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The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety

  • 09 Oct 2020
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom

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The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety

Friday, October 9, 2020 at 11:30 AM MT

Presenter: Dr. Timothy R. Clark

Program Details 

Based on his new book, The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety: Defining the Path to Inclusion and Innovation, Dr. Clark, an Oxford-trained social scientist and global thought leader, will share his breakthrough research on the topic of psychological safety and provide global best practices for coaching engagements.

In 2020, organizations around the world share at least two goals: The first is to create a sanctuary of inclusion. The second is to create an incubator of innovation. These goals can only be accomplished when leaders model and reinforce psychological safety to activate the full potential of people. Psychological safety means that it's not expensive to be yourself, but it's not a binary proposition. It's a matter of degree. When leaders nurture psychological safety to the highest levels, individuals are able to do four things:

  • Feel included
  • Feel safe to learn
  • Feel safe to contribute
  • Feel safe to challenge the status quo

And they can do all of these things without feeling embarrassed, marginalized, or punished in some way.

On the other hand, when psychological safety is absent or withdrawn, when vulnerability is punished rather than rewarded, human interaction: (1) activates the pain centers of the brain, (2) triggers the self-censoring instinct, and (3) shifts the individual to a defensive mode of performance.

Check out this video to learn more.

About Our Speaker

Dr. Timothy R. Clark is the found and CEO of LeaderFactor and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Tim ranks as a global authority in the fields of senior executive development, strategy acceleration, and organizational change. He is the author of five books:

  • Epic Change: How to Lead Change in the Global Age (John Wiley/Jossey-Bass)
  • Leadership Bones (Bradmore Road Press 2009)
  • The Employee Engagement Mindset (McGraw-Hill 2012)
  • Leading with Character and Competence (Berrett Koehler 2016)
  • The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety (Berrett Koehler 2020)

Tim has written more than 150 articles on leadership, change, strategy, human capital, culture, and employee engagement. He is a highly sought-after advisor, coach, and facilitator to CEOs and senior leadership teams. He has worked with leading organizations around the world.

Tim’s leadership experience is extensive. He was previously President and CEO of Decker, a consulting firm based in San Francisco, and CEO of Novations SDC, a consulting and training firm based in Boston. Prior to these assignments, Dr. Clark spent several years in manufacturing, serving as a vice president of operations and plant manager of Geneva Steel Company. He began his career as a survey research project director for what is now Harris Interactive in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Clark earned a doctorate degree in Social Science from Oxford University and was both a Fulbright and British Research Scholar. He also earned a master’s degree in Government and Economics from the University of Utah. As an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, he was named a first-team Academic All-American football player where he completed a triple degree cum laude.

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