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Becoming Fearless: Building Psychological Safety in Science Teams

October 25, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

“…making the environment safe for open communication about challenges, concerns, and opportunities is one of the most important leadership responsibilities in the twenty-first century.”

The Fearless Organization, Dr. Amy Edmonson

The number one predictor of team success is a climate of psychological safety, one in which team members are comfortable expressing their opinions and being themselves. When psychological safety is absent on a team, fear inhibits learning and cooperation, and overall team performance suffers. This is especially critical for science teams, which often have a transient membership and rigid hierarchy, and for whom continuous learning, experimentation, and boundary-pushing are essential. Our free workshop on Becoming Fearless will teach you the importance of psychological safety for science teams, how to recognize when it is or isn’t present on a team, and how to develop strategies for fostering psychological safety on your team. You will also learn how psychological safety unlocks the power of diversity on teams, for you cannot have equity and inclusion on a team that is not psychologically safe.

You will leave this workshop with tangible tools to help you:

  • measure and build psychological safety on your team
  • destigmatize failure on teams by reframing it as an opportunity for growth
  • ask questions and respond productively in ways that invite dialogue rather than shut down discussion

Reserve your seat by registering here: https://redcap.ictr.wisc.edu/surveys/?s=PKJNWXE3RKPEENYX  Please register by Tuesday, October 18.

Created by the UW ICTR Team Science Core, this highly interactive workshop is open to all graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff.

Questions? Visit the UW-ICTR Team Science Core page or contact us at teamscience@ictr.wisc.edu.


Betsy Rolland, PhD MLIS MPH
Director of Team Science + Research Development
Carbone Cancer Center and Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Workshop created and organized by the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) Team Science Core.


October 25, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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