Psychological safety and trust are issues that often come up in our LevelUP™ work executive teams. They are also critical for creating a successful coaching relationship. Unfortunately, the terms are frequently ill-defined or misunderstood.
Change requires physically rewiring your brain, creating new synaptic connections where they didn’t exist before. And, because old habits create well-trodden paths in your brain (paths with strong synaptic connections), it requires planning and intentionality to avoid slipping back into old behavior.
When everything you’ve tried to help someone change isn’t working, leaders often call us to see how we can help. Here are some questions to prepare for as we work through possible solutions.
Teams that are stuck in storming experience similar “symptoms” including strained interpersonal relationships, recurring conflicts, and difficulty making decisions that “stick”. Team leaders often diagnose these problems as a “lack of trust”. Unfortunately, while there may be an element of truth in this diagnosis, focusing on trust usually won’t solve the problem.