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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.

123 Stories
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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Story by Andre Lavoie on November 8, 2017
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Hack by Earl Miller on October 23, 2017
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Barrier by Claude Diderich on October 6, 2017
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Hack by Emeka Ikwukeme on September 26, 2017
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Hack by Chad Hartzell on August 17, 2017
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Story by Laura Alfonsin on August 17, 2017
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Hack by Mary Kuhr Anderson on August 14, 2017
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Hack by Brett Belock on July 19, 2017
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Hack by David Graham IV on June 29, 2017
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Story by Bernhard Sterchi on April 16, 2017

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