Creating Psychologically Safe Teams

Wednesday 10:40 – 11:40am

Session Description

Google has found that psychological safety is an essential trait of their highest performing teams, yet according to the 2019 SHRM Omnibus Survey, 3 in 10 U.S. workers lack trust in their manager to treat them fairly and another 3 in 10 say their manager doesn’t encourage a culture of open and transparent communication. In this session you will learn what psychological safety is and how to develop it in teams. You will also learn what leadership training is necessary to properly train leaders, and what conditions need to be cultivated in your organizational culture to develop psychological safety.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn to identify characteristics of teams, leaders and organizations that do, and do not, display psychological safety.
  2. View case studies, research, and outcomes supporting the importance of building psychological safety in teams.
  3. Participate in guided exercises that give participants experience in psychological flexibility.



Randal Weidenaar

Randal Weidenaar is a consultant, researcher, and author. His passion is for thriving cultures, born from a desire to make work a place where everyone thrives. Randal has studied business processes development at MIT Sloan School of Management; quantitative social research methods at University of Amsterdam, and culture-driven team development at University of Pennsylvania. In Europe, he’s worked with diverse people teams from over 42 countries, and consulted countless organizations in marketing and culture development. He has helped corporations, government, HR and non-profit organizations unpack the art and science of leadership and culture creation.