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How do you increase psychological safety in your team?

A critical success factor for innovation, retention and growth.

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Do you recognize this? 

You're in a meeting, wanting to ask a question because something is not clear. You look around... But, oh well. No one asks that question. Everyone seems to know this already. So what do you think? "I'm expected to know it too." And what do you do? You stay silent. "I better not ask, imagine what they'll think of me. I'll figure it out later on my own." 

This is what happens in a psychologically unsafe environment. We don't dare to admit that we don't know something. But it's more than that. It's also about not daring to suggest that things can be done differently, or not being able to say that we disagree with a proposal, not daring to question something... Can you see how this "silence" causes a team or organization to simply not function? Stagnation? Stalemate? No progress, no innovation, demotivated people. 

Employees constantly walking on eggshells, unable to be themselves. It's not enjoyable to work in such a team, and you actually want to leave as soon as possible. 

"In a team with a low level of psychological safety, people are not comfortable speaking up and/or feel that there may be consequences if they question things." 

In this keynote, you will find answers to the following questions:

  • Why don't we dare to speak?

  • Why don't we ask that question?

  • Why don't we say that it could be done differently?

  • Why don't we dare to make our proposal?

  • How can you make your team (feel) safe again?

  • What variables make a team unsafe?

  • How can you work on this? 

You will receive the scientific background of psychological safety and tips and exercises to immediately start working on it. 

After this keynote, you will have everything you need to create a team where you and your employees can truly be yourselves, make mistakes (and learn from them), ask questions no matter how crazy they may be, take risks, address problems, and disagree. Your team will become a safe place where everyone feels at home, can grow, learn, feel good, and achieve top performance! 

In this workshop/keynote/training, depending on the available time (ranging from 20 minutes to 2 days), we will start with some thought-provoking questions, followed by a section of theory, then exercises, tips, and we always conclude with an exciting challenge. A challenge that you can take home or try out with your team!

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Hermina Van Coillie, Dr. in psychology, is a motivation expert, keynote speaker, lecturer in several HRM postgraduate courses, author, senior consultant and business manager at Flourish. In April 2021, she released her first book, co-written with Prof. Dr. Anja van den Broeck, Motivating Without Control. Getting started with self-determination theory in the workplace! Motivate Without Control - Die Keure.

Hermina is a much sought-after speaker, she has been giving keynotes, inspiration sessions, mas-terclasses, workshops and trainings for business leaders, HR directors, HR managers, executives, prevention advisors and she coaches teams and management committees for years.

Hermina uses a unique approach: She brings to life one of the most influential psycholo-gical theories of this century, scientifically founded, and at the same time directly applicable to everyone. And not only at work, but also at home or at the sports club., Her-mina surprises and moves her audience, not only by her charisma, authenticity and experti-se, but also by her new and useful insights. Because she did years of research herself, her story is solidly based. She is not a motivation guru, but a true know-it-all expert. And she does not overwhelm her audience with yet another theory in a row, but only awakens what is already present in everyone.

Her sessions are highly interactive, and she wakes up her audience with stimulating questions, funny and inspiring anecdotes, and recognizable situations. Equal whoever is in her audience, whether they are C-level or gardeners. Everyone feels the power and magic of this story. And everyone gets useful handles, to start working with immediately after the lecture. And count on them to do it!

High-quality motivation is not the end in itself, but the means by which you achieve top performance and blossom. With the right motivation you experience less stress, reduce the risk of burnout, concentrate better, feel better, in short, you become a 'high performer'.

She also links this 'high quality' motivation to numerous HR themes, such as burnout, well-being, leadership, time and location-independent working, absenteeism, performance management, work addiction, work-life balance, remuneration, hybrid working and aging.

Hermina Van Coillie

Hermina Van Coillie, Dr. in psychology, is a motivation expert, keynote speaker, lecturer in several HRM postgraduate courses, author, senior consultant and business manager at Flourish

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