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Psychological Safety & Failure Workshop

We'll help your team feel safe enough with each other to speak up, take risks, and be vulnerable. You'll learn to treat well-managed failure as an essential companion on their journey.

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Teams cannot truly thrive until they are breeding grounds for discovery and learning. Fostering learning requires that each team member can embrace openness; that they can be vulnerable in expressing their thoughts, ideas, and questions. 

We can thank researcher Amy Edmondson for her contributions to this body of work. In the 90s, Edmondson coined the term psychological safety. A team's ability to embrace failure in their work together is a core example of this kind of safety.

In this environment, mistakes are openly discussed. People give voice to difficult issues. Help is easy to ask for. The team is mutually supportive and each individual's unique contribution is valued.

We've blended the best thinking from industrial psychology, agile development and organizational play. The result is a unique workshop that can benefit any team.

In this workshop, you will...

  • Better understand how to think about psychological safety and failure in the modern workplace
  • Explore the level of psychological safety in your team and organization
  • Learn specific models for differentiating types of failure and tracking the learning therefrom
  • Play with identifying types of failure in specific scenarios
  • Practice speaking up in challenging situations
  • Learn some best practices for increasing psychological safety and better harnessing failure
  • Make an action plan for increasing the level of psychological safety in your team
casey h

I've been through these kinds of sessions before and am rarely pleased with the outcome. This was different.

I'm not sure what magic y'all brought to the table but (for whatever reason) people felt comfortable and ready to share and connect in that way that makes all the difference in the world. I feel more personally connected to several members of my team in the "other" office.

The vulnerability exercise really hit hard for our group - it was invaluable to connect personally with one another. I think that's going to really change the dynamic of the team.

I would recommend PeopleStorming for many reasons including that the facilitators are delightful. ❤️

Casey H. - UX Director - Indeed

mark a

The retreat gave us a chance to take a step back from work and talk about our team dynamics, which isn't something we normally have the luxury of doing.

In particular, the psychological safety work really got us talking about things that might be uncomfortable, but necessary to address if we are to work well as a team. As a result, we've come out of the retreat with a new, common vocabulary to use when conflicts arise.

Mark A. - Snr. Engineer - Machina Labs


In addition to offering dedicated workshops and programs for teams, we hold regular sessions that are open to individuals.

If you'd be interested in participating as an individual, let us know...

Airplanes have crashed, financial institutions have fallen, and hospital patients have died unnecessarily because individuals were, for reasons having to do with the climate in which they worked, afraid to speak up.

Amy Edmondson