Why This Psychological Safety Test Will Tell You If Your Team is Underperforming

What do you think makes a team successful? What separates a high-performing team from an average team or underperforming team? 

Research overwhelming states that the number one trait for the most successful teams is psychological safety

What is psychological safety? “It’s a belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns or mistakes, ” Amy Edmondson.

As a team building expert, I’d recommend having your team take this psychological safety test.

Here it is (taken from this research study):

1) If you make a mistake on this team, it is often held against you

2) Members of this team are able to bring up problems and tough issues.

3) People on this team sometimes reject others for being different

4) It is safe to take a risk on this team

5) It is difficult to ask other members of this team for help

6) No one on this team would deliberately act in a way that undermines my efforts

7) Working with members of this team, my unique skills and talents are valued and utilized

Use a 1 to 5 scale: 1 strongly disagree, 2 disagree, 3 neutral, 4 agree & 5 is strongly agree

Bonus two questions: It’s safe to take a risk on this team…

8) With the person I’m most comfortable with

9) With the person I’m least comfortable with

If your score isn’t a 5 or close to it, I’d recommend working on it. The first place is to build trust (and a high level of it).

You can get my new Cards Against Mundanity playing cards that more than 12,000 employees use to skyrocket trust, engagement, team closeness, and performance. Learn more here.

Don’t Reject Yourself First

Don’t reject yourself first.

Don’t think you can get or deserve the job? Apply for it.

Don’t think your post is good enough? Publish it.

Don’t think you can do it? Go for it.

Don’t think you should email that person? Write and send it.


1) Stop waiting around for confirmation. You’ll never be “ready.”

2) Our brains are wired for negativity. Our thoughts try to keep us safe. Their job isn’t to make us happy or successful.

3) Amazon’s company philosophy is act boldly on 70% of the information you need. Getting 90% costs a lot, wastes time and requires perfect execution. 

Act boldly and take action today. Don’t reject what you believe may happen before it’s actually happened. 

PS: This doesn’t mean don’t be prepared, learn, acquire skills, network, etc. It means you have to ask in spite of your thoughts and fears.

 #leadership #executivecoach #success #rejection #growthmindset #training #career 

Building Meaningful Relationships with Jason Treu

Jason provides insights and alternative views of coworker relationships. He was generous with his time as he talked with me about his work focused on building deep levels of trust and extraordinary coworker relationships. Jason is an author, TEDx speaker, team building facilitator through the product he has launched, and a leadership consultant. Employees in every role will benefit from listening to this episode and considering how you can apply Jason’s guidance as you strive to build stronger relationships with the people in your life and retain your most valuable employees. 


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Why You Should Make Every Employee Pledge This on Their First Day of Work

Here’s a pledge every employee has to agree to before starting work at WD-40 (no matter what their level). I really like it as a tool. Any organization can set up something similar and make it apart of the hiring process. I’d give to any prospective hire and tell them it’s a requirement to agree to this before you start your first day.

I am responsible for taking action, asking questions, getting answers, and making decisions. I won’t wait for someone to tell me. If I need to know, I’m responsible for asking. I have no right to be offended that I didn’t ’get this sooner.’ If I’m doing something others should know about, I’m responsible for telling them.

I think it sets a particular tone about how people communicate, collaborate and engage. It sets a standard the first day any employee starts to work.

It also does two important things for WD-40:

  • Sets up learning a priority so employees don’t get stagnant. What worked yesterday and today won’t work tomorrow.
  • Focused on accountability and taking action. Employees are required to be proactive.

How to Become a Leader on your Sales Team – Outside Sales Talk with Jason Treu

How to Become a Leader on your Sales Team – Outside Sales Talk with Jason Treu


Jason Treu coaches executives, managers and their teams to maximize their leadership potential and operate at peak performance. He’s the best-selling author of Social Wealth, a how-to-guide on, building extraordinary business relationships, which has sold more than 45,000 copies. In this episode, Jason reveals his tips on how to become an extraordinary leader.

Here are some of the topics covered in this episode:

  • What is self-awareness and how it affects leadership
  • How to build trust and create psychological safety
  • How to build trust and create psychological safety
  • Getting the most of your relationships through feedback
  • How to improve team performance and employee engagement

You can listen to this episode on iTunesStitcherSpotifyGoogle Play or wherever you get your favorite podcast!

About the Guest: Jason Treu is a leadership, culture change, employee engagement, team building, and motivational keynote speaker. He provides coaching, speaking & workshops to develop great leaders and maximize employee engagement.

He had helped thousands of people achieving their most ambitious goals by becoming more self-aware, resilient, creative and confident. He advised leading organizations such as Google, Amazon, Southwest Airlines, Microsoft, Blue Cross Blue Shield, CareHere, E&Y, Worldwide Express, Gillette, Oracle & SMBs on how to improve leadership.

He was a featured speaker at TEDxWilmington 2017, where he debuted his breakthrough team building game “Cards Against Mundanity”

Get ‘Cards against Mundanity’ free game to build trust and team engagement: http://www.cardsagainstmundanity.com/


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