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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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Establish corporate practice and structures which balance decison-making power by involving employees including the selection and hiring of managers and making them accountable to their direct reports
Hack by John Nyawo on October 4, 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 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
My Sales and Marketing journey began in a great country called Sultanate of Oman.  It was a role model sales team in the Middle East back in 1997 selling Automobile and industrial lubricants.&nbs
Story by Sridharan on October 4, 2011
A bottom-up approach in which the employees in each department "draft" their Manager and Supervisors, given certain limitations. The draft occurs every six months, fostering renewa
Hack by Justin Astrin on December 13, 2010
(Lifted from WIKI)  The hero's journey, is a basic pattern that is found in narratives from around the world.
Hack by christopher yates on June 6, 2012
Management concepts, style and notion of role and perceived duty has a lot to answer for when it comes to creating fear and culture of mistrust in organisation.
Hack by Nanai Muaau on May 17, 2011
Groupthink is a known evil according to the majority of leadership and decision making literature. Deadlock equally establishes itself as a block for productivity and innovation.
Hack by Gareth Jones on March 20, 2011
Instead of managers occupying a level above front-line workers, why not have them work under and for them? 
Hack by Josh Harrington on September 19, 2010
More for less is required from our Public Services. High priced CBD rents, expensive city centre living, long distance commutes. Staff are our great asset. Staff want a better work life balance.
Hack by Yorkie Owl on September 24, 2012

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