to model vulnerability so that our team learns and grows together


Why do you need new team habits for learning? We have found that although schools and districts support student learning, we often expect perfection from our adult staff and are uncomfortable making or witnessing mistakes. Making and talking about mistakes are essential for learning. Experience what it’s like to celebrate failure in the short activity adapted from Play on Purpose, Mr. Whiskers.


Mr. Whiskers

This is a silly brain scrambler that is designed to mess you up and help you and your teams celebrate failure.


If we want to create a culture of learning and develop a growth mindset in our team members, we need to nurture an environment in which individuals are safe to share both learnings and failures. Psychological safety is an essential frame for thinking about how to create this kind of team and organizational culture.


TEDx: Psychological Safety

Building a psychologically safe workplace | Amy Edmondson | TEDxHGSE

Continue Expanding Your Knowledge

If you want to continue building your knowledge of psychological safety and modeling vulnerability, check out the following activities and resources.


By this step, your team has recorded some ideas and learnings in the SPARK and EXPAND pages of your New Team Habits workbook. Now it’s time to PRACTICE before taking this habit out into the real world. We like triad sharing as a way to create meaningful space for conversation and feedback. 


Triad Share Protocol

Check out this protocol that you can use with your team for a variety of conversations and topics.


Based on your learnings through the SPARK, EXPAND, and PRACTICE steps, commit to specific actions to try APPLY the Learning Habit: We Talk About Mistakes in your everyday context. Add specific details regarding who, what, when, where, and how to create intention behind your commitment.


Commit To Try The Habit

Get a copy of the APPLY commitment template here, or check out page 62 of The New Team Habits.


Now that you and your team have had the opportunity to try the Learning Habit: We Talk About Mistakes in a real world context, it’s important to schedule DEBRIEF time to share learnings across the team and create a plan for making this habit stick moving forward.


Share The Habit

Activities and resources to continue building your knowledge of psychological safety and modeling vulnerability.

The NEW Team Habits

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