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Connect – What Psychological Safety means and how communicators can create safe spaces
August 26 | 11:30 - 12:15 BST
What Psychological Safety means and how communicators can create safe spaces
This session explores Psychological Safety – what it means, why it is important and how communicators can help to create climates that provide safe spaces for people to speak up.
This interactive session will be led by Mike Pounsford. Mike recently conducted the IABC supported global research into Listening (with Howard Krais and Dr. Kevin Ruck). He will share new scenarios developed to help leaders and others explore psychological safety and use input from leading researchers to provoke discussion about the role communicators can play.
The event will highlight why it is so difficult to speak up, why leaders and managers are sometimes blind to the problem, what communicators can do to make a difference and the impact psychological safety can have on mental health, wellbeing and performance.
Meet the speaker – Mike Pounsford
Mike is an organisation development specialist in employee communication and engagement. His work involves helping to develop engagement strategies, strengthening the links between what people do and business strategy, and developing the capabilities of leaders and managers to create engaging environments. He is particularly interested in how organisations listen effectively and run surveys, webinars, and workshops for individuals and organisations across the globe.
He founded Couravel in 2001 and works with associates so he can provide clients with a lot of experience but without the overheads that go with more traditional consulting models. He has an MBA from London Business School and is accredited under the NTL Organisation Development programme. He recently completed a term as UK President of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).