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Psychological safety is being able to show and employ one's self without fear of negative consequences of self-image, status or career" (Kahn).
In Project Aristoteles, Google researchers looked into what makes a team effective and discovered that the main factor was feeling psychologically safe. Creating this workspace helps grow effectiveness, innovation, and learning.
And yet it’s importance is still debated.
Gitte takes a look into ownership of psychological safety in the workplace, how our industry is under-protected and why you need to focus on psychological safety to make your work life better and more effective.
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Gitte Klitgaard is an agile coach with more than a decade of experience working for companies as well as coaching individuals. She lives and loves agile, and hates turf wars, which is why she took the oath of non-allegiance. Why fight over methods, when we can use that energy to help people? Gitte wants to change the world by helping people work better together and feel better about themselves. She is known for speaking her mind in a way that helps people actually listen to what she says; maybe because her main working tools are listening and caring. As an active part of the agile community, Gitte often engages in discussion online and offline, and is part of the organiser team of German Agile Coach Camp as well as a facilitator at other events.