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Publisher's Summary

This audiobook is a practical guide that shows how leaders can build psychological safety in their organizations, creating an environment where employees feel included, fully engaged, and encouraged to contribute their best efforts and ideas.

Perhaps, the leader’s most challenging task is to increase intellectual friction while decreasing social friction. When this doesn’t happen and it becomes emotionally expensive to say what you truly think and feel, that lack of psychological safety triggers the self-censoring instinct, shuts down learning, and blocks collaboration and creativity. 

Timothy R. Clark, a former CEO and Oxford-trained social scientist and organizational consultant, provides a research-based framework to help leaders transform their organizations into sanctuaries of inclusion and incubators of innovation.

When leaders cultivate psychological safety, teams and organizations progress through four successive stages. First, people feel included and accepted; then, they feel safe to learn, afterward they contribute, and finally, challenge the status quo. 

Clark draws deeply on psychology, philosophy, social science, literature, and his own experiences to show how leaders can, and must, set the tone and model the ideal behaviors. As he says, “You either show the way or get in the way.” 

This thoughtful and pragmatic book demonstrates that if you banish fear, install true performance-based accountability, and create a nurturing environment that allows people to be vulnerable as they learn and grow, they will perform beyond your expectations.

©2020 Timothy R. Clark (P)2020 Timothy R. Clark

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  • Erin Sheldon
  • 07-07-2022

Best book I’ve read on this topic

This was the best narrated nonfiction/popular management book I have ever read. The narrator brought the content alive in a way that was so natural, it felt more like a TED talk than an audiobook.

I’ve read several books on this topic and Aimee at the same audience. This was the best. It was beautifully organized and easy to follow. I really appreciated the clear, concise text and simple personal anecdotes. I’ll be recommending it to my colleagues.

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  • Jim Hinely
  • 27-04-2022

A true Safety Leader's Cliff Notes

As a behavioral safety professional with over 25 years of experience, Tim Clark gives real world examples that reflect almost every current work environment. Listening to your employees and empowering them to contribute towards safety culture excellence is a win-win for all.

I highly recommend this work

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  • Daryl Kulak
  • 06-04-2021

Fantastic, Simple, Well-Narrated

This is a great little book. In a little under five hours, you get the entire landscape of psychological safety, an initially squishy topic that has become, perhaps, the most important feature of building a great team. A lot of books spend too much time reviewing the research, or telling innane stories. This book does neither. There are stories, for sure, but they are crisp and helpful to the point being made.

The four stages are easy to remember and very powerful: inclusion safety, learner safety, contributor safety and challenger safety. You will understand these ideas and employ them into your life easily.

And the narration!! This voice actor, Larry Herron, is the best of the best. I've listened to a lot of audiobooks, and even narrated one myself, and I must say that Mr. Herron's work on this book hits all the right notes. He is never monotone, but nor is he cartoonish. He strikes the perfect balance to give you a narration that simultaneously fades into the background (it should never be *about* the narration) and keeps you interested. Great job Larry!

For anyone who builds teams at work or at play, read this book and practice its ideas.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-03-2021

Me encantó este libro!!

Timothy Clark describe de una manera muy sencilla y contundente el camino para consolidar la seguridad psicológica en todo colectivo humano. Me sorprendió mucho la amplitud de su aplicación, más allá de las fronteras del ámbito organizacional. Muy recomendado.

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  • CiresWrossed
  • 18-01-2021

Valuable Insights

This audiobook was not difficult to digest. There where times when I wished I had the physical book but the “key points” highlights help a lot. I may still buy the Kindle version after I read more on this important topic. The best things are the organization and engaging voice of the narration. This is first audiobook for 2021 for me; looking forward to the next.

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  • Charlie :)
  • 03-11-2020

one of the best book of the year

this is a great book on understanding psychological challenges in a corporate world. this is one of the best books I have listen to this year and it is #72 for 2020.

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  • Reader Boy
  • 02-10-2020

psychological safety impacts everyone

I've read the book 2 times and listened to it 4 times yet each time I discover new applications. bought 6 copies that I plan to give as gifts.

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  • Miguel A. Martinez H
  • 01-10-2020

insightful and concrete!!

One of the most comprenhensive and practical sources of Psychological Security, useful for consulting purposes!!

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  • Marsha
  • 02-07-2022

Content is excellent, but lacks inclusive examples

There's no doubt there's much richness here, but readers need to remain mindful that all the examples and the final call to action are from white male examples.

It's a missed opportunity not to have embraced the teachings of the narrative in actual delivery of the content.

Much to learn from in the book, but could have displayed the learning more effectively.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-2020

Improved relationships

I can certainly relate to Psychological Safety and the varying aspects of building relationships and belonging in you're organisation. You get a step by step approach in how build Psychological Safety. highly recommend this book.

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