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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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-- also available in workshop format -- 

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, Ph.D. in Psychology, is an esteemed motivation expert, keynote speaker, lecturer in various HRM postgraduate courses, author, senior consultant, and business manager at Flourish. In April 2021, she debuted her first book, co-authored with Prof. Dr. Anja van den Broeck, titled "Motivating Without Control: Getting Started with Self-Determination Theory in the Workplace!" published by Die Keure.

Renowned for her captivating presentations, Hermina is in high demand, delivering keynotes, inspiration sessions, masterclasses, workshops, and training sessions to diverse audiences, including business leaders, HR directors, managers, executives, prevention advisors, and coaching teams. Her unique approach brings to life the profound insights of self-determination theory, offering practical applications not only in the workplace but also in personal and recreational settings.

With her charismatic presence, authenticity, and expertise, Hermina engages her audience, delivering new and practical insights grounded in years of dedicated research. Eschewing excessive theories, she empowers individuals by unveiling the innate motivations within them. Her interactive sessions, filled with thought-provoking questions, humorous anecdotes, and relatable situations, resonate with audiences across various backgrounds, leaving them with actionable insights ready for immediate implementation.

Hermina's expertise extends beyond mere motivation, encompassing a wide array of HR themes such as burnout, well-being, leadership, remote and flexible working, performance management, work-life balance, and more. Through her presentations, she illustrates how high-quality motivation serves as a catalyst for peak performance and personal flourishing, ultimately transforming individuals into high performers across all facets of life.

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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