Lead More Powerfully
by Being More Human

Minette in conversation with Lee Caraher

Minette Norman is an author, speaker, and leadership consultant who previously spent decades leading global technical teams in the software industry.

Minette has extensive experience leading internationally distributed teams and believes that when groups embrace diversity in all its forms, breakthroughs emerge, and innovation accelerates. Her most recent position before starting her own consultancy was as Vice President of Engineering Practice at Autodesk. Responsible for influencing more than 3,500 engineers around the globe, she focused on state-of-the-art engineering practices while nurturing a collaborative and inclusive culture.

Minette is a keynote speaker on topics of inclusive leadership, psychological safety, collaborative teams, and empathy. Named in 2017 as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by the San Francisco Business Times and as Business Role Model of the Year in the 2018 Women in IT/Silicon Valley Awards, Minette is a recognized leader with a unique perspective.

Minette is the co-author of The Psychological Safety Playbook: Lead More Powerfully by Being More Human. Her second book, The Boldly Inclusive Leader, will be published in August 2023.

Minette holds degrees in Drama and French from Tufts University and studied at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • How communications fosters a psychologically safe work environment
  • The 5 big plays of psychological safety
  • How to manage your reactions to create a workplace that encourages feedback and dissenting viewpoints
  • How embracing risk and failure will actually lead to better outcomes long term
  • Why every leader should admit fallibility to allow their employees space to speak up
  • How to utilize pre and post-mortem blamelessness to identify problems and solve them without creating a hostile environment
  • What you can expect from Minette’s newest book, Boldly Inclusive Leader