Network It is guaranteed that our behavior will be somewhat objectionable on occasion, especially when we disagree within an organization. (no one’s perfect, right?)We can either ignore the behavior as it happens, and be more likely to complain to others after, using malicious gossip, and creating a toxic workplace….Or we... Continue Reading →