Team Psychological Safety



You will need 35 minutes for this exercise, excluding the check-in part. Add an ice-breaker in the beginning, explain the rules (no phone, "together alone"). Explain briefly the definition of the psychological safety.

Before starting, each team member picks his own emoji and puts it into the circle, so that other team members know it is take. Tell the team members to remember the chosen emoji.

Current state of psychological safety (3min):

On the right side there are a few statements regarding psychological safety.

Explain the instructions & be careful to really emphasise that they have to put 1 dot in each row based on what they feel is true for their team.

Lowest score (3min):

We all want to create an environment where we all could strongly agree with the statements. The team decides on 2 or max 3 statements with the lowest scores and puts it in the middle.

Brainstorm (3min for each statement+3min for reading+3min for voting):

Copy the 2 statements and take time to brainstorm about what can be done, so that the desired state would become a reality. Reminds them to be as concrete as possible and that there are no wrong answers. If the statements are similar, merge the brainstorming. If they are not, do it separately. After the ideation, adapt the number of dots according to the number of post-it notes. You can use the voting function in Miro if you wish. Before voting take a few minutes for reading all the ideas. I also recommend that you explain what ideas are the best - the impact/effort scale (you can even add it if you wish). Then set the timer for 3 minutes and and let the team vote.

Most voted ideas (3min):

Copy ideas with the dots and put them in a numerical order. On the top there is the idea with the most votes and in the bottom ideas with the least. You should get a tree-like figure. Pick top three ideas and copy them into the last section.

Action plan (10min):

For each idea create a short roadmap by answering the question: "What is the first step that we have to take in order to make this idea a reality?" In this section the team can discuss it.


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