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At the heart of thriving organizational culture lies a concept often overshadowed yet pivotal: Psychological Safety. This presentation, "Unlocking Psychological Safety: Brain Insights for Cultural Transformation," shifts the focus to this crucial element, exploring how it is the bedrock of innovation, productivity, and employee well-being.


We will delve into the brain mechanisms that hinder government and higher ed leaders from fostering an environment of trust and openness. Central to this discussion is the balance between projecting strength and embracing vulnerability – a balance that is key to achieving psychological safety. Our journey uncovers the neuroscience of self-worth and the pervasive fear of missing out (FOMO), demonstrating how these elements can create barriers to psychological safety.


This exploration is not just theoretical; it is immensely practical. We introduce actionable 'brain hacks' that help you navigate these challenges. These strategies are essential for developing what we call 'channeled creative fearlessness', a state that empowers individuals and catalyzes a cultural shift within organizations. By adopting these brain-based techniques, leaders and teams can dismantle the barriers to psychological safety, fostering an environment where innovation and collaboration flourish.


Attend this session to gain a deeper understanding of the brain foundations of organizational culture. You will leave equipped with effective tools and strategies to create a psychologically safe environment that nurtures and sustains transformative collaboration and cultural change.

During this session, you'll:

  1. Understand the brain barriers to fostering psychological safety in organizational cultures.

  2. Learn to balance strength with vulnerability, using brain insights to enhance leadership authenticity.

  3. Gain practical brain-based strategies to overcome FOMO and self-worth issues, critical for nurturing psychological safety.

  4. Discover how to harness neuroplasticity to embed these practices, fostering a culture of vulnerability and authenticity.

  5. Learn to catalyze a shift towards a 'Higher Brain dominant' culture, where psychological safety becomes the norm, enhancing group dynamics and organizational effectiveness.


Speaker Bio:

Dr. Niraj "Raj" Nijhawan is a dedicated physician and the visionary founder/CEO of the Life Ecology Organization (LEO). Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, Dr. Nijhawan pursued his medical education at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, graduating in 1992. He furthered his expertise by completing a residency in Anesthesiology/Critical Care at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Additionally, under a National Institutes of Health Scientist Training Grant, he earned a Master's degree in clinical research.


For close to three decades, Dr. Nijhawan's fervor has revolved around assimilating, practicing, and disseminating the latest insights from medical, social, and neuroscience fields. In 2014, driven by this passion, he established LEO. The organization's primary mission is to foster vibrant, empowering work environments and communities, offering a beacon of hope and transformation in challenging times. Since its inception, LEO's initiatives have positively impacted a diverse audience, ranging from at-risk teens to high-ranking corporate leaders.

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