Create a Team Environment of Safety

There’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem with interpersonal skills. Teams need safety to build their skills. And building the skills helps the team members provide a safe environment for each other.

Amy C. Edmondson, in Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy [Edm12], discusses the need for psychological safety in interdependent collaborative teams. Safety allows the team members to discuss, explore together, and learn.

What's the Big Deal About Safety?
by Jim, VP, R&D
Jim

I initially pooh-poohed the idea of psychological safety. Then I realized that some of our teams had substantially more throughput than other teams. I had lunch with different team members and found ...

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