We can learn more and contribute more at work when we feel safe among out peers and with our leaders. Conversation is a powerful device to foster that safety.
If one person is expecting to make statements and simply have everyone else follow them, that doesn’t create a safe space within a team to ask the sort of helpful or tough questions that propel ideas and growth.
There are roles we can play in conversation that mean that it is richer, more open. Support, opposition, challenge and advocacy can all be really helpful in dialogue to build understanding, direction and collaboration, and this needs to be a consciously fostered. Freedom to speak without being shut out or shut down.
There are models to create an offer to your team to engage and contribute in a form of dialogue that is judgement-free, where they can feel heard, valued and energised.
I can guide you to create this type of psychologically safe dialogue within your team, and you will be able to lead and engage in fertile, productive conversations.
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