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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.

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239 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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A chance question during a seminar exposed a cultural norm at Menlo Innovations that confounds most corporate thinkers. Menlo has no hierarchy. They are a team in the truest sense of the word.
Story by Richard Sheridan on July 14, 2013
It is with great anticipation, I begin to share my share excerpts of my upcoming book, The Risk Factor: Why Every Organization Needs Big Bets, Bold Characters, and the Occasional Spectacular
We talk a lot about how important communication is.  Communication within our organizations is one of the easiest, most valuable tools we have, and we don't always find a way to use it properly.&
Story by Michelle Paitich on September 20, 2010
Dear All,Educational schools have prize distribution, which include trophies.Year on Year, many schools quarter on quarter.The feeling, experience of  getting trophy in presence of parents,teache
Story by H S ANAND on February 8, 2015
Catalytic leadership helped a Swedish CEOintroduce organic, self-organizing principles,which helped save the company and pavethe way for international success.Clearly, theguidelines presented are not
Story by Charles Ehin on April 3, 2013
Many workforce professionals say the biggest threat to talent retention today is the gig economy, not other competing employers.
Story by Andre Lavoie on November 8, 2017
Dear All,Subtle operating style or subtle manners practised by leaders in business need to assessed by all of us.As self employed, aspiring to start, sustain a business, enterprise.
Story by H S ANAND on February 21, 2015
This hack was written as one of the requirements to obtain the Innovation Mentor Certification at CIMp.
Story by Dennis Agnew on September 19, 2016
It begins with you! In the greater sense of all aspects there are no cultural differences. Many of today’s existing, foremost believed cultures are simply pictured by different markets environments.
Story by Hans Soentgerath on November 7, 2010

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