There is tremendous pressure on tech companies in Silicon Valley create more diversity and inclusion in their companies. Start-up companies are uniquely situated to address diversity, because it is astronomically easier to set a precedent of hiring for diversity and creating an inclusive culture from the get-go.
Now, diversity is not just an end in itself — it is also a means towards better performance, because it can be leveraged to generate psychological safety. Psychological safety is the key ingredient in high performing teams, a conclusion reached by Google’s recent analysis of its own teams.
Psychological safety is present when members of a team or group believe that they will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes.Google’s research found that psychological safety is key (maybe the key) to rapid learning and high performance, particularly for people working in fields that are rapidly changing, uncertain, and ambiguous. (hello, start-up world)
This workshop will be a guided facilitation session, which will be highly experiential, very practical, enlivened, fun, and meaningful experience on how to generate psychological safety for rapid learning and team performance. We will practice generating psychological safety by exploring the dynamics between men and women in the workplace.
Gabriel Wilson is a talented facilitator and educator skilled at working with difficult issues, inter-personal dynmaics, and team performance — whose interpersonal wisdom is matched only by his integrity and open-heartedness. As a lecturer at Stanford University, he teaches and facilitates a personal development course, Designing Your Life, that applies design thinking to personal and vocational development. A Certified Integral Facilitator, Gabriel is the Director of the Integral Diversity Initiative, a think-practice tank exploring the application of integral theory and facilitation to the territory of diversity and inclusion. He grew up in the U.S. and Brazil and is currently based in the Bay Area.
“One of the things that I appreciate most about Gabriel’s work is the level of commitment and care he brings to each and every one of us. He simply shows up in a way that invites transformation and growth. He makes difficult conversations workable with a dynamic balance of challenge and support.”
— Jamie O’Keeffe, PhD
Teaching Fellow at Stanford University