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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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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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Implement a pattern derivation system based on the conversations people in your organization have about their work life, stress level, relationship with management and co-workers and workplace environ
Hack by Aditya Ghuwalewala on October 30, 2013
Many scholars discuss visibility from the perspective of an employee making themselves more visible to executives within an organisation with the ambition of climbing the corporate ladder.
Hack by Amanda White on July 2, 2011
Leaders must act as facilitators and have the ability to give up control and bestow empowerment and autonomy to its workforce.
Hack by Allan Pollard on December 17, 2010
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Hack by Charles Ehin on March 9, 2012
I like those disclaimers at the beginning of every rated R movie. This movie is rated R as it contains graphic images, profanity, and may be disturbing to some viewers.
Hack by bari dzomba on April 2, 2013
Interestingly enough, many management surveys show that there is a high degree of trust from employees toward their first-line manager and that trust is eroding level after level as we are getting clo
Hack by Olivier Lavergne on November 29, 2010
Finding ways to impact every employee on a personal level. Recognizing the development of your future Leaders does not mean ownership of their life.
Hack by Felicia Simmons on March 20, 2011
The central premise is that capitalism in its current form is not broken.  Merely that it cannot operate in a vacuum, and without moral foundation.
Hack by Graeme Gellatly on May 8, 2012
Early in the innovation process, when the sky should be the limit, avoid the pitfalls of being too practical, too quick to jump to solutions, and too eager to work towards the familiar.This hack was w
Hack by Brian Janke on March 4, 2016

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