Session: Team Psychological Safety

Have you ever wondered why some teams just seem to tread water, staying afloat but not really making progress? Or how others seem to thrive and continually raise the bar? Is it the company culture? Or the team leader? Or is it because of the team members themselves?


Team psychological safety is defined as “a shared belief held by members of a team that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking”. A team that feels psychologically safe engages more easily in actions and behaviors that allow it to learn, and tackles new challenges with increased knowledge.


What is team psychological safety? How do you create it and what are the key influencing factors? Peter Cauwelier has evaluated how Action Learning impacts team psychological safety in a team, and found out that Action Learning is a clear accelerator of team psychological development.


During this interactive session, you will gain an understanding of:

Peter Cauwelier has more than 20 years of experience with international companies, in the fields of operations in general and manufacturing in particular.


In 2012, Peter started up ASIO Consulting (, an independent consulting business based in Bangkok, focusing on the organizational development of teams. ASIO Consulting helps teams to learn, to grow and to innovate together, and to take ownership of their own and their company’s future. The approach takes the team, with its capabilities and culture, as the starting point for change.


Peter is the first Thailand-based WIAL certified action learning coach, and started WIAL-Thailand, the affiliate of the World Institute for Action Learning (, in 2013. The mission of WIAL-Thailand is to promote the Action Learning methodology through discovery sessions, training and certification programs, and to develop a network of certified Action Learning coaches in Thailand. Peter has delivered Action Learning training and coaching with organizations in Thailand, the Philippines, India and Singapore, as well as public workshops, both in English and Thai. Peter is member of the board of directors of the World Institute for Action Learning for the period 2014-2015.


Peter is also certified as Mind Gym coach and has delivered Mind Gym programs to corporate customers in Thailand, Hong Kong and the Philippines (, a certified Belbin® facilitator ( and a certified MBTI® practitioner.


Peter worked for Essilor International from 1997 until 2012. He has held the positions of Plant Director (6 years, Thailand) and Director of Operational Strategy for Essilor North America Operations (4 years, USA). From 2009, Peter became Executive Vice President for Asia Operations in Essilor, responsible for 6 manufacturing locations in 4 countries in Asia, with a total of 8000 employees, covering the fields of manufacturing, supply chain, finance, human resources, quality and EHS.

Prior to joining Essilor, Peter worked as Manufacturing Manager in the medical disposable business in Thailand (4 years).


Peter is currently working towards a doctorate degree in the discipline of Knowledge and Innovation Management at Bangkok University (Bangkok, Thailand), with expected completion in 2015. His research focus is on how teams collaborate, learn and develop knowledge. The title of his dissertation is “The impact of Team Psychological Safety on Team Knowledge Creation: A Comparison Between Teams in Thailand, France and the USA”.


Peter also has obtained an executive MBA from Boston University (Boston, USA), and was the valedictorian for the class of 2007. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society of business programs accredited by AACSB International.


Prior to this, Peter has received degrees in Enterprise Administration and Management (Belgium, 1991), Master of Science in Advanced Manufacturing Technology (United Kingdom, 1990), and Master in Mechanical Engineering (Belgium, 1989).


Peter is currently President of the Franco-Thai Chamber of Commerce (


Peter speaks, reads and writes Dutch, French, English, and Thai. He is 48 years old and married.



Public speaking and teaching:



            ABF-Asia Manufacturing & Operations Best Practices 2010 summit, speaker

            22-23 November 2010 Bangkok


            Terrapinn Manufacturing Show Asia 2011, panelist and speaker

            28-29 June 2011 Singapore


            MarcusEvans Manufacturing Process Optimisation, Chairman and speaker

9-10 October 2011 Bangkok


Guest lecturer

            International MBA program, Bangkok University

            February-May 2012

            lecturer in the Operations Management course


Action Learning discovery sessions

Wall Street Institute, IKI-SEA, Thailand Productivity Institute, Asian Institute of

Technology, Creative Bangkok, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce,

Thammasat Business School, Singapore Management University (School of Business)


Executive Education

            The Next MBA pioneered by Mazars, Shanghai, March 2014

2 day session for senior executives on Leadership Transition and Culture and Business