The C Word, Episode 5 – The Myth of Safe Spaces

image of Magalie with the title of The C Word episode: The Myth of Safe Spaces

The Myth of Safe Spaces

Is anyone still using the term ‘safe spaces’? Truth is, I don’t believe they exist. I do, however, believe they matter. To understand how both of those statements can be true and how to use them to your benefit as a Compassionate Leader, watch Episode 5 of The C Word.

What are Safe Spaces?

Safe spaces mean different things to different people, in different contexts. And contrary to popular belief, safe spaces are not inherent to the workplace – or anywhere, actually. With such a variety of definitions and expectations, there needs to be an understanding created amongst the members of a group working together. But how?

How Do We Create and Maintain Safe Spaces?

In this episode of The C Word, I lay out a 4-step framework for creating – and maintaining – a safe space in the work place. By having your team adhere to this framework will have you and your teams working together in a transparent and collaborative environment.

Watch the full episode here:

How to Connect With Us:

Click here to be notified as soon as each new episode is premiered.

Learn more about how you can work with Magalie René and Workplace Catalyst here.

To work with Magalie 1:1 as your coach, book your session directly here.


  • Episode intro… [0:00]
  • On the myth of safe spaces… [0:22]
  • On laying out the 4-step framework… [0:48]
  • On making the request… [1:16]
  • On setting parameters… [2:17]
  • On creating alignment… [2:41]
  • On holding accountability… [3:06]
  • On working with Workplace Catalyst… [3:57]

Video Highlight:

“…You could say, ‘Hey, remember at the beginning of this, we talked about this being a judgment-free zone. So, I just want to remind everyone that that’s what we aligned to.’ Just like that, you’ve held people accountable. And you’ve reset the safety in the space.”

You might also enjoy