Minette Norman is an inclusive leadership consultant and keynote speaker who spent the first thirty years of her professional career in the software industry. What she ultimately discovered was that she was far more interested in human interaction and workplace culture than technology. She also recognized how rare it is for leaders to foster an environment that leverages everyone’s talents, ideas, and diverse viewpoints. Starting her own consulting practice was prompted by her desire to help as many organizations as possible embrace a model of inclusive leadership with a strong foundation of psychological safety.
A highly sought-after speaker, Minette has inspired audiences around the world to challenge the status quo and embrace a new model of leadership focused on human connection, empathy, and curiosity. Minette’s professional recognition includes being named one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” in 2017 by the San Francisco Business Times and as “Business Role Model of the Year” in the 2018 Women in IT/Silicon Valley Awards.
With Dr. Karolin Helbig, Minette has coauthored a book about psychological safety for leaders, The Psychological Safety Playbook: Lead More Powerfully by Being More Human.
Minette lives in Marin County in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband. She is an avid hiker, knitter, and reader.
About The Psychological Safety Playbook
Every employee, at every level, wants to feel seen, heard, and respected. If we don’t feel safe, we can’t be our best selves or do our most creative work. This is why leaders must ensure psychological safety for everyone in their team. Whether you’re a manager, CEO, or entrepreneur, The Psychological Safety Playbook is the guide you need to lead your team to the highest levels of performance and innovation.
The Psychological Safety Playbook invites you to explore twenty-five specific actions that will create more psychological safety in your workplace. These are all moves that every leader can adopt and practice. Each move features a description of why to try it, instructions on how to do it, and a nutshell summary. You can start anywhere in the playbook-all the plays and moves are self-contained
Written by Karolin Helbig, a highly respected executive mindset coach with a doctorate in human genetics and extensive consulting experience, and Minette Norman, a sought-after leadership consultant with thirty years of experience in the tech sector, The Psychological Safety Playbook is the essential guide for leaders who are committed to fostering psychological safety in their teams.
In their combined years of business and applied practice, the authors have continually observed how creating a high-performing, innovative workforce starts with building a foundation of respect and shared humanity. When we hold back our true thoughts because we’re afraid of the consequences, everyone misses out. By contrast, when we can ask a naïve question, propose a wild idea, or share our honest emotions— that’s when psychological safety fuels team performance.