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Unlocking the Value of Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

Recent data reveals a concerning trend: many renowned companies like American Airlines, Nike, Twitter, Glassdoor, Wells Fargo, and Amazon have downsized their D&I departments. But why is this happening, and more importantly, how can organizations maximize the value of their D&I investments?

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February 22, 2024

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2024 Predictions – Psychological Safety, ISO Psychosocial Risk and more…

As we reflect on 2023, a few trends emerged from our clients and collaborators that will likely continue to grow as areas of focus in 2024.  Psychological safety clearly stands out as a phenomenon that teams and organizations are trying to tackle in gaining a deeper understanding of what it truly is, its impact on health, wellness and performance – how to manage it.

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January 11, 2024

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Reflections on the Current Psychological Safety Landscape

Psychological safety is a buzz phrase these days largely as a result of Google’s research that revealed Psychological Safety as a key factor of their high performing teams. However, most Psychological Safety training is missing the mark with a focus on experiential or anecdotal information to build awareness in the hope that this will translate to building Team Psychological Safety. Unfortunately it is not that simple – to build and sustain Psychological Safety requires a systemic approach, one that builds awareness, skills, commitment, measurement and accountability across 4 levels: Self, Relationship, Team and Culture.

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August 21, 2023

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Start-Up Survival Guide: Why Psychological Safety is a Game Changer

For start-ups in particular, the only way you can make good decisions is to have all the brain power in the room cooperating. The only way your team can feel comfortable taking risks that will lead to significant competitive advantages is if they feel safe in taking those risks. The only way to retain talent is to ensure that they work in an environment where they are respected. The only way to build resilience in your team is to make them a strong operating unit . Accomplishing all of those things requires psychological safety.

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March 29, 2023

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Psychological SAFETY in a world with artificial intelligence

We are already using Artificial Intelligence for all sorts of things but AI is not going to be there to manage your team through the big disruptions that are coming.

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February 23, 2023

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Taking a TRUE brain-based approach to team building

Creating a true brain-based team learning environment is very challenging. Many trainers claim to do “brain-based” teaching, but in the end, they are only leveraging the brain to sell their courses and keep clients paying them. They accomplish this by using old-school activities with an added feel-good factor.

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November 20, 2022

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S.A.F.E.T.Y.™ foundations of US Surgeon General’s new workplace mental health & well-being framework

The new Workplace Mental Health & Well-Being Framework put forth by the Surgeon General’s Office stresses the importance of creating a psychologically safe space, where open collaboration and vulnerability can create a true sense of belonging where employees feel motivated and as though they are contributing in a meaningful manner.   Interestingly, this framework is rooted in many of our S.A.F.E.T.Y.™ domains, which makes sense when you consider these domains to be the driving needs behind individual psychological safety. 

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November 4, 2022

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Spotting Psychological Safety Triggers: ‘Autonomy’

The neuroscience and social psychology that underlies why people do what they do is both well-known and fascinating.  But how can you spot someone with particular S.A.F.E.T.Y.™ triggers? This post of a 5 part series looks at the S.A.F.E.T.Y.™ domain “Autonomy.”

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October 2, 2022

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Spotting Psychological Safety Triggers: ‘Fairness’

The neuroscience and social psychology that underlies why people do what they do is both well-known and fascinating.  But how can you spot someone with particular S.A.F.E.T.Y.™ triggers? This second post of a 5 part series looks at the S.A.F.E.T.Y.™ domain “Fairness.”

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September 19, 2022

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Spotting Psychological Safety Triggers: ‘Security’

The neuroscience and social psychology that underlies why people do what they do is both well-known and fascinating.  But how can you spot someone with particular S.A.F.E.T.Y.™ triggers? This first post of a 5 part series looks at the S.A.F.E.T.Y.™ domain “Security”.

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September 6, 2022

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Why team psychological safety is so important in today’s workforce

Today’s workforce is different than previous workforces. Data coming out of the Great Resignation phenomenon has revealed that employers who are meeting their team’s psychological needs are faring much better at retaining their staff.

