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Gina Battye: Fostering Psychological Safety in the Workplace

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Gina Battye, out lesbian entrepreneur in corporate diversity and inclusion with a keen focus on psychological safety.

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Gina Battye created the blueprint for psychological safety. From Gina’s observations working with ex-offenders, through consulting and training multinational corporations on psychological safety and LGBT+ inclusion, she could see very clearly that there are 5 key areas that organizations need to address, to ensure everyone can bring their whole self into the workplace.

These are referred to as The 5 Pillars of Psychological Safety.

The Authentic Self Process is the first of the 5 Pillars of Psychological Safety. By raising your awareness about your SELF, you will feel confident and empowered to bring all of who you are into the workplace.

These 5 Pillars of Psychological Safety are the foundations and building blocks being used around the world to create fully inclusive workplaces.

PILLAR 1 – SELF
SELF refers to you. Who you are. What influences your thoughts and behavior. How you cope with life. How you show up in the workplace. The first pillar centers around Gina’s signature Authentic Self Process. The Authentic Self Process is a powerful 3 step system to release the masks you wear and the stories you have created – so you can bring ALL of who you are to work and life.

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PILLAR 2. SOCIAL
SOCIAL explores how you interact with colleagues, managers and leadership teams. Imagine everything you have just uncovered about your SELF. The person at the next desk to you has all that going on within them too! Now you know all this, SOCIAL takes you through what is going on behind the scenes of your interactions with others, what influences how you respond and react in conversations and how to use this knowledge to strengthen your interactions and connection with other people.

PILLAR 3. COLLABORATION
COLLABORATION delves into the nuts and bolts of team working and how to cultivate trust and work in collaboration with others. In COLLABORATION you explore the environment, the culture of the organization, and how to empower and enable effective collaboration in teams. Gina takes you through safe spaces, ground rules, conflict resolution plans, the 4 steps to effective communication, and the foundations for exceptional team working – all of which are integral to powerful COLLABORATION.

PILLAR 4. CURIOSITY
CURIOSITY. Didn’t kill the cat. It made the cat wiser. Gina delves into how to create a culture of experimentation, contribution, and reflective questioning. Here mistakes are made and lessons are learned. Constructive and active feedback is sought and received and there is a willingness to learn, both professionally and personally. This is not only actively encouraged but positively practiced – creating a culture of innovation.

PILLAR 5. CREATIVITY
CREATIVITY. “I can’t draw”. No worries, you don’t need to be able to. Everyone is born with innate creativity. But over the years you have been told to “keep your ideas to yourself” and to “not make a fuss.” Hearing these messages you suppress your creativity and don’t speak up. In CREATIVITY you explore how to create a culture where new ideas and alternative perspectives are welcomed. One where everyone has a voice and all ideas are valued, considered, and discussed openly.

Connect with Gina on OutBüro at https://outburo.com/profile/ginabattye/

Join me and Gina on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices. https://www.OutBuro.com

Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco. https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/

About the author: Dennis Velco
An LGBTQ rights activist who focuses on the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur community. Enabling employer brands to thrive and demonstrate their support for their LGBTQ employees and the community.

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