How Challenging Each Other Makes Your Team Stronger
When I think about what it takes to challenge your colleagues, to question the status quo, to speak up and use your voice (even if it shakes), I can’t help but picture Ruth Bader Ginsberg. So even though we’re talking about the fourth stage of psychological safety – the safety to challenge ideas in the workplace, the safety to speak up, ask questions, and disagree – I’m framing it as dissent. In this episode we’ll explore the role of dissent in psychological safety.
[02:22]: The three stages of psychological safety we’ve covered so far: Inclusion Safety, Learner Safety, and Contributor Safety. Today we’ll dig into the role of dissent in psychological safety and explore how institutions create a culture where folks are in the habit of disagreeing in order to get better.
[05:22]: What “the safety to challenge the status quo” can look like at work – and how I used it in my role as “the purpose girl.”
[8:35]: An example of how an organization can have varying levels of psychological safety based on differing team dynamics, and how that can be exacerbated by race and gender bias.
[13:44]: “Where psychological safety is high, there is necessarily a high level of inclusion and belonging.”
[15:30]: The role of discipline in creating a culture where people can disagree. That’s discipline as in consistent behavior, not as in punishment.
[21:00]: Recommended strategies for embracing dissent, inclusion, and discipline, no matter your role, style, or level of leadership.
[30:50]: Hey have you left a review yet? Please do it today!
Inclusion Uncomplicated, by Nika White.
The Fearless Organization, by Amy Edmondson
The Fourth Stage of Psychological Safety: Challenger Safety. Tim Clark & The Leader Factor
Why Many Women of Color Don’t Want to Return to the Office. Joan C. Williams, Olivia Andrews, & Mikayla Boginsky, in the Harvard Business Review.
Reducing the backlash effect: Self-monitoring and women’s promotions. Olivia O’Neill & Charles O’Reilly. Published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.
Dear Corporate America: Stop Tone Policing Black Women. We Have Every Right To Be Angry. Dana Brownlee. Published in Forbes Magazine.
Against a sharp white background”: How Black women experience the white gaze at work. Verónica Caridad Rabelo, Kathrina J. Robotham, Courtney L. McCluney. Published in Gender, Work, & Organization, from Wiley Online Library.
Discrimination and a Struggle for Legitimacy: Faculty of Color and Female Faculty Experience An Uneven Playing Field. Ana Le. Published in the Higher Education Research Institute.
The Struggle Continues: Women of Color Faculty and Institutional Barriers. Lourdes Torres. Published in the University of Washington Pressbooks.
How to be Her Ally. Episode 3.
Mentors & Allies. Episode 23.
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