The highest performing teams have ‘psychological safety’
Google’s two-year study on team performance revealed that “The highest performing teams have one thing in common: psychological safety, the belief that you won’t be punished when you make a mistake.” Psychological safety isn’t about coddling, it’s about creating the conditions for people to engage effectively in analytical reasoning, creative problem-solving, and open-minded collaboration. Many workplaces default to blaming and defensiveness rather than thoughtful analysis and solution-oriented curiosity.
How’s the culture of your team around taking risks, testing ideas, and learning through success AND failure? And what opportunities do YOU have to foster psychological safety for your team?
Here’s a great read on the topic by Laura Delizonna in Harvard Business Review.