Whether you’re working with colleagues or stakeholders, one of the basics you should always come back to is the reason why you’re coming together.
From there, you can discuss what’s working, and what’s not working, in order to achieve your shared outcomes, and what others see as possible.
One way to successfully build an environment of psychological safety is to start by outlining where you’re coming from. By sharing what you’re about, in essence, you lay the foundations for productive conversations.
You open the door for others to feel safe sharing their perspective, whether on what needs to be improved, or what went well in the past.
At a high level, this is essentially about setting a vision, in terms of what you’re both broadly looking to achieve.
From there, you can really delve into what’s working, and what’s not working, within that.