The Fearless Organization

Live Webinar

by Prof. Amy C. Edmondson of Harvard Business



DATE: Saturday 1st August 2020
TIME: 8.00am – 9.45am (China local time)



TIME: 8.00am – 9.00am (China local time)
TOPIC: The Fearless Organization
FACILITATOR: Amy C. Edmondson

TOPIC: Application In Organizations
TIME: 9.00am – 9.15am (China local time)

TIME: 9.15am – 9.45am (China local time)

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The Fearless Organization
Bringing this tremendous program to you is a world-leading scholar who pioneered groundbreaking ideas for business organizations to thrive. Amy C. Edmondson PhD, a global management influencer from Harvard, brings psychological safety to life for teams and organizations. In partnership with IECL China, Edmondson is excited to bring this exciting, online experience – live from Harvard, U.S.A. – to you, our engaged and valued clients and executive coaches. We have the unique opportunity to bring this talent to you, to help your organizations and teams of people develop rewarding and supportive work environments within the fast-changing and challenging times of the day.

Why This Program 

A Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management from Harvard Business School, our esteemed facilitator Edmondson brings a wealth of valuable and practical ideas to us in this rare and truly special opportunity for the China marketplace. Edmondson’s vast experiences as author of 6 acclaimed and exemplary business books coupled with her PhD in Organizational Behavior, bring us an invaluable opportunity to impact our organizations and teams through workplace psychology. Her work explores teams and their dynamic forms of necessary collaboration within the ever-changing environments of uncertainty and ambiguity. Her studies of workplace psychological safety are often critical to building “fearless organizations” out to achieve new levels of success with a fully engaged and valued workforce that learn, innovate, and grow.

Edmondson brings a lifelong passion for designing and building the organizational environments necessary to achieve success now and into the future with an enduring interest to share her leading ideas to business leaders around the world. IECL is proud to partner with her for this truly rewarding adventure.


Our program will help organizations and teams to form a psychological safety awareness and suitable framework to work within.
Understand the organization’s requirements for psychological safety and the role of fear in stifling creativity and teamwork.
Provide insights for building a workplace where people feel safe to contribute ideas to potentially achieve competitive advantages for the overall organization.
A transparent model and toolkit guide are provided to explain how to establish a ‘fearless’ culture within the organization.


As a coach, how do you support teams and organisations to be fearless in a way that builds psychological safety? In a workplace, psychological safety is the belief that the environment is safe for interpersonal risk-taking. People feel able to speak up, with relevant ideas, questions, or concerns, without being shut down inappropriately. Psychological safety is present when colleagues trust and respect each other and feel able, even obligated, to be candid. In this current uncertain and quickly changing environment, teams are experiencing one another working together in different, virtual locations via online communication tools. Working this way, psychological safety can become more difficult yet critically more important. The Fearless Organization Scan is an effective way to measure the level of psychological safety in a team located in any environment, and provides a gateway to building (and in some cases, re-building) team effectiveness. As a coach, you can utilise The Fearless Organization Scan to measure and debrief results, working with teams to intentionally create positive impact on the levels of psychological safety in organisations.


About Amy C. Edmondson

Professor Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School. Edmondson has been recognized by the biannual Thinkers 50, a global ranking of management thinkers since 2011, and most recently was ranked #3 in 2019; she also received that organization’s Breakthrough Idea Award in 2019, and Talent Award in 2017. She studies teaming, psychological safety, and organizational learning, and her articles have been published in numerous academic and management outlets, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business Review and California Management Review.

Her prior books – Teaming: How organizations learn, innovate and compete in the knowledge economy (Jossey-Bass, 2012), Teaming to Innovate (Jossey-Bass, 2013) and Extreme Teaming (Emerald, 2017) –explore teamwork in dynamic organizational environments. In building the future: Big teaming for audacious innovation (Berrett-Koehler, 2016), she examines the challenges and opportunities of teaming across industries to build smart cities.  

Before her academic career, she was Director of Research at Pecos River Learning Centers, where she worked on transformational change in large companies. In the early 1980s, she worked as Chief Engineer for architect/inventor Buckminster Fuller, and her book A Fuller Explanation: The Synergetic Geometry of R. Buckminster Fuller (Birkauser Boston, 1987) clarifies Fuller’s mathematical contributions for a non-technical audience. Edmondson received her PhD in organizational behaviour, AM in psychology, and AB in engineering and design from Harvard University.

Awards and Honors

  • Winner of the 2019 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management.
  • Named the Most Influential International Thinker in Human Resources by HR Magazine in 2019
  • Winner of the 2019 Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award for being a “pioneer of psychological safety and author of The Fearless Organization, a ground-breaking blueprint on creating a fear-free culture.”
  • Ranked #3 in the 2019 Thinkers50 list—a list of world’s most influential management thinkers.

About Kieran White

Kieran is CEO of PeopleTalking, partner for the Fearless Organization in Asia Pacific. His primary interest lies in how working with Psychological Safety ‘Fearless Teaming’ can support human connection and unlock the resources within teams, enabling total organizational systems to change more purposefully over time.

Kieran’s impact on organizations draws heavily on the integration of both halves of his working career to date. Until 2002 Kieran held various senior roles for multinationals in Europe and Asia Pacific. His tenure also included five years as a project manager helping to establish four shared service centres globally, which required a complete systems redesign and change management program across multiple cultures to support almost US$16 billion in annual revenue. As well as things were going at one level, it was also time for a change, some personal discovery and a new challenge in the form of returning to full-time study in the field of psychotherapy, specializing in groups and teams.

Since that move in 2003, Kieran has been designing and delivering human-centred programs to organizations, He brings a deep understanding of how individuals, teams and systems connect to every facet of his work and was a faculty member at the Jansen Newman Institute 2005-2011 where he taught group dynamics.

This led into Kieran working extensively with Psychological Safety and Structural Dynamics, a theory of how communication works or doesn’t work in human systems. Kieran continues to partner with David Kantor on the advanced study and practice of this theory and it’s timely relevance for leaders and organizations as they face into a world where dialogue and psychological safety are such critical scaffolds for releasing resources in organizations and harnessing collective intelligence. Kieran has a Masters in Applied Psychotherapy and is a Chartered Management Accountant (C.I.M.A. ret.)

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Cost: $RMB 999/person
Registration includes a complimentary copy of Amy’s industry-acclaimed book! 
• Please note that once you have subscribed, this non-refundable, non-recorded program will only be available during the scheduled time.