new book | February 24, 2023

The Psychological Safety Playbook: Minette Norman's How-To Guide for Building Successful Teams

Congratulations to Lavin’s Minette Norman, whose book The Psychological Safety Playbook is out this week! It’s the ultimate how-to guide for leaders on developing psychological safety—feeling safe to ask questions and take risks at work—which is the single most important ingredient for successful teams. Minette will show you how to create an environment where everyone is free to be their best, most creative self.

“Powerful ideas, generously shared. Simple, actionable, and urgent. This book is a must-read for anyone who cares enough to lead.”

— Seth Godin, bestselling author of This Is Marketing

Psychological safety is the often-overlooked element that allows groups to take advantage of their diversity. But how do we actually implement it in our organizations?

Minette Norman has the answers. Minette joined the male-dominated tech industry as a liberal arts major with no STEM background, and rose through the ranks to become Autodesk's former VP of Engineering Practice, leading 3500 software professionals with empathy and compassion. Now, she’s condensed the lessons she learned from decades of leadership to create The Psychological Safety Playbook, along with co-author Karolin Helbig. "The world of work could be so much better for everybody," Minette says. "But that’s only possible if people feel safe to speak up and to be themselves."

The Psychological Safety Playbook is a simple, practical guide to the how of psychological safety. Designed to bridge the gap between research and practice, the playbook offers 25 specific tools—from normalizing failure to committing to curiosity—that you can use to lead in your work and everyday life. In talks, Minette draws from her book to give you actionable, tried-and-true strategies for becoming a better leader and building more successful teams.


Read five of Minette’s essential tools for building psychological safety.


And watch Minette explain why psychological safety is the foundation for diversity, equity, and inclusion:


Our Hidden Motivation: Psychological Safety | Minette Norman