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September 1, 2022

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I was wrong, the golden rule is just fine as it is

Reader feedback made it evident that I was only touching on the Golden Rule superficially. See, the Golden Rule actually inherently takes psychological safety into consideration if it is taken at a deeper level rather than literally word-for-word.

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August 2, 2022

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The Golden Rule is wrong! (managers who use it destroy their team)

There is an old saying “Treat people how you want to be treated”, but with what we know through Neuroscience research, this advice needs an upgrade.

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July 12, 2022

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The brain’s need for Security

One of the most common workplace situations, that is often dismissed as “a conflict of personality” between team members, is actually their conflicting need for Security.

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July 5, 2022

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How to unleash your employees talent and passions

The great resignation is about a search for freedom through work-life alignment, people are looking for purpose in their work and connection with the people they work with. The companies that recognize and adjust to this reality will have a greatest advantage when recruiting and retaining the best talent.

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June 28, 2022

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Leveraging the Great Resignation to build Competitive Advantage

The Great Resignation is an opportunity to build a competitive advantage, if you know how.

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May 24, 2022

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When psychological safety needs sabotage diversity

Given the substantial research demonstrating the benefits of embracing diversity it is puzzling that the pandemic has fueled such an ‘us vs them’ polarization, that is until it is viewed through the lens of neuroscience.

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May 9, 2022

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The Psychological Safety vs Resilience Challenge

Using the findings from neuroscience, social psychology, evolutionary psychology, and interpersonal neurobiology, we can make it easier to evaluate new learning tools and methodologies.

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April 28, 2022

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Building psychological safety

Wherever you find yourself in life right now psychological safety is likely playing a significant role in determining your experience.

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June 7, 2021

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Training in today’s world of technology

Using the findings from neuroscience, social psychology, evolutionary psychology, and interpersonal neurobiology, we can make it easier to evaluate new learning tools and methodologies.

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August 9, 2017

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Political Brain Wars

This analysis of speeches turned out quite interesting as all candidates appealed to multiple and different brain-based triggers yielding insights into the strategic layout of the campaign landscape.

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July 31, 2016

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How Trump’s acceptance speech pushed your brain’s buttons

A lot can be gleaned from this speech and we decided to apply a neuroscience model to the speech and see if we can understand what approach and emotional triggers the candidate is using to motivate, persuade, and inspire voters.

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July 23, 2016

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Brain-based Coaching: The S.A.F.E.T.Y.™ Approach

How do we, as coaches, identify something that we want to keep in mind and keep it there? Further, how do we help other people develop that skill?

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July 21, 2016

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Workplace dysfunction: A neuroscience based perspective

Without a boss with tools and training to manage the situation, there was no way out except for an all-out war or one of us leaving; neither were good results for the company.

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June 29, 2016

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The Safety Dance!

Turns out that the best predictor of a high performing team is whether or not there is a sense of psychological safety within the group.

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June 9, 2016

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10 Brain Facts Every Leader Should Know

With decades of management experience and working, talking, and reading publications from neuroscientists, social psychologists, and others, here are 10 key things confirmed by science that can improve your management skills.

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May 5, 2016

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Is corporate bullying inevitable?

Thanks to all the advantages that high relative position affords us, people do everything they can to ‘game’ any system that promises relative advantage compared to others.

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March 8, 2016

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Is being positive stupid?

Positive people tend to live longer and have happier lives… even if they are totally self-deceived some of the time.

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February 9, 2016

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Rediscovering integrity

Carl Sagan once said we (humans) have a talent for deceiving ourselves. The more science learns how the human brain works, the more we discover the unnerving depth of truth in that statement.

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December 1, 2015

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Napoleon was a Neuroscientist

Napoleon’s success as a wartime tactician could be attributed to the fact that he unknowingly created an optimal brain state for having moments of insight.

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April 11, 2015

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