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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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The organisational mantra of up-or-out is, in fact, out. Organiations need to develop a new way of recognising performance, and increase the skill-to-position match.
Hack by Group 14 on November 6, 2011
Recruitment, especially at the higher levels, is such a costly affair. It becomes more expensive once the recruit fails in the task he is expected to perform.
Hack by Madhusudan Rao on July 2, 2010
Inmost transformation efforts, changing the transparency of financialdata including salaries is like losing the last five pounds.
Hack by Susan Resnick West on July 2, 2011
We are living in a changing environment that demands that organisations develop their people to be innovative and flexible to succeed.
Hack by Daniel Henderson on September 26, 2011
We’re all finally recognizing that management and innovation are social activities – people activities.  So it has struck me as rather odd that HR is hardly mentioned in the conversation.  W
As we push just about everything into the cloud, and advancements in technology shrink or eliminate traditional barriers for people to interact and exchange value, the "trustworthiness stool" presents
Hack by Aaron Anderson on August 17, 2012
The suceess of any organisation depends on the TEAM .
Hack by NAVEEN KHAJANCHI on April 12, 2013
To effectively train and nurture managers/leaders, companies have to get involved.
Hack by Anna Smith on September 4, 2010

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