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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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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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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
 People are inherently selfish when it comes to work.  They serve their own interests first and foremost.
Hack by SHANE BOND on July 3, 2011
The last 50 years economies have evolved from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy which brings us to the latest economy which is known as the creative economy.
Hack by Pieter du Plooy on October 1, 2011
Embracing the principles of Autonomy & Trust and Openess & Transparency, this hack aims to establish the credibility and value of HR as a business partner by adapting the language and measurem
Hack by Harrison Withers on July 17, 2013
The idea of driving the personal growth of independent sales contractors to achieve more sales, especially when you will be using their targets to be communicated from the bottom up in determ
Hack by Gerhard Verwey on July 16, 2011
Too often leaders think trust should flow one way: toward them. Instead, leaders should demonstrate trust in their coworkers first.
Hack by Gary Cohen on October 15, 2010
Organizations can be wildly successful, while at the same time creating an environment where their employees are ecstatic to go to work, every day, for generations to come.  It means embracing ou
Hack by Arlene Dilworth on February 21, 2014
This Hack proposes options and opportunities for radical change to all levels of traditional operational processes by moving the organisation to the Web 2.0 space.

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