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Increase trust, reduce fear

“The most critical challenge for any organization is to enlarge the circle of trust.”

Command-and-control systems reflect a deep mistrust of employees’ commitment and competence. They also tend to overemphasize sanctions as a way of forcing compliance. That’s why so many organizations are filled with anxious employees who are hesitant to take the initiative or trust their own judgment. Organizational adaptability, innovation, and employee engagement can only thrive in a high-trust, low-fear culture. In such an environment, information is widely shared, contentious opinions are freely expressed, and risk taking is encouraged. Fear paralyzes, mistrust demoralizes—they must be wrung out of our management systems.

121 Stories
238 Hacks
22 Barriers

Increase trust, reduce fear

“The most critical challenge for any organization is to enlarge the circle of trust.”

Command-and-control systems reflect a deep mistrust of employees’ commitment and competence. They also tend to overemphasize sanctions as a way of forcing compliance. That’s why so many organizations are filled with anxious employees who are hesitant to take the initiative or trust their own judgment. Organizational adaptability, innovation, and employee engagement can only thrive in a high-trust, low-fear culture. In such an environment, information is widely shared, contentious opinions are freely expressed, and risk taking is encouraged. Fear paralyzes, mistrust demoralizes—they must be wrung out of our management systems.

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If we look at all the crises our world is in, we definitely need some sort of societal renewal strategies. The crises put more and more pressure on it.
Barrier by Louis Dietvorst on December 6, 2011
To address the urgent challenge of impatient capital and epidemic myopic short-termism, we propose a new paradigm: Soft Tenure.Soft-tenure is an innovative management paradig
Authority in most group scenarios is taken, not necessarily granted, so I decided to change up the rules a bit. And I mean rules in the literal sense.
Hack by Rod Johnson on May 26, 2013
We need leaders today that know how to create engagement and unleash innovation in every person from the front desk to the C-Suite through autonomy, accountability … and a little bit of surfing. 
Hack by Rick Hansen on April 19, 2018
Use a powerful framework and proven process disciplines to sharply focus enterprise strategy on accelerating value creation.  Avoid warm and fuzzy objectives (
Hack by Richard Melrose on July 21, 2010
LSG Skychefs New Zealand with its parent company Lufthansa, is currently trying to implement and drive sustainable change throughout the company.
Story by Heine de Bruin on December 23, 2011
More for less is required from our Public Services. High priced CBD rents, expensive city centre living, long distance commutes. Staff are our great asset. Staff want a better work life balance.
Hack by Yorkie Owl on September 24, 2012
In today’s organizations there is not only a gap in leadership but a seemingly high level of denial.
Hack by Marla Hetzel on July 14, 2013
Individual development assessment is either a twice a year or once a year event. Many managers does not fully grasp the right way to assess and develop employees.
Hack by Simon Ng on August 18, 2010

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