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Culture Leadership Mental health Psychological Safety

Why Psychological Safety Matters

Do people feel safe with you?

I’m privileged to spend time with leaders and groups frequently. While the topics, discussions, and ambitions often change, if I had to recap the issues most teams deal with, it always boils down to the same two foundational elements:

  1. How do we build and grow trust between us?
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Behavior Belonging Leadership Psychological Safety Self awareness

What do leadership and a caramel macchiato have in common?

I remember vividly one of my university lectures on consumer behavior. I studied economics, specialized in management and marketing, and loved the lessons on behavior. 

I was already interested in culture (I took an elective on Japanese culture and what we could learn from Western societies), psychology (I excelled at organizational psychology), and consumer behavior (which is crucial for business success).… Read the rest

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Courage Growth Learning Mindset Psychological Safety

You become what you pay attention to

You need a breather.

Seriously, when was the last time you consciously paid attention to your breathing?

When was the last time you sat with your breathing and paid full attention to you filling your lungs with air and then releasing the air from your lungs?

Most people get through their day without even once being aware of the fact that they’re breathing.
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Courage Culture Fear Psychological Safety Self awareness

Don’t challenge me, Erikjan!

I consider myself outspoken and not afraid to voice my opinion when I disagree.

It’s who I am.

It’s how I was raised, and it’s part of the Dutch culture.

We’re direct, curious, and want to know why we’re doing something.

“Because I tell you so” doesn’t do very well with most Dutch people.
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