Thinking about interaction safety: the starting point

Interaction safety creates an environment through intentional actions and behaviors that encourages reasonable risk-taking, sharing ideas, and creating an inclusive, collaborative workplace. When interaction safety exists, people know they will not be penalized, ostracized, demoted, made small, discounted, or shunned because of their thoughts, contributions, and conversations. Interaction safety encourages reasonable risk taking and inspires every individual to be brave, allowing them to be safe enough to soar.

Interaction safety is the focus of Fred & Judith’s newest book, Safe Enough to Soar: Accelerating Trust, Inclusion, and Collaboration in the Workplace, which will be published by Berrett-Koehler in November 2018.

Safe Enough to Soar helps the reader reflect on where they, as an individual, their team, and their organization are with respect to interaction safety. The book invites readers to think about their experiences with interaction safety and provides some specific actions to enable individuals and leaders to create greater safety in their interactions with others. Below are some questions you can start to think about before the book is released in November!

  1. What helps you to feel safe in your interactions with others?

  2. What do you do to build trust with your colleagues?

  3. What do your team members do to build trust and interaction safety with you?

  4. What do leaders do to build trust and interaction safety with you and the team?

  5. What can you do to create more interaction safety for you and others?

Safe Enough to Soar also includes short, real-life scenarios that occur in organizations. As you journey through the levels of interaction safety, we hope you will diagnose your interactions and your organization’s. As you read these scenarios, you might reflect on the following:

  • Have you experienced, seen or heard of a similar situation in your organization in the past year?

  • How have you and others responded?

  • What actions have you taken to create greater interaction safety to support the individual and/or situation?

Start thinking today about scenarios that stick out to you—either that you’ve been a part of or witnessed in your organization. What made them feel safe or unsafe?

How are you creating interaction safety with your peers, leaders, and others? Email us at and let us know!

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