Since 1995, we at Human Factors AS have had a spotlight on psychological safety in our team measurements. In recent years, this theme has grown strongly in popularity, e.g. as a result of inspiring work by Amy Edmundson, Professor of Management at Harvard Business School, and insights from Google's Aristotle Project.



In this webinar, we will take a closer look at the additional module to Diversity Icebreaker (DI), "Extra questions" - and then the version that has psychological safety as its theme. This relatively new module, which consists of 11 additional questions, has already been used by over 1,000 respondents. Cathy Kwantes, Professor Industrial Organizational Psychology at University of Windsor, Canada, took part in the planning process of these questions. In this webinar we have invited her as a guest.


We will together look at

- the history of psychological safety
- what are the central components of psychological safety
- psychological safety in organizations that have used Diversity Icebreaker
- first analysis of the 11 additional questions
- cross-cultural differences concerning psychological safety



This is a great opportunity for managers, HR professionals and team developers to understand how psychological safety can be linked to the Diversity Icebreaker to promote cooperation and effectiveness in teams and organisations.



Webinar host

Bjørn Z. Ekelund Psychologist, MBA. The developer of Diversity Icebreaker®(DI). Bjørn is one of Norway's most experienced consultants in the areas of collaboration, team development, communication in teams and managing management across roles and cultural differences. For more than 30 years, Bjørn has led consulting companies and delivered over 1,000 assignments in more than 20 countries.


Over many years, he has contributed to several of the world's highest-ranked educational institutions in his field of research and teaching. In 2019, he published the book "Unleashing the Power of Diversity, How to Open Minds for Good." where he gives a description of how DI can be used as a tool to create a common language and create trust in people and processes across teams and organisations.


In 2022-2023, Bjørn Z. Ekelund has been a member of the planning committee for the International Leadership Association's DEIB virtual summit. He is also co-editor of 2023 year's volume in the International Leadership Association series, Building Leadership Bridges: Inclusive Leadership: Equity and Belonging in Our Communities. In this book, he has written the chapter "An Inclusive Language of Diversity" about the metaphorical model Red, Blue and Green.



Webinar guest


Catherine T. Kwantes, Ph.D.

Professor, Industrial Organizational Psychology

Chair, Psychology Graduate Studies Committee

Department of Psychology


Cahterine Kwantes is an internationally known expert on developing effective organizational cultures, leadership development, and working with multiple cultures in the workplace. She has lived and worked in multiple countries, and is skilled in Organizational Development, Leadership Development, Research Design, Program Evaluation, Lecturing, Public Speaking, and Curriculum Development. She has a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Wayne State University.







April 4h 2024 at  3:00 – 4:00 PM CET

NB: We also have an Norwegian-language version of this seminar. See overview of date / time here.




Send an email to: seminar@human-factors.no 

Registration deadline: 24 hours before start of the webinar.

It is free to participate.