The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety™
Enviroments of Rewarded Vulnerability
The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety is a roadmap for individuals and organizations to achieve and maintain high levels of inclusion and innovation. When leaders, teams, organizations, boards, schools – any social unit – pass through these four stages they become deeply inclusive cultures, with accelerated learning, contributions, and innovative problem-solving.
I am a certified 4 Stages of Psychological Safety practitioner. I coach, consult, speak and teach (adjunct faculty, graduate level ) on this practice.
It is Not Expen$ive to be Yourself
Psychological safety is the #1 variable in team performance and is an environment of high-respect and high permission to contribute – a zone of rewarded risk and vulnerability, where it is not expen$ive to be yourself.
The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety™ Survey
Psychological Safety has four stages and all teams possess some level based on a combination of 1) respect and 2) permission to participate as perceived by the members of the team.
- Stage 1: You feel included, accepted, and part of the team
- Stage 2: You feel safe to engage, ask questions, give and receive feedback
- Stage 3: Your feel free and able to contribute, using your skills, talents and abilities to make a meaningful difference
- Stage 4: You feel free and able to challenge the status quo –without the fear of being embarrassed, marginalized or punished in some way.
High-Intellectual Friction, Low-Social Friction
This survey provides insights into where the culture flourishes with rewarded vulnerability and where it may suffer with pockets of punished vulnerability. The survey concludes with a concrete action plan that identifies where your team is in its stage of development. The survey is followed by facilitated sessions to identify a psychological safety implementation plan in a 6-12 month time frame engaging coaching and team facilitation.
Certifications and Trainings
I bring to client engagements the skills honed through my Master's in Organizational Leadership including conflict resolution, creative solutions, decision-making, foresight, leading change, negotiation and team building. Additionally, I created an experiential online course in psychological safety and teach this course in a Master of Organizational Psychology program. Additional education in psychological safety includes: