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Management book / Leadership / Psychology

Date Published: May 10, 2022

Publisher:  Serapis Bey Publishing

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Drs Lies Wouters, international organizational psychologist, advisor, trainer and team coach, based in the Netherlands, introduces her unique Metaphor Map and Metaphor Model of Psychological Safety in this, her first book published in English. She shines a new light on how all leaders across the world can use specific learnt skills to create teams where people thrive, when they understand that it is up to them to create the circumstances where people feel motivated, have fun and grow. She explains the neurobiology of our behaviour and its impact on performance, collaboration, creativity, happiness, productivity and so much more. Backed by relevant science, comprehensive research, real life examples and practical exercises this book takes you step by step through the underlying processes in your brain and body to develop the skills that ensure high performance. She reveals the significance of applying these skills in the world and how we can all play an important role in making this world better, where not only teams, but everyone can thrive.


What was your main drive to write this book?

I wrote this book because I want to help as many leaders as I can to develop the skills they need to lead themselves as others in a way that they feel happy, healthy and successful. The world needs people to realize their responsibility in this world and I want to support these people by helping them understand what they need in order to take this and help them develop that.

What do you hope readers will learn by reading this book?

I hope that readers learn that people mostly have good intentions but so much gets lost in communication. When people respond negatively, we often take it personally while a lot of times this negative response comes from that person feeling threatened or tired or unable in some way. I hope that leaders will learn how important it is to first make sure that their own basic needs are being satisfied and will learn how to support themselves in a way that they feel ready to open up and connect to others. In my book I explain the neurobiology of this process and this makes it clear that there is no opening up to others without supporting ones self first.

Did you do much research when planning this book?

Yes, in fact, I have been doing research into this topic for four years. When I started the research I had not thought of writing a book about it yet. I had done a great deal of research to simply understand the process of psychological safety and to help organizations build it. When I later decided to write this book I already had a solid basis and still I did much more research as I was writing to make sure that the theory is well founded. Also I have experienced in my training and coaching practice that scientific research often helps people understand better why things go as they go. I wanted to offer the reader a good combination of theory, practice and exercises to help them apply what they learned.


Did you have any main people who helped you in the process of this book or influenced you to write it?

There were many people who helped me. To begin with the many leaders from across the world that I have had the privilege to train and coach. They opened up to me and shared their experiences and their stories were the first to inspire me to write this book. When I was much further in the process I had a wonderful book coach who was an enormous support and really helped me in structuring the book better. She calls herself ‘the book angel’ and I completely agree!

How long did this book take you to write from initial thought to hitting publish?

This book took me two years to write. Initially I had hoped to finish the book much sooner, but it was a necessary process for me and as I wrote each chapter I developed my own knowledge and understanding even further as I was writing it.

Do you have plans to write more about this topic or new topics?

I do feel there are more books in me. However, at the moment I have my focus on my research and my work as executive coach and trainer. I train teams and leaders in international organizations, both online and offline on the skills that are mentioned in my book and participants receive a copy of the book at the end of the training to support them in further developing those skills. I look forward to supporting many more organizations in this way in the future.


About the Author

Drs. Lies Wouters is an international positive psychology expert, work and organizational psychologist, advisor, trainer and team coach, based in the Netherlands. In addition to the comprehensive research, she has conducted about happiness and resilience, she assists organizations in the areas of: mental health; optimal functioning; motivation; and positive communication. Her mission is to contribute to reducing the number of burnouts in the Netherlands by helping to make people within organizations healthier and happier; and ensuring that they thrive in psychologically safe team environments. In 2018, she published her first book in Dutch, Hoe Dan (So Then How) together with a businesswoman who wrote about how she overcame life’s struggles. In their book, Lies responds to her explaining the psychological theories of what helped and why.

Lies is the founder of her own international business, OMG! which stands for tailor-made leadership and specializes in providing leadership training and coaching. For more than ten years, Lies and her team of fellow experts have been facilitating online and onsite leaders and professionals with business related workshops. Their work is underpinned by their professional knowledge that each individual is unique and each organization is unique. Thus, they only deliver custom work.

Lies is PhD student at the Open University in the Netherlands where she is researching the topic of psychological safety. The title “Drs” stands for doctorandus which is Latin for he/she/they who should become a doctor. Her first article about psychological safety will be published in the spring of 2022. When Lies is not pursuing her professional career and helping other people to thrive at work, she loves to spend time with her husband and two children. She enjoys being outside in nature at all times of the year. She also loves dancing and enjoying good, healthy food with family and friends.

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